Our Tradition

The New Kadampa Tradition

The New Kadampa Tradition – International Kadampa Buddhist Union (NKT-IKBU) is an international association of Mahayana Buddhist study and meditation centres founded by Venerable Geshe Kelsang Gyatso in 1991 to offer the practical wisdom of Kadampa Buddhism to the people of our modern world.

Through Geshe Kelsang’s tireless activities and kindness there are now over 1100 centres and groups offering Buddha’s wisdom advice to people in 40 countries across the world.

The NKT-IKBU follows the pure tradition of Mahayana Buddhism handed down in an unbroken lineage from Buddha Shakyamuni through the ancient Kadampa teachers Atisha and Je Tsongkhapa and introduced into the West by Geshe Kelsang.

The purpose of the NKT-IKBU is to increase the Buddhist faith throughout the world. It is an entirely independent Buddhist tradition that has no political affiliations.

The NKT-IKBU is an international non-profit organization registered in England as a charitable company.

Authentic Lineage

Atisha (982-1054)

Je Tsongkhapa (1357-1419)

Venerable Geshe Kelsang Gyatso

Ven.Geshe Kelsang Gyatso (born 1931)

Modern Buddhism

We offer a modern presentation of Buddhism that enables people with busy lives to experience deep and lasting happiness.The instructions given at our classes are grounded in ancient wisdom and have been handed down in an unbroken lineage since the time of Buddha. Revitalised by contemporary Meditation Master Venerable Geshe Kelsang Gyatso especially for the people of the modern world, our classes offer practical methods for solving the real-world problems we face, as well as scientific methods for improving our human nature and qualities through developing the capacity of our mind.

Everyone is welcome

Our Founder

Venerable Geshe Kelsang Gyatso is the founder of the New Kadampa Tradition – International Kadampa Buddhist Union (NKT-IKBU). He is a remarkable and humble Buddhist monk dedicated to helping people throughout the world find true happiness in their hearts through the practice of meditation. Venerable Geshe-la is a fully accomplished meditation master and internationally renowned teacher of Buddhism.

In his teachings, Geshe-la emphasises the importance of how to integrate the practice of meditation and of Buddha’s teachings into our modern day lives, showing how to transform daily activities into a spiritual path.

Geshe Kelsang has worked tirelessly to spread Kadampa Buddhism throughout the world by giving extensive teachings, writing many books on Kadampa Buddhism, establishing the International Temples Project and founding the New Kadampa Tradition, the International Kadampa Buddhist Union.s

Our General Spiritual Director

Gen-la Kelsang Dekyong

is the General Spiritual Director of the NKT-IKBU and the Resident Teacher at Manjushri KMC, the Mother Center of Kadampa Buddhism.

Gen-la has studied and practised Kadampa Buddhism for many years under the guidance of her Spiritual Guide Venerable Geshe Kelsang Gyatso.

As one of Venerable Geshe Kelsang’s close disciples, Gen-la Dekyong’s teachings, humour and kindness exemplify the essence of the Buddhist way of life. She is a perfect example of a Kadampa Teacher.

Each year Gen-la Dekyong teaches at the International Festivals, National Festivals and Dharma Celebrations throughout the world.