Modern Buddhist Tradition

Kadampa Buddhism is a Mahayana Buddhist school founded by the great Indian Buddhist Master Atisha (AD 982-1054).

His followers are known as ‘Kadampas’. ‘Ka’ refers to Buddha’s teachings, and ‘dam’ to Atisha’s special Lamrim instructions known as ‘the stages of the path to enlightenment’. Kadampas, then, are practitioners who regard Buddha’s teachings as personal instructions and put them into practice by following the instructions of Lamrim.

The Kadampa tradition was later promoted widely in Tibet by Je Tsongkhapa and his followers, who were known as the ‘New Kadampas’.

Transforming daily activities into the path

By integrating their knowledge of all Buddha’s teachings into their practice of Lamrim, and by integrating this into their everyday lives, Kadampa Buddhists are encouraged to use Buddha’s teachings as practical methods for transforming daily activities into the path to enlightenment.

The great Kadampa Teachers are famous not only for being great scholars but also for being spiritual practitioners of immense purity and sincerity.

Lineage

The lineage of these teachings, both their oral transmission and blessings, was passed from Teacher to disciple, spreading throughout much of Asia, and now to many countries throughout the western world.

Buddha’s teachings, which are known as ‘Dharma’, are likened to a wheel that moves from country to country in accordance with changing conditions and people’s karmic inclinations.

The external forms of presenting Buddhism may change as it meets with different cultures and societies, but its essential authenticity is ensured through the continuation of an unbroken lineage of realized practitioners.

Modern Kadampa Buddhism

Through the activities and dedication of the renowned Buddhist Master, Venerable Geshe Kelsang Gyatso, Kadampa Buddhism has spread to many countries in recent years.

Venerable Geshe Kelsang Gyatso has worked tirelessly to spread Kadampa Buddhism throughout the world by giving extensive teachings, writing many profound texts on Kadampa Buddhism, and founding the New Kadampa Tradition.

Kadampa Meditation Center Madison

Year at a Glance

 

May

Noontime Meditation | Wednesdays and Fridays May 1-31 12:00-12:30 PM (No Class May 17)

Stress Factor Zero: Stress Buster Meditation Series | Thursdays May 2, 9 and 23 7:00-8:00 PM 

Sunday Morning Series: How to Solve Our Human Problems | Sundays May 19-26 10:00-11:30 AM

Meditation for Kids | Sundays May 12-26 10:00-11:30 AM

International Spring Festival at Manjushri KMC | May 24-29

Weekend Away Retreat: Abiding in Clarity at Siena Retreat Center in Racine, WI | May 31-June 2

 

June

Weekend Away Retreat: Abiding in Clarity at Siena Retreat Center in Racine, WI | May 31-June 2

Noontime Meditation | Wednesdays and Fridays June 5-28 12:00-12:30 PM

Stress Factor Zero: Stress Buster Meditation Series | Thursdays June 6-20 7:00-8:00 PM

Creating the Life You Want Part 1: Friday Night Lecture Silencing the Inner Critic | Friday, June 7  7:00-8:30 PM

Sunday Morning Series: How to Solve Our Human Problems | Sundays June 9-30 10:00-11:30 AM (No Class June 2)

Meditation for Kids | Sundays June 9-30 10:00-11:30 AM

Creating the Life You Want Part 2: Awakening Our Pure Potential | Saturday, June 22  10:00 AM-1:00 PM

 

Save the Date!

KMC Madison Fall Fair and Yard Sale | Saturday, August 31 9:00 AM-5:00 PM

 

 

Starting in 2019

Classes in Milwaukee | Spring 2019 - Sign up for details and updates!

Fall International Festival at International Kadampa Retreat Center Grand Canyon, USA  | September 27-October 3 

 

 

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