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.
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
2018 at a Glance
Free Meditation and Talk: The Power to Be Happy | Thursday, January 18 7:00-8:00 PM
Just Meditate | Saturday, January 20 10:00-10:45 AM
35 Confession Buddhas Purification Practice and Commentary | Tuesday, January 23 7:00-9:00 PM
Clear Mind Retreat Weekend with Kelsang Zamling | Friday, January 26-Sunday, January 28
Friday Night Lecture with Kelsang Zamling: Limitless Mind Limitless Life | Friday, January 26 7:00-8:15 PM
Clear Sky Mind Retreat with Kelsang Zamling | Saturday, January 27 9:00 AM- 4:00 PM
Special Sunday Morning Meditation: Moving Beyond Limitations with Kelsang Zamling | Saturday, January 28 10:00-11:30 AM
Just Meditate | Saturday, February 3 10:00-10:45 AM
Balance Your Life Through Meditation | Thursdays February 1-22 7:00-8:30 PM
Choose Love Half-Day Course | Saturday, February 10 1-4 PM
Stillness in a Shaken World: Developing Confidence in the Power of Our Mind: A Weekend with Kadam Lucy James | Friday, February 23- Sunday, February 25
Friday Night Lecture with Kadam Lucy: Our Power for Lasting Change | Friday, February 23 7:00-8:15 PM
Meditation Retreat with Kadam Lucy: Experiencing Our Limitless Mind in Meditation | Saturday, February 24 9:00 AM- 4:00 PM
Special Sunday Morning Meditation with Kadam Lucy: Staying Connected to Our Pure Potential | Sunday, February 25 10:00-11:30 AM
Free Book Talk at Barnes and Noble West: How To Solve Our Human Problems | Saturday, March 3 2-3 PM
Loving Difficult People | Thursdays March 1-29 7:00-8:30 PM (No Class Thursday, March 15)
A Heart of Loving Kindness: Healing a Hurting World: The Blessing Empowerment of Buddha Maitreya | Saturday, March 17 9:00 AM-5:00 PM
Just Meditate | Saturday, March 24 10:00-10:45 AM
Friday Night Lecture: Say Goodbye to Guilt | Friday, March 30 7:00-8:15 PM
NKT Day Open House and Free Meditation | Saturday, April 7 12:00 PM- 2:00 PM
Wisdom in Modern Times: Teachings on Heart Jewel | Thursdays April 5-19 7:00-8:30 PM
Compassion Fasting Retreat | Saturday, April 14 6:30 AM-4:00 PM
Just Meditate | Saturday, April 21 10:00-10:45 AM
US Festival KMC New York | April 27-May 2
Overcoming the Inner Enemy of Distraction | Thursdays May 10-31 7:00-8:30 PM
Mindfulness Meditation Retreat | Saturday, May 12 9:00 AM-4:00 PM
Friday Night Lecture: Imagine Yourself Without Worry | Friday, May 18 7:00-8:15 PM