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

2018 at a Glance

 

May

New! Sunday Morning Series: Learning to Be Happy | Sundays May 6-27 10:00-11:30 AM

Overcoming Distraction | Thursdays May 10-31 7:00-8:30 PM

The Power to Be Happy: Free Meditation and Talk at E.D Locke Public Library, McFarland | Wednesday, May 23 6:30-7:30 PM

International Spring Festival KMC Manjushri | May 25-30

 

June

How to Rely On a Spiritual Guide: Enjoying a Lifetime of Inspiration (Part 1) Teachings and Meditations  | Saturday, June 2 10:00 AM- 2:45 PM

Special Sunday Morning Series Class: How to Rely on a Spiritual Guide: Enjoying a Lifetime of Inspiration (Part 2) | Sunday, June 3 10:00-11:30 AM

Puja and Party: Offering to the Spiritual Guide Puja with Food Offering (Part 3) | Monday, June 4 5:00-8:00 PM

New! Sunday Morning Series: Learning to Be Happy | Sundays June 3-24 10:00-11:30 AM

Dealing with Loss | Thursdays June 7-21 7:00-8:30 PM

Just Meditate | Saturday, June 9 10:00-10:45 AM

Friday Night Lecture: Love Without Pain | Friday, June 15 7:00-8:15 PM

Good Karma Bowl-A-Rama Fundraiser at Dream Lanes | Saturday, June 23 12:00 PM- 3:00 PM

 

July

Sunday Morning Series: Learning to Be Happy | Sundays July 1-22 10:00-11:30 AM

Just Meditate | Saturday, July 7 10:00-10:45 AM

Just Meditate | Saturday, July 21 10:00-10:45 AM

International Summer Festival KMC Manjushri | July 27-August 11

 

August

International Summer Festival KMC Manjushri | July 27-August 11

Just Meditate | Saturday, August 18 10:00-10:45 AM

Center Cherishing Day | Sunday, August 19 12:00 PM -2:00 PM

Sunday Morning Series: Learning to Be Happy | Sundays August 19-26 10:00-11:30 AM

Fall Friday Night Lecture Kick-off: Staying Calm When Things Go Wrong | Friday, August 24 7:00-8:15 PM

 

September

Sunday Morning Series: Learning to Be Happy | Sundays September 2-30 10:00-11:30 AM

Transforming Pain Thursday Meditation Series | Thursdays, September 6-27 7:00-8:30 PM

Just Meditate | Saturday September 8 10:00-10:45 AM

Friday Night Lecture: Responding to Rejection | Friday, September 21 7:00-8:15 PM

Center Cherishing Day | Sunday, September 23 12:00 PM -2:00 PM

Safe Inside Meditation Retreat | Saturday, September 29 9:00 AM-4:00 PM

 

October

What Does It Mean to Be a Buddhist | Thursdays, October 4-November 15 7:00 PM-8:30 PM

International Fall Festival KMC Portugal | October 5-11

Life is But a Dream: An Introduction to Emptiness | October 13 10:00-2:45 PM

Just Meditate | Saturday September 8 10:00-10:45 AM

Friday Night Lecture: Freedom from Fear and Anxiety | Friday, October 26 7:00-8:15 PM

Center Cherishing Day | Sunday, October 28 12:00 PM -2:00 PM

 

November

Midwest Dharma Celebration: Medicine for the Mind | November 2-4

What Does It Mean to Be a Buddhist | Thursdays, October 4-November 15 (No Class November 1) 7:00 PM-8:30 PM

Healing from the Heart: Taking and Giving Retreat | November 17 9:00 AM-4:00 PM

Center Cherishing Day | Sunday, November 18 12:00 PM -2:00 PM

Just Meditate | Saturday, November 24 10:00-10:45 AM

Friday Night Lecture: How to Survive the Holiday Season | Friday, November 30 7:00-8:15 PM

 

December

Streams of Purifying Nectar: Vajrasattva Retreat | Saturday, December 8 9:00 AM-5:00 PM

Just Meditate | Saturday, December 15 10:00-10:45 AM

Meditations for a Wise Heart | Thursdays, December 6-20  7:00 PM-8:30 PM

Center Cherishing Day | Sunday, December 16 12:00 PM -2:00 PM

Festival of Lights Christmas Eve | Monday, December 24 7:00-8:30 PM