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
Sunday Morning Series: Learning to Be Happy | Sundays September 2-30 10:00-11:30 AM
Meditation for Kids | Sundays September 2-30 10:00-11:30 AM
Noontime Meditation | Wednesdays and Fridays September 5-28 12:00-12:30 PM
Transforming Pain Thursday Meditation Series | Thursdays, September 6-27 7:00-8:30 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
Noontime Meditation | Wednesdays and Fridays October 3-21 12:00-12:30 PM
International Fall Festival KMC Portugal | October 5-11
Sunday Morning Series: Learning to Be Happy | Sundays October 7-28 10:00-11:30 AM
Meditation for Kids | Sundays October 7-28 10:00-11:30 AM
Just Meditate | Saturday, October 13 10:00-10:45 AM
Free Sunday Class and Open House | Sunday, October 14 10:00 AM-11:30 AM and 11:30-1:00 PM
What Does It Mean to Be a Buddhist | Thursdays, October 18-November 15 7:00 PM-8:30 PM * No Class November 1
Life is But a Dream: An Introduction to Emptiness | October 20 10:00-2:45 PM
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
Midwest Dharma Celebration: Medicine for the Mind | November 2-4
Noontime Meditation | Wednesdays and Fridays November 7-30 12:00-12:30 PM
What Does It Mean to Be a Buddhist | Thursdays, October 4-November 15 (No Class November 1) 7:00 PM-8:30 PM
New! Sunday Morning Series: How to Solve Our Human Problems | Sundays November 11-25 10:00-11:30 AM
Meditation for Kids | Sundays November 11-25 10:00-11:30 AM
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
New! Sunday Morning Series: How to Solve Our Human Problems | Sundays December 2-30 11-25 10:00-11:30 AM
Meditation for Kids | Sundays December 2-30 11-25 10:00-11:30 AM
Noontime Meditation | Wednesdays and Fridays December 5-28 12:00-12:30 PM
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