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
Year at a Glance
Noontime Meditation | Wednesdays and Fridays July 3-31 12:00-12:30 PM
New! Sunday Morning Series: The Confidence to Change | Sundays July 7-38 10:00-11:30 AM
Meditation for Kids | Sundays July 7-21 10:00-11:30 AM (No Class July 28)
Mantra Rolling Workshop | Saturday, July 22 10:00 AM-1:00 PM
Noontime Meditation | Wednesdays and Fridays August 1-30 12:00-12:30 PM
Free Sunday Morning Class and Fall Open House | Sunday, August 18 10:00-11:30 AM
New! Sunday Morning Series: The Confidence to Change | Sundays August 18 and 25 (No Class August 4 or 11) 10:00-11:30 AM
Meditation for Kids | Sundays August 18 and 25 (No Class August 4 or 11) 10:00-11:30 AM
KMC Madison Fall Fair and Yard Sale | Saturday, August 31 9:00 AM-5:00 PM
Starting in 2019
Classes in Milwaukee | New! Series starts September 9, 2019 - Sign up for details and updates!
Fall International Festival at International Kadampa Retreat Center Grand Canyon, USA | September 27-October 3