Kadampa Buddhism

What is Kadampa Buddhism?

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 refers to Atisha’s instructions on Lamrim (the “Stages of the Path to Enlightenment,” also known as Kadam Lamrim). Kadam therefore refers to the union of Buddha’s teachings and Atisha’s instructions, and sincere practitioners of Kadam Lamrim are called Kadampas. –Modern Buddhism

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Kadampa Buddhists are encouraged to use Buddha’s teachings as practical methods for transforming daily activities into the spiritual path. Kadam Dharma accords with people’s daily experience; it cannot be separated from daily life.

Over 1,200 Kadampa Buddhist Centers and groups in over 30 countries offer study programs on Buddhist psychology, philosophy, and meditation instruction, as well as retreats for all levels of practitioner. The emphasis is on integrating Buddha’s teachings into daily life to solve our human problems and to spread lasting peace and happiness throughout the world.