ABOUT

ABOUT

About Buddhism

The founder of Buddhism in this world was Buddha Shakyamuni who lived and taught in India some two and a half thousand years ago. Since then millions of people around the world have followed the pure spiritual path he revealed.

Buddha explained that all our problems and suffering arise from confused and negative states of mind, and all our happiness and good fortune arise from peaceful and positive states of mind.

He taught methods for gradually overcoming minds such as anger, jealousy and ignorance, and developing positive minds such as love, compassion and wisdom. Through this we will come to experience lasting peace and happiness.

These methods work for anyone, in any country, in any age. Once we have gained experience of them for ourselves we can pass them on to others so they, too, can enjoy the same benefits.

The Buddhist way of life – peace, loving kindness and wisdom – is just as relevant today as it was when Buddha appeared in ancient India.

See website: About Buddha

Our Founder and Tradition

Geshe Kelsang Gyatso – Founder of the NKT

Venerable Geshe Kelsag Gyatso is a fully accomplished meditation master and internationally renowned teacher of Buddhism.

Geshe-la, as he is affectionately called by his students, is primarily responsible for the worldwide revival of Kadampa Buddhism in our time.

Study and Retreat

From the age of eight Geshe-la studied extensively in the great monastic universities of Tibet and earned the title Geshe, which literally means spiritual friend. Under the guidance of Trijang Rinpoche, his Spiritual Guide, he then spent the next eighteen years in meditation retreats in the Himalayas.

Teaching in the West

In 1977 he accepted an invitation to teach at Manjushri Kadampa Meditation Centre in England, where he lived for many years giving teachings and guidance to an ever-growing group of disciples.

Geshe-la has continued to teach on Kadampa Buddhism in many countries around the world, and published a series of remarkable books on Buddhist thought and meditation.

He has established three unique study programmes and over 1000 meditation centres around the world, trained qualified teachers and a flourishing ordained community, and created a project to build Buddhist Temples in every major city in the world.

Teaching From Example

In his teachings Geshe Kelsang emphasizes the importance of meditation and how to apply it in daily life, the need to be truly happy, and how to cultivate a good heart to help others and he demonstrates these qualities perfectly in his own life.

This remarkable teacher inspires so many people from so many different countries because he teaches from example.

He is a humble Buddhist monk dedicated to helping people throughout the world find true happiness in their hearts.

The New Kadampa Tradition 

This center is a member of the New Kadampa Tradition – International Kadampa Buddhist Union (NKT-IKBU).

This is a Mahayana Buddhist tradition founded by Venerable Geshe Kelsang Gyatso that is derived from the Buddhist meditators and scholars Atisha and Je Tsongkhapa.

NKT is an association of study and meditation centres dedicated to helping people everywhere find meaning and purpose in their lives, and to the developing of genuine inner peace and happiness.

Putting Buddha’s teachings into practice in the context of our family and work commitments, we discover they are unsurpassed methods to resolve daily difficulties and problems.

Rapidly growing, our Kadampa community is an international family, offering support, inspiration and encouragement for this joyful and profound spiritual path at centres around the world.

For more information please see the main Kadampa website.

Our Centre

Kadampa Meditation Centre Australia

Kadampa Meditation Centre Australia (KMCA) is the national centre for Kadampa Buddhism in Australia. Located an hour outside of Melbourne in the lush forest of the Dandenong Ranges, it is the perfect place for experiencing inner peace.

The purpose of KMCA is to provide a peaceful and inspiring place for people to learn about meditation and Buddhism. KMCA has an extraordinary Buddhist Temple, established for World Peace, in which a range of classes and courses are held. 

KMCA is home to a residential community of monks, nuns and lay practitioners, and offers in-depth study programs for those wishing to increase their understanding of Buddhism. KMCA also hosts national and international events with highly respected Kadampa Buddhist teachers from Australia and abroad.

KMCA is a non-profit organisation whose aim is to create peace and harmony within our world. All proceeds go towards this aim, and specifically for building International Temples for World Peace. 

Due to current circumstances all of our classes and events are currently being live streamed from Kadampa Meditation Centre Australia.

Kadampa Meditation Centre Melbourne coming soon

Coming soon in 2020, Kadampa Meditation Centre (KMC) Melbourne will open the doors to its incredible new venue in the heart of Melbourne.

After many years of searching, we have finally purchased the perfect ground floor premises. The handsome Victorian building is described by Heritage Victoria as a distinctive example of renaissance revival style, and is of historical significance to the city of Melbourne. We aim to preserve its beautiful and distinctive architectural features, while transforming it into a modern-day oasis for our 
busy city.

Combining old world charm with contemporary design, our new space will offer the people of Melbourne a comfortable, peaceful environment for enjoying meditation and modern Buddhism.

The Centre will be located at 79-81 Franklin St, Melbourne.

Our General Spiritual Director

The Spiritual Director of NKT-IKBU is Gen-la Kelsang Dekyong a Buddhist nun and senior disciple of Geshe Kelsang Gyatso.

Gen-la Dekyong has studied and practiced Kadampa Buddhism for many years under the guidance of Venerable Geshe Kelsang Gyatso.

As one of Venerable Geshe Kelsang’s close disciples, Gen-la Dekyong’s dedication and kindness exemplify the essence of the Buddhist way of life.

Our Resident Teacher

Gen Kelsang Dornying is the Resident Teacher of both Kadampa Meditation Centre Australia and Kadampa Meditation Centre Melbourne. He has been teaching Kadam Dharma in Australia for over 16 years. He is an inspiring and light-hearted teacher of modern Buddhism who makes Buddha’s teachings clear, accessible and applicable to modern life.

Gen Dornying teaches a variety of live streamed events throughout the week, as well as regular workshop and events. Please see kadampa.live for the full list of classes and events of offer. 

International Temples Project

The International Temples Project was founded by Venerable Geshe Kelsang Gyatso with the vision to create a Kadampa Buddhist Temple in every major city in the world.

Its aim is to introduce the Buddhist Faith of the New Kadampa Tradition publicly and in particular to exemplify Buddhist practice through public service.

Pure Lands in our Troubled World

Kadampa Buddhist Temples take many forms.

Some are custom built according to a special design developed by Geshe Kelsang based on traditional Buddhist architecture, such as the Mother Temple at Manjushri Kadampa Meditation Centre in England and the Temples in New York, and São Paulo.

Others are adapted from existing buildings acquired for Kadampa Meditation Centers around the world, such as the Temples in Toronto, Le Mans, Berlin, Zurich, Texas, and Melbourne.

Whatever form they take,Kadampa Temples are holy places open to everyone to enjoy. They are Pure Lands in our troubled world – offering doorways to inner peace for all who visit them.

“Whenever anyone, Buddhist or not, sees a Temple or an image of Buddha they receive blessings.”
Venerable Geshe Kelsang Gyatso

For more information about the International Temples Project, including ways you can help, visit kadampatemples.org

“A Temple is one of the best ways of benefiting other living beings – it is the best form of public service.”

Venerable Geshe Kelsang Gyatso