About The Centre
& Kadampa Buddhism
Vajravarahi Kadampa Meditation Centre in Preston is part of the New Kadampa Tradition – International Kadampa Buddhist Union. This is an international association of Mahayana Buddhist study and meditation centres that follow the Kadampa Buddhist tradition founded by Venerable Geshe Kelsang Gyatso Rinpoche.
Vajravarahi KMC, Preston
is based at 38 West Cliff, Preston, and has a large meditation room, lounge, and dinning area.
There has been meditation classes in the local area since the 1980s, with the present building being used since the early 2000s.
There may be opportunities to live at the Centre or to do voluntary work. For more details call (01772) 884919 or email [email protected]
is a special tradition of Mahayana Buddhism founded by Atisha (982-1054 CE), an Indian Buddhist Master largely responsible for the reintroduction of Buddhism into Tibet in the eleventh century.
‘Ka’ refers to all Buddha’s Sutra and Tantra teachings, and ‘dam’ refers to Atisha’s special instructions called the ‘Stages of the Path’, or ‘Lamrim’ in Tibetan.
Kadampa Buddhists integrate their knowledge of all Buddha’s teachings into their everyday lives. The Kadampa Geshes, the followers of Atisha, were not only great scholars but also spiritual practitioners of immense purity and sincerity.
The New Kadampa Tradition – International Kadampa Buddhist Union (NKT–IKBU)
is an international association of Mahayana Buddhist study and meditation centres that follow the Kadampa Buddhist tradition founded by Venerable Geshe Kelsang Gyatso Rinpoche.
These Centers all follow the three New Kadampa Tradition Study Programs and are guided by a common code of moral discipline called the Internal Rules of the NKT–IKBU.
To bring them together under the auspices of a legal entity, every NKT–IKBU Centre is a member of an international Buddhist charity with the same name ‘New Kadampa Tradition – International Kadampa Buddhist Union’.
The International Temples Project
was founded by Venerable Geshe Kelsang Gyatso Rinpoche, with the aim to introduce the Buddhist faith and practice of the New Kadampa Tradition publicly, and to exemplify contemporary Buddhist practice through service to the public. It presently achieves this through building traditional and non-traditional temples, meditation and retreat centres, and through the activities of world peace cafés and Tharpa Publications.
Manjushri KMC in Ulverston, Cumbria is home to the first Kadampa Temple for World Peace, which houses the largest bronze statue of Buddha cast in the West.
is at the historic Conishead Priory in Ulverston.
Visitors to the Centre can enjoy the peaceful atmosphere of the romantic gothic house set in fine gardens and extensive woodlands that lead down to the shores of Morecambe Bay.
The centre offers a wide range of accommodation including single, twin and dormitory rooms. You can also visit for the day or come on a working visit to experience life in a residential community.
Disabled facilities are available.
The Temple and ground floor of the main house is wheelchair accessible.
For more details go to www.manjushri.org or call (01229) 584 029.
are held every year by the New Kadampa Tradition – International Kadampa Buddhist Union (NKT-IKBU). They are a a world wide programme of special courses on Buddhism and meditation that explain how to apply Buddha’s teachings (Dharma) to modern living. The programme includes International Festivals, National Festivals and Dharma Celebrations.
These Festivals and Dharma Celebrations provide a precious opportunity to study and practise the special presentation of modern Buddhism taught by Venerable Geshe Kelsang Gyatso Rinpoche, the Founder of the NKT.
The events vary in length from two days to two weeks, but whatever their duration they all offer a vacation with a difference – a chance to break free from the hectic routines of daily life and focus on the things that really matter. You will come away not only refreshed and relaxed but also spiritually re-energised.
A Spring Festival in May and a Summer Festival in July & August are held every year at Manjushri KMC in Ulverston.
For more info go to www.kadampafestivals.org