ABOUT US

‘Everyone is welcome’ is the watchword of Modern Kadampa Buddhism.

Whether you are a Buddhist or not, you will definitely find something in the teachings and practices of Modern Kadampa Buddhism that will help you find inner peace, solve your everyday problems, and improve your relationships with others.

Maitreya Kadampa Buddhist Centre (MKBC)  in Adelaide is a member of the International Union of Kadampa Buddhism, a worldwide association of over 1200 centers and groups of the New Kadampa Tradition (NKT), which was established by Venerable Geshe Kelsang Gyatso.

Our aim to provide meditation and Buddhism classes available to everyone to help keep a peaceful and happy mind. We hold weekly meditation classes around Adelaide in varying locations, we also hold online classes for people who are unable to attend our classes in-person. 

We are a non-for-profit organisation, all our classes and courses are run completely by volunteers.

 

Contact information:

The best way to contact us is by email: info@meditationinadelaide.org, you can also send us a message via facebook messenger, or call or text on the number below.

Phone Number: 0466 474 030

 

THE TEACHER

Gen Kelsang Tsalden is a fully ordained, western Buddhist nun and Resident Teacher of Maitreya Kadampa Buddhist Centre in Adelaide.

Ordained in 2006 by her Teacher – fully accomplished meditation master and internationally renowned teacher of Buddhism, Venerable Geshe Kelsang Gyatso Rinpoche – Gen Tsalden has studied Modern Buddhism extensively, both in Australia and the UK.

As Modern Buddhism provides a complete re-presentation of the Buddhist path in accordance with the needs and inclinations of the modern world, it is extremely relatable and relevant, particularly in today’s climate of fear and uncertainty and increasing issues in our society such as anxiety and depression.

Gen Tsalden teaches several study programs as a part of her role as Resident Teacher in Adelaide, from simple weekly drop-in classes, to an intensive, higher level study of a complete Buddhist text, over the course of several years.

With more than a decade of experience in teaching and public speaking, she is not only an accomplished presenter at an intellectual level, but also imparts a deep, personal experience of the practice of Buddhism in daily life. Her clear, warm and light hearted delivery of profound, life-changing Buddhist teachings, makes her classes and courses extremely popular and has seen a new generation of young people discovering and using these practical, logical and helpful instructions, to solve their daily problems and increase their happiness and peace of mind.

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

Buddha Shakyamuni

OUR FOUNDER AND TRADITION

Venerable Geshe Kelsang Gyatso, founder of New Kadampa Tradition – International Kadampa Buddhist Union (NKT-IKBU), is a truly remarkable person. Born in a remote village high on the Tibetan plateau he ordained as a Buddhist monk at the age of eight and spent the next twenty years studying the teachings of Buddha in the great Tibetan monasteries.
After concluding his studies and being awarded the title ‘Geshe’, which means ‘virtuous spiritual friend’, he entered a life of meditation, engaging in deep retreat at first near the Nepali border and later in the mountains of northern India, where he soon developed a reputation as a great meditator, with many coming to regard him as a modern day Mahasiddha.

After almost twenty years in retreat, in 1977 at the behest of his own Spiritual Guide, Kyabje Trijang Dorjechang, Geshe Kelsang graciously accepted an invitation from Manjushri Centre to travel to the West and become the Resident Teacher at what was then a fledgling Buddhist centre that had recently acquired Conishead Priory as its base.

Since that time Manjushri Centre has been Geshe Kelsang’s spiritual home, where he has given thousands of teachings. Many of these teachings have been published in 22 highly acclaimed books on Buddhism and meditation, including his latest title, The Oral Instructions of Mahamudra.

Geshe Kelsang is a great believer in the universal applicability of Buddha’s teachings and presents them in such a way that everyone, regardless of nationality, age or gender, can put them into practice in their daily lives and begin to experience true inner peace.

He understands the problems faced by modern people and shows how we can solve them through simple scientific methods taught by Buddha. But though his teachings are extraordinarily clear and easy to understand they contain the entire profound lineage of ancient wisdom he holds. Geshe-la’s oft-repeated phrase, ‘simple, but very profound’ perfectly encapsulates his uncommon presentation of modern Buddhism.

While at Manjushri Centre Geshe Kelsang designed and oversaw the construction of the first Kadampa Temple for World Peace, and inaugurated the International Temples Project with the intention to establish Buddhist institutions such as Temples throughout the world.
Over the years, Geshe Kelsang has founded more than a thousand meditation centres and groups in over forty countries, and has established three study programmes – the General Programme, the Foundation Programme, and the Teacher Training Programme – to be taught continuously at these centres.

He has trained hundreds of teachers and ordained scores of monks and nuns, and transmitted a complete lineage not only of teachings and insights but also of prayers, ritual practices, sacred art and music, all tailored to the needs of the modern world.

Though he has now formally retired as Spiritual Director, even at the age of eighty he continues to work tirelessly to spread the precious teachings of Kadampa Buddhism throughout the world with the intention that each and every living being will eventually experience the supreme permanent mental peace of enlightenment.

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