We are Kadampa Meditation Center North Carolina

Kadampa Meditation Center North Carolina exists to provide everybody in the NC area with the opportunity to learn about and practice Buddha’s teachings. To fulfill this aim we have created a peaceful city sanctuary located in Dilworth. Based on the books of the modern day Buddhist teacher, Venerable Geshe Kelsang Gyatso, we present Buddha’s teachings in an accessible manner that can easily be integrated into busy modern life.

Our History

In 2000, Venerable Geshe Kelsang Gyatso requested Gen Tilopa to move to Atlanta, GA to become the Resident Teacher in Rameshori Buddhist Center, now Kadampa Meditation Center Georgia. While in Atlanta, Gen Tilopa regularly taught in Asheville, NC, Columbia, SC, and Chattanooga, TN. In 2001, Gen Tilopa moved residence to Asheville to focus on spreading Kadampa Buddhist teachings in North Carolina. While teaching in Asheville, he traveled throughout the state, giving teachings at the request of various students in Durham, Chapel Hill and Charlotte. As a result, there are now three established centers at Je Tsongkhapa Buddhist Center in Asheville, Kosala Buddhist Center in Chapel Hill, and the Kadampa Meditation Center here in Charlotte.

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KMC NC is Part of the New Kadampa Tradition

New Kadampa Buddhism is a special presentation of Buddha's teachings designed especially for the people of the modern world. All the practices come from Buddha Shakyamuni and have been preserved over the centuries by an unbroken lineage of fully realized Teachers. Venerable Geshe-la’s presentation retains all the meanings and insights of Buddha’s original teachings, while offering them in a fashion that is accessible and suitable for modern-day practitioners. Through this great kindness everyone – regardless of nationality, culture, age or gender – now has the opportunity to follow practice scientifically proven methods for solving the problems of daily life that ultimately lead to true and lasting happiness.

Founded by Venerable Geshe Kelsang Gyatso

The New Kadampa Tradition was founded by Geshe Kelsang Gyatso after he moved to the West in 1977 on the request of students in England seeking pure Buddhist teachings.

KMC NC is one of 1,400 locations worldwide

The New Kadampa Tradition started at Manjushri Kadampa Meditation Centre in England and is now taught in more than 1400 locations throughout the world, in many different languages.

Giving everyone a way to live to their potential

Since his arrival in the West, Geshe Kelsang has written 24 books which explain Modern Buddhism, his special presentation of Buddha's teachings suitable for the modern world.