Serving New York City since 1994, and Williamsburg since 2004.


In 1994 Kadampa Buddhist teacher Geshe Kelsang Gyatso established Chakrasambara Center in New York City (now Kadampa Meditation Center NYC) and requested senior student, Kadam Morten, to become the principal teacher. The Center started off in a small graffiti covered dance studio near the Bowery, and by 2001 classes were being held in a rented commercial space in Chelsea. Soon after, a branch class and then a branch center was established in Williamsburg.

KMC NYC Williamsburg 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 Kelsang Gyatso’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 NYC is one of 1,400 locations worldwide

The New Kadampa Tradition started at Manjushri 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.