Kadampa

The Tibetan followers of the Indian master found a locus for their identification as members of a distinct community when Dromtonpa founded Radreng Monastery in 1056, about two years after Atis’as death. These members came to decribe themselves as the Kadampas, a designation composed of two words covering a wide semantic range— ka (bka) refers to sacred words or speech, and dam (gdams or dam) can refer either to advice and instruction, or to the verbs “to bind” and “to choose.”

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