Firstly, What is Buddhism?
Buddhism is the practice of Buddha’s teachings, also called ‘Dharma’, which means ‘protection’. By practising Buddha’s teachings, living beings are permanently protected from suffering - something nobody ever chooses to experience and from which everyone wishes to be free. The founder of Buddhism is Buddha Shakyamuni, who showed the manner of accomplishing the ultimate goal of living beings, the attainment of enlightenment, at Bodhi Gaya in India in BC 589.
So, What Is Kadampa Buddhism?
Kadampa Buddhism 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.
Why is Kadampa Buddhism Modern?
Geshe Kelsang came to teach in the West from India some 40 years ago, having been born originally in Tibet . Through his great kindness and tireless work, Geshe-la has given the world a modern presentation of the Kadampa teachings through his books and teachings, established the New Kadampa Tradition and well over 1,000 meditation centres across the globe.
Ranging from highly accessible books for beginners to detailed and lucid expositions of the profundities of Buddhist philosophy, Geshe Kelsang’s books form the most comprehensive presentation of the Buddhist path to enlightenment available in any western language. Geshe Kelsang is the only Tibetan Lama to have provided a complete re-presentation of the Buddhist path in accordance with the needs and inclinations of the modern world.
If you would like to find out more, visit the New Kadampa Tradition's website by clicking HERE. You can also read more about Venerable Geshe-la on our wesbite, HERE.
Inspiring Words, Inspiring People
Watch a short video in which teachers from the Kadampa Meditation Centre - New York City, explain what modern Buddhism means to them. Click HERE to view.