Modern Buddhism is a special presentation of Buddha’s teachings on compassion and wisdom that communicates their essence in a way that is easy to understand and put into practice.
This new presentation perfectly captures the simple essence of Buddha's teachings in a way that everyone can understand and practise in daily life to bring about profound inner change.
Protection from suffering and problems
By practising Buddha’s teachings, or Dharma, we can protect ourself from suffering and problems. All the difficulties we experience during daily life come from delusions, or negative minds, and the method for eliminating these harmful minds is to practise the Dharma. When our mind is free from negativity we will naturally experience a deep and lasting peace and happiness.
The history and lineage of this tradition
Kadampa Buddhism is a Mahayana Buddhist school founded by the great Indian Buddhist Master, Atisha (AD 982-1054). His followers are known as “Kadampas.” “Ka” refers to Buddha’s teachings, and “dam” to Atisha’s special Lamrim instructions known as “the stages of the path to enlightenment.” Kadampas are practitioners who regard Buddha’s teachings as personal instructions and put them into practice by following the instructions of Lamrim.
The Kadampa tradition was later promoted widely in Tibet by Je Tsongkhapa and his followers who were known as the ‘New Kadampas’.
Je Tsongkhapa (1357-1419CE), who was a manifestation of the Wisdom Buddha lived at a time when, although outwardly Buddhism appeared to be flourishing in Tibet, in fact confusion about both doctrine and practice was destroying its spiritual essence. Through teachings and writings of unparalleled clarity and comprehensiveness, an immaculate personal example, and tireless energy, Je Tsongkhapa single-handedly revitalized Buddhism in Tibet, giving it a new lease of life that has lasted until the present day. Many qualified practitioners and scholars of all other Tibetan Buddhist traditions respected and deeply appreciated him.
Je Tsongkhapa's books are commentaries to Buddha Shakyamuni's teachings and all of Geshe Kelsang's twenty one books are commentaries to Je Tsongkhapa's teachings. Ranging from highly accessible books for beginners to detailed and lucid expositions 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.
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