| 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, then, 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 and his spiritual sons
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Transforming daily activities into the path
By integrating their knowledge of all Buddha's
teachings into their practice of Lamrim, and by integrating this into
their everyday lives, Kadampa Buddhists are encouraged to use Buddha's
teachings as practical methods for transforming daily activities into
the path to enlightenment.
The great Kadampa Teachers are famous not only for being great scholars
but also for being spiritual practitioners of immense purity and sincerity.
The lineage of these teachings, both their
oral transmission and blessings, was passed from Teacher to disciple,
spreading throughout much of Asia, and now to many countries throughout
the western world.
Buddha's teachings, which are known as 'Dharma', are likened to a
wheel that moves from country to country in accordance with changing
conditions and people's karmic inclinations.
The external forms of presenting Buddhism may change as it meets with
different cultures and societies, but its essential authenticity is
ensured through the continuation of an unbroken lineage of realized
Modern Kadampa Buddhism
Through the activities and dedication of
the renowned Buddhist Master, Venerable Geshe Kelsang Gyatso, Kadampa
Buddhism has spread to many countries in recent years.
Geshe Kelsang has worked tirelessly to spread Kadampa Buddhism throughout
the world by giving extensive teachings, writing many profound texts
on Kadampa Buddhism and founding the New Kadampa Tradition.
If you would like to attend meditation classes near you and learn about Buddhism, visit the main website for Kadampa Buddhism which has details of Buddhist Centres around the world.
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