Studying Buddhism

Understanding the meaning of the Buddha's teachings

Buddhism teaches, that we need to follow a spiritual path, in order to find lasting happiness and meaning in our lives. In order to follow this path, it is important, to have a connection to a qualified teacher, who can give us personal advice and encouragement, to hear pure Dharma teachings and to belong to a strong spiritual community. These conditions allow us, to penetrate deeply the meaning of Buddha's teachings, maintain a daily meditation practice, which is both purposeful and powerful, and to make real spiritual progress.

Geshe Kelsang has designed three special spiritual programs for the systematic study and practice of Kadampa Buddhism, which are particularly suitable for the modern world:

About the benefits of Buddhist studies

"Our current understanding and experience of Dharma is quite superficial. We are like someone, who has visited a large grocery store and seen many things, but few have tried it. We may have received many different teachings from many different teachers, but we have very little, taken only a few bites of it to us. There is a gap between us and the Dharma. It feels, as if the Dharma, because 'is and we, here' are. Our mind is not mixed with Dharma and so we can not apply it in our daily lives. Consequently remain our daily problems. We also find it difficult, to integrate our spiritual path in our daily lives, so we can not use Dharma, to solve our daily problems. When we study Dharma, our mind remains passive, like someone watching television. Therefore, our life and our Dharma remain completely separate and unrelated. Why is that? It is because, that we did not systematically study and practice after a particularly developed spiritual program. If we only superficially try us in a spiritual path, we will never gain a deep and stable experience, and our wisdom will never develop their full potential. Therefore, the spiritual programs, offered by the New Kadampa Tradition, so important."

- Geshe Kelsang Gyatso Rinpoche