Handed down in an unbroken lineage, Buddha’s practical methods for solving real-world problems are accessible worldwide today.
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 practitioners.
From Modern Buddhism, by
Venerable Geshe Kelsang Gyatso Rinpoche
All the instructions and practices contained in the books of Venerable Geshe Kelsang Gyatso Rinpoche and taught at Kadampa Buddhist Centers come from the teachings of Buddha Shakyamuni, the founder of Buddhism and the principal object of refuge for all Buddhists throughout the world. Buddha attained full enlightenment 2500 years ago in Bodh Gaya, India. He then taught the spiritual paths that lead to enlightenment extensively for the rest of his life. From his enlightened wisdom and compassion, he showed how we can all find solutions to our problems and experience lasting freedom from suffering.
From these precious teachings, called Dharma, all the different forms of Buddhism developed.
Buddha’s teachings were then passed from Spiritual Guide to disciple, with each Spiritual Guide gaining personal experience of the instructions before passing them on to others. Although the presentation of Buddhism, or Dharma, has adapted to the needs of different people in different societies its essential meaning remains unchanged. As the lineage of Buddha’s teachings is unbroken the blessings and inspiration that radiate from them remains alive, inspiring each new generation.
Through taking Buddha’s teachings and practices as personal advice, generations across the world have experienced true inner peace and happiness.
Today Venerable Geshe Kelsang Gyatso Rinpoche, an internationally renowned Buddhist Master, having followed the guidance and inspiration of his Spiritual Guide, presents the teachings of Buddha in an accessible and appropriate way for modern society in the 21st century. This modern presentation safeguards the continuity of the lineage of Buddha’s teachings, ensuring they remain authentic, vibrant and relevant for future generations.