The New Kadampa Tradition is a Mahayana Buddhist school which places great emphasis on putting into practice the pure essence of Buddha’s teachings, just as they were taught by Buddha himself twenty-five hundred years ago. Through this new presentation of the teachings of Buddha, the fully accomplished meditation master and internationally renowned teacher Geshe Kelsang Gyatso integrates the timeless teachings of Buddha seamlessly into modern life in order to solve everyday human problems and find deep inner peace.
Buddhism and tradition
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 and are able to attain lasting happiness.
Buddha’s teachings are timeless and universal and can be practised by anybody from any culture, regardless of previous experience, gender, or age. When we put Buddha’s teachings, or Dharma, into practice, we protect ourselves from suffering and problems. All the problems that we encounter in daily life are rooted in ignorance and practising Dharma is the way to destroy this ignorance. Dharma practice is the supreme method to improve the quality of our human life, because the quality of our life does not depend upon outer circumstances or material progress but rather, on the inner development of peace and happiness.
Buddha gave eighty-four thousand teachings, and from these precious teachings Buddhism developed in this world. Today we can see many different forms of Buddhism, such as Zen or Theravada Buddhism. All these different aspects are practices of Buddha’s teachings, and all are equally precious; they are just different presentations. In the Kadampa Meditation Centre Switzerland, Kadampa Buddhism according to the Kadampa tradition is taught, studied, and practised.
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’ means ‘word’ and refers to Buddha’s teachings, and ‘dam’ refers to Atisha’s special Lamrim instructions known as ‘the stages of the path to enlightenment’. 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 “New Kadampa Tradition” springs from Je Tsongkhapa and his followers. Kadampa Buddhists strive to apply Buddha’s teachings as practical methods for transforming everyday activities into the path of enlightenment. In that the wisdom and personal experience of Buddha are integrated into daily life, ordinary challenges are transformed into opportunities for spiritual growth. 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 then passed from Teacher to disciple, spreading throughout much of Asia, and now to many countries throughout the modern world.