Modern Buddhism is for everyone regardless of background, age or nationality. Buddha taught methods for gradually overcoming negative states of mind such as anger, jealousy and ignorance, and developing positive minds such as love, compassion and wisdom. With these methods we can attain lasting inner peace.
The founder of Buddhism in this world was Buddha Shakyamuni who lived and taught in India two and a half thousand years ago. Since then, millions of people around the world have followed the pure spiritual path Buddha revealed.
Buddha explained that all our problems and suffering arise from confused, negative states of mind, and all our happiness and good fortune arise from peaceful, positive states of mind. Buddha taught methods for gradually overcoming negative states of mind such as anger, jealousy and ignorance, and methods for developing positive minds such as love, compassion and wisdom. Through practising Buddha’s teachings we will come to experience lasting peace and happiness.
Buddha’s teachings work for anyone, in any country, at any age. Once we have gained experience for ourselves, we can pass these teachings on to others. In this way, we can establish peace in the world. The Buddhist way of life – peace, loving kindness and wisdom – is just as relevant today as it was when Buddha appeared in ancient India.
Kadampas are people who take Buddha’s teachings as personal advice and put it into practice. Kadampa Buddhism is modern Buddhism. Everyone, from all walks of life can integrate these teachings into their daily life. Through putting Buddha’s teachings on wisdom and compassion into practice, we can accomplish the real meaning of our human life.