My Experience

When I first came into Kadampa Buddhism I became very intersested since it addressed the main questions I had. These were….

What is Meditation?

How do I get going with Meditation?

What can I accomplish with it?

What was the nature of reality? 

Up to that point in my life I had studied various religions, philosophies and schools of psychology – without being satisfied.

Since first coming to the teachings of Geshe Kelsang Gyatso I have adored his very logical approach. I have heard Geshe-la teach on a broad range of instructions in the Lamrim (stages of the path) and instructions of Generation stage and Completion stage of Highest Yoga Tantra, however within this what struck home was during one summer festival when he emphasized that there was nothing more important than overcoming distraction. Geshe-la explained how with distraction one could remain within a religion for many years even as a monk or a teacher doing many good things but never changing much. This explained a lot to me. He further said it was good to emphasize one aspect of Dharma – rather than constantly changing our practice and focus from one thing to another. Since that time I have driven myself to mainly emphasize and concentrate on one simple but effective meditation within the teachings whilst using the other aspects of the Dharma to support this. This has given me much confidence and happiness and now years later I recognize it as the source of any peace of mind that I have.

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