Tibetan Buddhism Kagyu
Who was Buddha?
Buddha was born around 2560 years ago in Northern India. After a long search, he realised the nature of mind in deep meditation and reached enlightenment. For the next 45 years the Buddha taught methods to reach the goal of enlightenment to whomever he met in what was a highly developed North Indian civilization. Buddhism is the main religion in many East Asian countries and appeals to independent people everywhere. Buddhas insights have impressed and amazed an ever increasing number of Westerner since the 1970′s.
What did Buddha teach?
Buddha explained in clear and practical terms what is ultimately real and what is impermanent. This understanding makes it possible to experience lasting happiness. Buddha’s teachings are not dogmatic and questions are actively encouraged. Appropriate meditations allow the mind to become more aware of itself, and these levels of consciousness are gradually strengthened. The aim of Buddha’s teachings is the full development of the latent possibilities already existing in our body, speech and mind.
What are the differences between Buddhist schools?
The Buddha worked to benefit three kinds of people. Whoever wanted to avoid suffering received the instructions about cause and effect called Theravada or Hinayana in Sanskrit – the “Way of the Elders” or the “Small Way”. Those who wanted to do more for others were given the Mahayana or the “Great Way”, the teachings on wisdom and compassion.
To people who had strong confidence in their own Buddha nature, Buddha taught the Vajrayana or the “Diamond Way.” Here, Buddha appeared as hologram-like forms of energy and light, or directly transmitted his enlightened view of the nature of mind – the Great Seal (Skt. Mahamudra).
In Diamond Way Buddhism we learn to experience the world from a rich and self liberating perspective. Through practice we develop a deep inner richness which leads to an unshakeable understanding in the nature of mind. Finally, every enlightened energy of the mind unfolds.
Diamond Way Buddhism in the West
Diamond Way Buddhism appeals to a wide variety of independent and responsible people from many walks of life. The centers and meditation groups provide straight-forward access to meditations and explanations on Diamond way Buddhist practices, and are aimed at people who are firmly rooted in everyday life with families, friends and careers.
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