Buddha Shakyamuni gave extensive teachings with precise instructions on how the faults of the mind can be overcome step by step and how the positive potentialities of the mind can be developed and perfected. If one is lucky enough to hear these instructions from a person who has fully understood the Buddha’s explanations, has practiced them and fulfilled the Buddha’s intention, then one will also be in the position oneself to eliminate the causes of suffering from one’s own mind and proceed on the path on which the Enlightened One himself has passed.
It is thanks to the continuous chain of great masters who have made Buddha’s teachings their own experience and transmitted it to other people that one is still able to effectively comprehend Buddha’s teachings today..
Kyabje Trijang Dorje Chang
At the time when Buddha was living his life as Prince Siddhartha in the palace of his father he made a request to tour his kingdom. On three occasions the king arranged visits for his son to various destinations in Magada, carefully preparing in advance every detail to make sure that his son would not encounter any unpleasant sights. Nevertheless on these three occasions Prince Siddhartha …
Geshe Rabten Rinpoche
From the time I was a small child, I met monks in their maroon robes returning from the great monastic universities near Lhasa. I admired them very much. I also occasionally visited the large monastery in our region; and when I watched the monks debating, I was again filled with admiration.
Gonsar Tulku Rinpoche
During the time of the 7th Dalai Lama, a young man from Amdo requested acceptance at the house of his countrymen in the Sera monastery near Lhasa. His appearance was so poor and shabby, that he was refused. Turning away from the house he met an old woman on the grounds of the monastery who suggested that he request admittance to Chadrel House and ensured him that …
Rabten Tulku Rinpoche
The extraordinary signs that occured when Geshe passed away in 1986 made his pupils realise that they were confronted not only with the passing away of a great teacher but that of a truly enlightened master. During the months after his death, many students experienced an unusual closeness of Geshe during their meditations.