No matter how successful we are in improving our external situation, we still experience many problems and much dissatisfaction. We never experience pure, lasting happiness.
By purifying and controlling our mind through sincere spiritual practice, we can ensure that our mind remains calm and happy all the time. Then, no matter how difficult our external circumstances may be, we will always be happy and peaceful.
Kelsang Denpa is a Canadian Buddhist nun and the resident teacher at Kuluta Buddhist Centre in Kingston. She is a close disciple of Ven. Geshe Kelsang Gyatso, having received lineage blessings and oral transmissions directly from him.
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” refers to Buddha’s teachings, and “dam” to Atisha’s special Lamrim instructions known as “the stages of the path to enlightenment”.
Kadampas, then, are practitioners who regard Buddha’s teachings as personal instructions and put them into practice by following the instructions of Lamrim.