One of the ways in which Venerable Geshe Kelsang Gyatso continued to make a positive impact on the lives of so many people around the world was by giving a modern presentation of Buddha’s teachings through the collection of his twenty-three books. Watch this video to discover how, and from where, these books appear.
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A Lifetime in Meditation
Venerable Geshe Kelsang Gyatso Rinpoche, or Geshe-la as he is affectionately known, was a fully accomplished meditation master who held the very essence of Buddha’s teachings in his heart. Having spent a lifetime in meditation, Geshe-la deeply understood the value of Buddha’s teachings and their power to solve the problems that we all face in our modern world.
The only way we can make ourself and others happy all the time is through practising Buddha’s teachings. This is because happiness depends on a peaceful mind. Through practising Buddha’s teachings we can develop and maintain a peaceful mind all the time, so that we will be happy all the time; regardless of whether our external conditions are good or bad, if we maintain a peaceful mind all the time we will be happy all the time.
A Special Presentation
Seeing that people of the modern world could not easily access the real meaning and value of these precious instructions, Geshe-la had spent his life preparing and refining a special presentation of Buddha’s teachings that fits comfortably with busy modern life. He had done this while remaining completely true to Buddha’s original intention.
23 Books, 1200 Meditation Centres and Branches
The author of twenty three highly acclaimed books on Buddhism, he was a truly international Teacher who presented Buddha’s teachings in ways that everyone, regardless of nationality, religion, culture, gender or age can easily understand and apply to their modern daily life.
Not only had he authored this profound body of work, but he was the founder of an unequalled worldwide network of Kadampa Meditation Centres and Temples for world peace that host study and meditation programmes, courses, retreats and international festivals which he referred to as ‘Spiritual Holidays’.
A Simple Yet Profound Message
Today, thousands of people around the world are experiencing the immense, practical benefits of applying his life-transforming teachings. Venerable Geshe-la’s message is as simple as it is profound: all suffering and problems, as well as the solutions to these problems - and the causes of lasting peace and happiness - are found within the mind.