Introduction to Buddhism

BUDDHISM IS A DISCIPLINED PRACTICE of mental and spiritual development designed to develop compassion and loving-kindness for all beings, and awaken our own inherent insight into the nature of reality. It is the path that was first taught more than 2,500 years ago by the Buddha Shakyamuni, who succeeded in achieving complete realization of perfect wisdom and compassion. It is a path that leads to the cessation of sorrow and the experience of supreme joy.

Introductions to Buddhism can be framed in many different ways: according to the view or disposition of the teacher, his or her assessment of the audience, or according to particular aspects of Buddhist teachings for which some emphasis has been requested. There is an extraordinary benefit to being able to connect with the rich variety of ways in which Buddhism is introduced through the wisdom of the Kagyu masters who have taught at Karma Triyana Dharmachakra. Some excerpts follow.