The founder of Buddhism in this world was Buddha Shakyamuni, who appeared and taught in India 2600 years ago. Since then, millions of people have benefitted from the pure spiritual path he revealed.

The Buddhist way of life of peace, loving kindness, and wisdom is just as relevant today as it was in ancient India.

Buddha explained that all our problems and suffering arise from confused and negative states of mind, and that all our happiness and joy arise from peaceful and positive states of mind.

Buddha’s teachings, the Dharma, show us how to gradually overcome our negative minds such as anger, jealousy, and ignorance, and how to increase our positive minds such as love, compassion and wisdom. Through our practice of Dharma we will come to experience lasting peace and happiness.

These methods will work for anyone, and once we have gained experience of them for ourselves we can begin to help others enjoy the same benefits.

MEDITATION

Anyone can learn to meditate.  It’s just a new skill.

Meditation is at the heart of the Buddhist practice. It’s a special method to help us understand our own mind, and change how we think. With the tool of meditation we can learn to identify our various negative mental habits and gradually let go of them. At the same time, we can begin to develop more familiarity with comfortable and beneficial mental states of mind, such as patience, love, and compassion.

Out of meditation we try to maintain the positive minds we have developed and use our wisdom to solve the problems of daily life.

As our mind becomes more positive our actions become more constructive, and our experience of life becomes more satisfying, and we can begin to be of greater benefit to others.

THE SPIRITUAL PATH

Every living being has the potential to become an enlightened being, a Buddha, someone who has completely purified his or her mind of all faults and limitations and has brought all good qualities to perfection. Our mind is like a cloudy sky, in essence clear and pure but overcast by the clouds of delusions.

Just as the thickest clouds eventually disperse, so too even the heaviest delusions can be removed from our mind. Delusions such as hatred, greed, and ignorance are not intrinsic parts of the mind. If we apply the appropriate methods they can be completely eliminated, and we shall experience the supreme happiness of full enlightenment.

Having attained enlightenment we shall have all the necessary qualities – universal love and compassion, omniscient wisdom and boundless spiritual power – to lead all living beings to the same exalted state. This is the ultimate aim of Mahayana Buddhism.