Buddha Shakyamuni

About Buddhism

Buddha and Buddhism

The founder of Buddhism in this world was Buddha Shakyamuni who lived and taught in India some two and a half thousand years ago. Since then millions of people around the world have followed the pure spiritual path he revealed.

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

Lasting peace and happiness

Buddha taught methods for gradually overcoming minds such as anger, jealousy and ignorance, and developing positive minds such as love, compassion and wisdom. By following the internal path he revealed, anyone can gradually transform his or her mind from its present, self-centred state into the blissful mind of a Buddha.

The Buddhist way of peace, loving-kindness and wisdom is just as relevant today as it was when Buddha appeared in ancient India, and the entire Buddhist path is still practised in the authentic, living tradition of Kadampa Buddhism. Many people in the modern world are discovering for themselves the truth of Buddha’s essential message – that if our mind is at peace we can be happy all the time, regardless of our external situation.

You do not need to be a Buddhist to benefit from the practices taught at our classes.

More information can be found in Introduction to Buddhism