Geshe Kelsang Gyatso was born on Buddha’s Turning the Wheel of Dharma Day, June 4th. For thousands of students around the world Geshe Kelsang has been the one who has turned the Wheel of Buddha Shakyamuni’s teachings for us.
We need to have this precious mind of bodhichitta in our heart. It is our inner Spiritual Guide, who leads us directly to the state of supreme happiness of enlightenment; and it is the real wishfulfilling jewel through which we can fulfil our own and others’ wishes. There is no greater beneficial intention than this precious mind.
Throughout our life we try very hard to accumulate so many things such as wealth and possessions, but finally without choice everything that belonged to us passes to others; we can carry nothing with us to our next life. The real meaning of human life is finding and following the correct path to enlightenment, and the supreme correct path to enlightenment is Highest Yoga Tantra, especially Mahamudra Tantra.
Our Spiritual Guide is any spiritual Teacher who sincerely leads us into spiritual paths by giving correct instructions. Thus our Spiritual Guide can be oriental or western, lay or ordained, male or female. These days, for example, it is quite possible to meet a Spiritual Guide who is a western lay female.
Je Tsongkhapa, whose ordained name was Losang Dragpa, was a great 14th century Tibetan Buddhist Master who promoted and developed the Kadampa Buddhism that Atisha had introduced three centuries earlier.
His appearance in Tibet had been predicted by Buddha himself.
Je Tsongkhapa patiently taught the Tibetans everything they needed for their spiritual development, from the initial step of entering into a spiritual practice through to the ultimate attainment of Buddhahood.
This was a golden age in Tibet, and thousands of Tibetans were inspired by Je Tsongkhapa’s immaculate example of pure moral discipline, compassionate way of life, and profound, liberating wisdom.
His followers became known as the ‘New Kadampas’, and to this day Kadampa Buddhists worldwide study his teachings and strive to emulate his pure example.