Teachings

NKT-IKBU International Summer Festival 2017:

July 21 – August 5

How to Transform Your Life into a Blissful Journey

The book How to Transform Your Life, an extremely practical manual for integrating a spiritual practice into our daily life, has recently been substantially revised by the author Venerable Geshe Kelsang Gyatso Rinpoche. Gen-la Kelsang Dekyong and Gen-la Kelsang Khyenrab will give the transmission of the essential practices from this remarkable book. 

Following Buddha’s Path

With Gen-la Kelsang Dekyong

In the first week of the Festival, Gen-la Dekyong will grant the blessing empowerment of Buddha Shakyamuni and give teachings on Part One of How to Transform Your Life.

‘Buddha Shakyamuni is the founder of Buddhism. We should always remember it is through the kindness of this Buddha that we have the opportunity to progress from an ordinary state of ignorance to higher states of being, such as that of a Bodhisattva. Then, through continuous improvement, we can transform ourself and attain the highest state, and become an enlightened being. We have this opportunity through the kindness of this Buddha.’

Venerable Geshe Kelsang Gyatso Rinpoche, Spring Festival 2000

By receiving the blessing empowerment of Buddha Shakyamuni we will establish a special connection with Buddha and receive his powerful blessings to understand and practise his teachings in How to Transform Your Life. In this way our life will become a truly blissful and meaningful journey.

This book [How to Transform Your Life] presents many profound methods of spiritual training, all of which are practical ways to purify and control our mind. If we put these methods into practice we will definitely gain a special experience of mental peace. By continuing to improve this experience, deluded states of mind will gradually diminish and our inner peace will grow. Eventually, by abandoning delusions altogether, we will attain the supreme permanent inner peace of nirvana. Having overcome our own delusions, such as anger, attachment and ignorance, and developed profound spiritual realizations of universal love, compassion, concentration and wisdom, our ability to help others will be far greater. In this way we can help others solve their problems not just for a few days or a few years, but for ever. We can help them discover an inner peace and joy that nothing, not even death, can destroy. How wonderful!

Venerable Geshe Kelsang Gyatso Rinpoche,

How to Transform our Life, from the chapter Inner Peace

 

Completing the Journey

With Gen-la Kelsang Khyenrab

In the second week Gen-la Khyenrab will grant the Bodhisattva vow at a special ceremony and give teachings on Part Two of How to Transform Your Life.

All the previous Buddhas achieved their exalted state by following the practices of a Bodhisattva. Motivated by their desire to help all sentient beings they gave birth to the precious bodhichitta, received the Bodhisattva vows and followed a progressive path of practice that included the six perfections and other beneficial deeds. Because we too wish to become fully enlightened for the sake of others, we vow to follow these stages of practice in exactly the same way.

Venerable Geshe Kelsang Gyatso Rinpoche,

Meaningful to Behold

By receiving the Bodhisattva vows we are following the example of what the previous enlightened beings, Buddhas, did, and what they experienced. In the beginning they were the same as us. Then, through generating the precious mind of bodhichitta, they changed their view and intention. Through changing their view and intention by generating the precious mind of bodhichitta, and taking and keeping the Bodhisattva vows, they attained full enlightenment, free from every kind of problem, suffering and fault. Like this, through their effort, they became the highest beings. So we are taking these previous holy enlightened beings as our example.

Venerable Geshe Kelsang Gyatso Rinpoche,

Granting Bodhisattva Vows, Tara Centre 1993 

Taking the Bodhisattva vow is the doorway through which we enter the Mahayana path and progress towards the attainment of full enlightenment for the benefit of all living beings. We complete this blissful journey by relying on the teachings in the second part of How to Transform Your Life.

Through practising the instructions presented in this book [How to Transform Your Life] we can transform our life from a state of misery into one of pure and everlasting happiness. These instructions are scientific methods to improve our human nature. Everybody needs to be good-natured with a good heart, because in this way we can solve our own problems as well as those of others, and we can make our human life meaningful.

Venerable Geshe Kelsang Gyatso Rinpoche,

How to Transform our Life, from the Introduction