Gelug Tradition

 

Gelug is one of the principal schools of Tibetan Buddhism and was founded by Je Tsongkhapa in the 14th century. Lama Tsongkhapa established Gaden monastery which consisted of two principal colleges, Jangtse and Shartse, meaning North Peak and East Peak respectively.

 

Today, the most well known lineage holder of the Gelug tradition is His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama Tenzin Gyatso. The Dalai Lamas are considered the manifestations of the Bodhisattva (Buddha) of Compassion - Chenrezig, who chose to reincarnate to serve all sentient beings . Khensur Rinpoche encourages all his students to study the teachings of His Holiness the Dalai Lama.

 

One of the central teachings of the Gelug is Lamrim Chenmo (The Great Exposition of the Stages of the Path) based on the teachings on the cultivation of the mind of enlightenment and the view of emptiness by Indian master Atisha. This is combined with the yogas of the deity practices of Guhyasamaja, Heruka Cakrasamvara, Yamantaka, and Kalachakra to cultivate the direct experience of the union of bliss and emptiness.

His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama Tenzin Gyatso

At LCB, we often recite Lama Tsongkhapa’s “Three Principles of the Path” before teachings. You can download a pdf copy to familiarize yourself with this text.

Lama Tsongkhapa thangka painting in our gompa

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