The Dharma - the teachings of the Buddha
2500 years ago, after extensive studies and meditation Buddha Shakyamuni realized what the true cause of suffering is, that there is a way out of suffering and that this path leads to happiness.
These teachings (known as “Dharma”) are as valid today as they were all those years ago, and more and more people are finding a happier, more fulfilling life through meditation.
At Gomde, it is important for us to teach meditation while remaining as faithful as possible to the original teachings of the Buddha so that it can be applied in all of life’s circumstances.
The Vajrayana path
The principal teachings and meditation techniques taught at Gomde are part of the path of Vajrayana Buddhism.
The various Buddhist vehicles (yanas) differ in their how they go about attaining realization.
Vajrayana is referred to as the "path of the result" because its methods are based on the view that the qualities of enlightenment are not only inherent, but already complete in every living being, they just need to be given the freedom to manifest.
With appropriate guidance, the study, contemplation, and application of these teachings can reveal the functioning of the mind and lead us to realizing the true nature of all things: compassion and wisdom.
Recognizing the nature of the mind
The demonstration of this nature, also called buddha nature, possessed by all sentient beings is a feature of the Dzogchen and Mahamuda teachings which are taught at Gomde by qualified masters.
Another characteristic of the Vajrayana is the variety of methods by which the mind can be quieted, compassion cultivated and knowledge produced.
Ultimately, it is about recognizing every thought, every movement of the mind as an expression of the mind’s inherently pure nature. A path that uses all facets of one’s life as a path.
It is this openness that makes Gomde what it is - a place of diversity.
Therefore, at Gomde there is a wide range of seminars and practices, all held by authorized teachers, who have decades of practical experience in the tradition of our lineage. As a result, the teachings are practiced and passed on in a particularly authentic way.
Rangjung Yeshe Gomde Germany-Austria was founded in 2004 in the former Guth zu Rath located outside the town of Scharnstein. It follows in the tradition of the Ka-Nying Shedrub Ling Monastery in Kathmandu, whose abbot, Chökyi Nyima Rinpoche, is also the main master and patron of the center.
The White Monastery, as Ka-Nying Shedrub Ling is affectionately known, was founded in 1974 by the great Dzogchen master Tulku Urgyen Rinpoche (1920-1996) with his two eldest sons Chökyi Nyima Rinpoche and Tsikey Chokling Rinpoche. Today it is one of four related monasteries that house, care for and train more than 600 monks and nuns.
In our tradition, the teachings of two of the four schools of Tibetan Buddhism are taught and practiced: Nyingma and Kagyu.