1) How long have you been involved in Kadam Buddhism, and what first drew you to the classes?
I’ve been studying Kadampa Buddhism since late 2010.
Before that I was interested in Buddhism for more then a decade however had not done much about it. My wife began studying at Mahasiddha Kadampa Meditation Centre, and after seeing the benefits she experienced after attending classes I decided to also involve myself.
2) How would you explain the benefits of meditation to someone new?
Buddhas teachings, in conjunction with meditation, give you a practical mental “toolbox” of techniques to use in dealing with life problems.
3) Has there been an aspect of Buddhism or meditation that has really struck a chord with you?
The mental peace and freedom that comes from meditation has a lasting effect and is an unlike any other experience.
4) Has meditation changed your relationships, and if so, how?
My interactions with others have become more “smooth”. I’ve learned how to truly engage with people and as a result I now have many harmonious and fulfilling relationships.
5) Do you feel that Buddhism has something to offer the world today?
So many of the issues we see in the world are as a result of our current way of thinking and Buddhist practice offers a completely different approach – one which actually works. Buddhism offers a true refuge from the problems of daily life.
6) Have people noticed a difference in you since you started meditating?
I hope so!
7) Do you have a burning question about meditation or Buddhism that has yet to be answered?
So many! The one learning I’ve had is that all the answers don’t come at once. There are so many layers to the teachings and it’s comforting to know that through regular practice our understanding improves.
8) Can you use 3 words to describe the benefits of meditation?
Peace, Contentment, Freedom.
9) Do you have a favourite quote from Geshe-las books?
“Although things appear to us as inherently existent we should remember that these appearances are deceptive and that in reality the things we normally see do not exist at all.”