Spreading the teachings of peace, love and compassion

 

As a Buddhist institution affiliated with the Karma Kagyu lineage the intention behind Drupngi Khading Ling is to spread the dharma, the teachings of the Buddha Shakyamuni, and by doing so work for the benefit of all sentient beings.

Mnay centuries have passed since  around 500 BC the Buddha ("awakened one") gave his first public speech about emptiness, or the interdependence of all beings and phenomena in this world. From the circle of his earliest disciples his teachings have over centuries been passed on, gradually spread throughout the Asian continent and adopted different forms and interpretations at different locations where people were seeking a new kind of spirituality. In the 20th century eventually Buddhist ideas also reached the Western world and received the attention of a new group of practitioners who had little or no previous understanding of Buddhist philosophy. In today's large global community of followers of the different Buddhist traditions therefore exists a lot of space for misinterpretations of the dharma and abuse of the term “Buddhism”. Buddha himself already urged his students not to follow his teachings in blind faith but to use their own reason and experience to follow his speeches as a mere guidance towards the freedom from suffering. At Drupngi Khading Ling, we try to follow this reinder as best as we can.


Though all Buddhist schools which have evolved in different countries and eras try to preserve the dharma, the fixation on tradition, monastic rules and devotional conduct sometimes leads their followers far astray from the Buddha's original teachings. Thus people who are from their cultural background unfamiliar with Buddhist concepts or raised in a devotional yet uneducated environment are easily confused, and unaware of the essence of the dharma.

Therefore we aim at providing the opportunity of core Buddhist education to people from all social backgrounds and origins. Apart from conveying a sufficient understanding of the dharma and its interpretations by the different schools of Buddhism, we further want to encourage and motivate people to put their compassion with all beings on this world into action - by showing an example of realizing the dharma in the modern world. With this practical approach we do not renounce the traditional monastic education, but want to add to it a new environment of more liberties, self-decisions and relevance for action.

We belief that study or meditation alone are not sufficient to realize one's connection to the teaching when there is no compassionate action resulting from it. On the other hand, committing one's life to social work alone is certainly appreciable, but without a stable conviction and motivation to do so, ie. logical understanding and (meditative) experience, one is likely to either loose trust in the importance of good work or get seduced by selfish inclinations not to undergo any personal hardship for others.

 

Our conclusion of this concept and response to personal experiences of today's monastic life is our focus on a Buddhist-inspired yet liberal children home where we hope to raise independently thinking and morally acting benefactors of future society. Additionally, we want to reach out to all sympathizers and practitioners of the dharma and offer them more education and encouragement - so that they won't abandon their inherent seeds of compassion but let them blossom and flourish for the betterment of this world.