Meditation classes and Modern Buddhism
Samudrabadra Kadampa Buddhist Center is a center for Kadampa Buddhism among 5 in Florida, located on 6338 Presidential Court, Suite 105, Fort Myers, FL 33919 (Near Summerlin & College Pkwy, close to US 41.). Its purpose is to offer people throughout Fort Myers the opportunity to learn about meditation and the practices of Kadampa Buddhism.
We offer weekly meditation classes at the Center and branch locations. The classes are suitable for everyone, from complete beginners to experienced meditators.
Workshops & Retreats
Samudrabadra Center also provides meditation workshops at the Center and weekend retreats. The workshops and retreats are suitable for everyone, including people with no experience of meditation and experienced meditators.
Study & practice
The Center also offers Buddhist retreats, study programs and chanted prayers. These provide an opportunity to deepen our understanding and experience of Buddhism through systematic study of texts written by Geshe Kelsang Gyatso. The Center is a place for anyone to enjoy a peaceful and harmonious environment. Everyone, regardless of age, culture or beliefs is welcome to enjoy the peace of mind that the World Peace Temple offers. Our Center is open to everyone to enjoy the meditation room, bookshop, or to relax over a cup of tea. Please contact us for more information.
About our classes
Taught by qualified Western teachers, the meditation classes are very easy to understand and apply to our daily lives. The classes are suitable for both beginners and more advanced practitioners, and emphasize how to meditate and practice in our modern lives. Meditation is a simple yet profound method to improve the quality of our lives and develop inner peace. Through following very simple, practical instructions we can learn to let go of the causes of our pain and dissatisfaction and to gain the inner peace and clarity we seek. We offer a wide range of classes from basic introductions to Buddhist meditation, applying Buddha’s teachings to daily life issues such as anger and improving relationships, to comprehensive study programs of Buddhist view, meditation and action. Everyone is welcome.
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The Old Kadampa Lineage up to the present New Kadampa Tradition
Kadampa Buddhism is a Mahayana Buddhist school founded by the great Indian Buddhist Master Atisha (AD 982-1054).
His followers are known as ‘Kadampas’. Ka refers to Buddha’s teachings, and dam to Atisha’s special Lamrim instructions known as ‘the stages of the path to enlightenment’. Kadampas, then, are practitioners who regard Buddha’s teachings as personal instructions and put them into practice by following the instructions of Lamrim.
The Kadampa tradition was later promoted widely in Tibet by Je Tsongkhapa and his followers, who were known as the ‘New Kadampas’.
Transforming Daily Activities into the Path
By integrating their knowledge of all Buddha’s teachings into their practice of Lamrim, and by integrating this into their everyday lives, Kadampa Buddhists are encouraged to use Buddha’s teachings as practical methods for transforming daily activities into the path to enlightenment.
The great Kadampa Teachers are famous not only for being great scholars but also for being spiritual practitioners of immense purity and sincerity.
The lineage of these teachings, both their oral transmission and blessings, was then passed from Teacher to disciple, spreading throughout much of Asia, and now to many countries throughout the western world.
Buddha’s teachings, which are known as ‘Dharma’, are likened to a wheel that moves from country to country in accordance with changing conditions and people’s karmic inclinations.
The external forms of presenting Buddhism may change as it meets with different cultures and societies, but its essential authenticity is ensured through the continuation of an unbroken lineage of realized practitioners.
Modern Kadampa Buddhism
Through the activities and dedication of the renowned Buddhist Master, Venerable Geshe Kelsang Gyatso, Kadampa Buddhism has spread to many countries in recent years.
Geshe Kelsang has worked tirelessly to spread Kadampa Buddhism throughout the world by giving extensive teachings, writing many books on Kadampa Buddhism, establishing the International Temples Project and founding the New Kadampa Tradition, the International Kadampa Buddhist Union.