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In the image, Lama Je Tsongkhapa Lobsang Dragpa surrounded by his two main students, Gyaltsab Je and Khedrub Je.

What is the Geluk tradition?


The term “Geluk” or “Gelugpa” comes from the Tibetan language and means “system of virtue”. The great scholar and teacher Lama Tsongkhapa Lobsang Dragpa, along with his closest students – Gyaltsab Je and Khedrub Je, were responsible for spreading the tradition of this Buddhist school in Tibet. Its history is linked to the creation of “Ganden Monastery”, which was founded by Lama Tsongkhapa in 1409. Subsequently, such a school of meditation became one of the predominant schools in the spectrum of spiritual traditions of Tibet.

Lama Tsongkhapa obtained his spiritual training in majorly in two Tibetan lineages (namely, “Sakya” tradition and “Kagyu” tradition). He was also intensely inspired by the texts written by the famous teacher Atisha Dimpankara (who lived between the X and XI centuries). The Geluk School, in the context of its emergence, spawned what is known as the third period of transformation in Tibet and thus inculcated various reforms in Tibetan spiritual systems, particularly with regard to the interpretation of the Monastic Code of Conduct (“Vinaya” ) and to the Tantric Buddhism System called Vajrayana. The Geluk tradition was founded at the end of the fourteenth century and it was responsible for a reform movement that sought to restore various aspects of the immaculate practice of Dharma in order to renew and refresh the teachings of teacher and master Atisha Dipankara.

As for the aspects of this reform mentioned above, it is worth mentioning some guiding ideas: I. the strict observation of the monastic conduct code of “Vinaya”; II. the centrality in the systematic training of knowledge in religious life, with an strong emphasis on the importance of the development of scriptural knowledge, philosophical aspects and debate; III. the religious rites of Vajrayana Tantric Buddhism should be reserved for those who go through the whole cycle of intellectual training through systematic studies. Lama Tsongkhapa was deeply concerned about the issue of strictness and accuracy both in the studies and in moral discipline; for this reason, he wrote a well-known treatise called Lamrim ChenMo (The Great Treatise on the Stages of the Path to Complete Awakening), which has become a great manual of practices and meditation and, because of its validity and actuality, is still studied to this day .

The year 2019 marks the 600th anniversary of the death of renowned teacher Lama Tsongkhapa, and for this reason, this year is extensively celebrated by thousands of Buddhist monks around the world. This teacher was the founder of the Geluk tradition of Tibetan Buddhism, whose its more famous representative is the His Holiness, The XIV Dalai Lama

2019 foi declarado o ano de Lama Tsongkhapa.

O ano de 2019 foi declarado o ano internacional do renomado professor Lama Tsongkhapa, fundador da tradição Geluk (lê-se guêlug) do budismo tibetano, conhecida por ser a tradição do XIV Dalai Lama.

Anos de Tradição Geluk

How is the monastic system within the BUDA Association?

The monks of the Buddha Dharma Association received their vows within the Geluk tradition. Both the adoption of the vows and the their explanation come from monasteries that study and live the monastic code of conduct in the daily life, according to the original propositions presented by Lama Tsongkhapa.

Our monks and nuns receive no donation and have their own means of subsistence. They work as regular teachers of secular subjects in public and private institutions. Those monks and nuns who make up part of the body of ITBC teachers have specific degrees and prerogatives of teaching, according to the requirements of our Institute.

Meet Our Monks and Nuns

The life of a monk or nun allows more time and energy in the mind training, either through study or through practice. In this way, this monastic routine catalyses an accelerated advance in the path that leads to the liberation of suffering and, finally, the complete awakening in the long run. Furthermore, this way of life consequently allows the experience of greater and more profound mental states of peace and well-being. This naturally enables a greater dedication of time to teach others, just as the historical Buddha taught, who is our greatest example and inspiration.

Monge Jonathan

(Lobsang Chogni)

Monk Lobsang Chogni was born and raised in the USA; he is a Buddhist monk for 20 years, and he is already a fully ordained monk. He received the monastic ordination of Geshe Acarya Jampa Gyatso in 1999 at the Istituto Lama Tzong Khapa (ILTK) in Pomaia, Italy. In 2005, he completed his master’s and PhD in Buddhist Philosophy by ILTK after completing 8 years of full-time residential study. He holds a bachelor’s degree in Biology / Pre-Medicine with a major in Environmental Issues, both issued from Colorado College in the United States. Since 2009, he has been a faculty member of the BUDA Association. He is currently studying Theology at Dom Bosco University (UCDB).

Monja Nirvana

(Lobsang Padma)

Nun Lobsang Padma met Buddhism in 2009 and became a nun in the same year. She was ordained as Getsunma (the intermediate title of monastic ordination) by Abbot Lab Tengyur Rinpoche in 2012, at Sera Jey Monastery, in India. She holds a Law Degree from UNISAL (2010) and a Bachelor’s degree from ITBC (2018). She is currently studying graduate studies in Buddhology at ITBC, as well as Theology at the Methodist University (UMESP). She also holds a Master’s Degree in Religion Sciences from the Methodist University (UMESP).

Monja Loyane

(Lobsang Drolma)

Nun Lobsang Drolma met Buddhism in 2007 and became a nun in 2011. She was ordained as Getsunma (intermediate title of monastic ordination) by Abbot Lab Tengyur Rinpoche in 2012 at Sera Jey Monastery in India. She holds a bachelor’s and master’s degree in History (University of Campinas) and works as a faculty teacher in the same field of study. She graduated in Buddhology in 2018 (ITBC) and currently attends Graduate Studies classes in Buddhology at ITBC, as well as Theology at the Dom Bosco University (UCDB), and she is also undertaking a Ph.D. in Religion Sciences at the Methodist University (UMESP).

Monja Estela

(Lobsang Lhamo)

Nun Lobsang Lhamo first met Buddhism in 2009 and became a novice nun in 2011. In 2012 she was ordained as a Getsunma by the abbot Lab Tengyur Rinpoche in 2012 at Sera Jey Monastery, in India. She graduated in Bachelor of Fine Arts in 2009 (University of Campinas) and currently teaches at municipal schools. Since 2018, she holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Buddhology issued by ITBC. She is currently studying Graduate Studies in Buddhology at ITBC, as well as Academic Theology at Dom Bosco University (UCDB) and also holds a Master’s Degree in Religion Sciences from the Methodist University (UMESP).

Take part in the Meditation Meetings along with the monks and nuns at the BUDA Association headquarters

Take part in the Meditation Meetings along with the monks and nuns at the BUDA Association headquarters

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