Buddhism 101 – What the Buddha Taught
In this segment, Khenpo Sonam Tsewang shares with us a clear and precise summary of what the Buddha taught covering the complete arch of the 3 Turnings of the Dharma Wheel. It is commonly known that Lord Buddha gave 84,000 teachings to suit the differing faculties and capabilities of his students. We must also remember that Buddha didn’t teach because he believed he knew more than all of us or that he was better, but it was out of compassion and unconditional love that he taught to his disciples and to those who are interested to learn a path to liberation, peace and happiness. Ultimately, the Buddha only pointed at the moon and it is entirely up to us to embrace this journey to enlightenment.
About Khenpo Sonam Tsewang
Khenpo Sonam Tsewang did his schooling at the Central School for Tibetans, Odeyarpalya, until the 10th grade before enrolling into the Central University of Tibetan Studies (CUTS), Sarnath, Varanasi, in 1988. After graduating from CUTS, he became ordained as a monk and entered the Ngagyur Nyingma Institute (NNI), Namdroling Monastery to study Buddhist philosophy and practice in the year 1997. Upon completing the course and rendering his service as a teacher for a few years, he was enthroned as a Khenpo in 2011. Since then, he has been travelling widely to teach and he is currently overseeing two major projects at NNI namely: as the heads of the Padma Mani Translation Committee (PMTC) and the Ngagyur Nyingma Research Centre (NNRC) besides participating in and contributing to seminars in India.