There is an unbroken Lineage that leads from Guru Shakyamuni Buddha to our current precious Teacher, Geshe Konchok Tsering. That unbroken link stretches over 2600 years from India to Tibet, back to India and now to Australia. There are many different masters in the lineage, however we will cover four here who have been founders for our tradition and have really provided us with the opportunity to listen and practice currently through Konchok Buddhist Centre.
Guru Shakyamuni Buddha : The Buddha became enlightened some 2600 years ago at Bodhgaya in India, after which he began teaching 80,000 heaps of teachings to overcome suffering and to attain happiness. Those teachings remain to this day and the true path shown by the Buddha is still helping people to overcome suffering and attain happiness.
Lama Tsongkhapa, Je Rinpoche :
Lama Tsongkhapa (1357-1419) composed eighteen volumes of writings which have been a major inspiration in Tibetan spiritual and cultural history. His seminal text, The Great Treatise on the Stages of the Path to Enlightenment (Lam Rim Chen Mo) was composed in about 1402. Therein he clearly expounded the graduated path to enlightenment by which a beginner can be lead directly to enlightenment in the most complete and fail-safe way. Je Rinpoche's teachings have been described as the purest gold and he is the founder of the Gelug Tradition of Tibetan Buddhism, which is one of the four main schools of Tibetan Buddhism.
His Holiness, The 14th Dalai Lama :
Recognised at a young age as the rebirth of the 13th Dalai Lama, His Holiness has borne the burden of leading the Tibetan people in the aftermath of the Chinese invasion and occupation of Tibet. He has played the central role in re-establishing Tibetan Buddhism and culture in exile. Those who have the great opportunity to study these profound and practical teachings can appreciate the great kindness of His Holiness, the Dalai Lama in working tirelessly for the benefit of the Dharma and all beings without exception.
Geshe Konchok Tsering :
Geshe-la was born in India in 1963 to Tibetan refugee parents. He became a novice monk at the age of 12 and at 22 he took the vows of a fully ordained monk from His Holiness, the Dalai Lama. For 17 years he studied intensively all the major subjects of the Buddha's teachings at Sera Je Monastic University and in 1995 he was awarded the Geshe degree and began teaching Dharma to students at Sera Je Monastery. Geshe-la accepted an invitation to teach in the west from Lama Zopa Rinpoche and began teaching at Atisha Centre in May 2003, where he benefited many people. In 2011 he moved to Melbourne and has founded Konchok Buddhist Centre where he is teaching at present.