About Atiśa

Atiśa Dīpaṃkara Śrījñāna was a Bengali Buddhist religious leader and master from the Indian subcontinent. He was one of the major figures in the spread of 11th-century Mahayana and Vajrayana Buddhism in Asia and inspired Buddhist thought from Tibet to Sumatra. In 1013 CE, he traveled to the Srivijaya kingdom and stayed there for 12 years and came back to India. He is recognised as one of the greatest figures of classical Buddhism, and Atisa's chief disciple Dromtön was the founder of the Kadam School, one of the New Translation schools of Tibetan Buddhism, later supplanted by the Geluk tradition in the fourteenth century, adopting its teaching and absorbing its monasteries.

Atiśa Thangka Painting from Mid 12th century

This of is from the early to mid-12th century and features extensive inscriptions on the reverse side. was the abbot of in northern , one of the maha viharas that granted the learned degree of Pandita, here indicated by his yellow hat. In 1042, he traveled to at the invitation of the western Yeshe ‘Od to help purify practices there. Atisha’s authority was rooted in his lineage, an .

Tibetan Buddhist enlightened teachers & ritual masters

In Vajrayana Buddhism's Tantric teachings, the rituals require the guidance of a teacher. The teacher is considered essential and to the Buddhist devotee, the guru is the "enlightened teacher and ritual master". The teacher is known as the vajra guru (literally "diamond .

The Dharma transmission – Founders & patriarchs of Buddhist currents

A lineage in is a line of transmission of the Buddhist teaching that is "theoretically traced back to the Buddha himself." The acknowledgement of the transmission can be oral, or certified in documents. Several branches of Buddhism, including Chan (including Zen and Seon) and Tibetan Buddhism maintain records of their historical teachers. These records serve as a validation for the living exponents of the tradition. In Chan and Zen Buddhism, dharma transmission is a custom .

Interpreting Vajravarahi and 5 Deities Tibetan Painting

Vajravarahi, 5 Deity principal tutelary deity of the . The life of Vajravarahi In this portion, we are going to learn about the life of Vajrabarahi, after that the short description of the word Vajravarahi itself. Etymology of Vajravarahi Vajravarahi is known as Asrdo Rje Phag mo in . Vajravarahi is one of the most popular female deities in all traditions of . Earlier, we learn about the life of the Vajravarahi. Now, we .
Pehar Gyelpo

Depicting the Pehar Gyalpo with 3 Geluk Masters

According to myth, Gyalpo Pehar ( : རྒྱལ་པོ་དཔེ་ཧར ) is a belonging to the gyalpo class. When arrived in in the eighth century, he subdued all and put them under control of Gyalpo Pehar, who promised not to harm any sentient beings and was made the chief guardian spirit of during the reign of Trisong Deutsen. The protector deity is depicted with three Geluk above.  .