Choje Akong Tulku Rinpoche was a unique figure in the recent history of Buddhism. Along with Chogyam Trungpa, he founded Kagyu Samye Ling in Scotland, the first Tibetan Buddhist monastery in the West. When Trungpa Rinpoche left for America it was Akong Rinpoche who oversaw the construction of the temple and monastic complex at Samye Ling which has grown into one of the foremost Centres of Buddhist study and practice in Europe. Early Life .
Shamarpa Rinpoche was the emanation of Amitabha, the Buddha of Limitless Light: a living example of the appearance of Amitabha in our world in the form of a Mahabodhisattva. The Tibetan title of Shamar means “the lama of the ruby-red crown”, named after the replica of the Karmapa’s own crown which he bestowed on the Shamarpa. The successive incarnations of the Shamarpas are also known as the “Red Hat Karmapa”. Birth and Early life The 14th .
Tibetan arts started from the rock paintings in ancient time and its subjects ranged from animal images of deer, ox, sheep, horse, etc to hunting scenes. Tibetan arts have flourished very well during the period of the Tubo Kingdom. Especially after the installation of Buddhism in Tibet, religious paintings made a more progress. Introduction to Tibetan Art The heritage of conventional Tibetan crafts and the fusion of India, Nepal and Han People’s art essence .
Tantric Buddhism usually refers to a special esoteric school of Buddhist philosophy, practice, and art ‘based on treatises known as tantras’. It emerged in northeast India during the fifth or sixth centuries CE and then formed its distinctive features around the seventh century CE. Afterward, it expanded geographically outward to the Himalayas, East Asia, and Southeast Asia. What Is Tantra? Countless practices of several Asian religions have been lumped together by western scholars under .
Who is Avalokitesvara? Avalokitesvara, the bodhisattva of compassion, is one of the most important and popular Buddhist deities. Avalokitesvara first appears in Indian Buddhism. He is originally mentioned as one of a number of bodhisattvas. Avalokitesvara is famous in the Mahayana Pantheon as a Bodhisattva emanating from the Dhyani Buddha, Amitabha, and his Akti, Pandara. Who is Pandara? Pandara, Buddhist goddess, is the Shakti of Amitabha, and a feminine bodhisattva. She originated from the .
Drepung Loseling Monastery is located in Tibetan Colony, Mundgod, Karnataka India. There are over 5,000 celibate monks, with around 3,000 at Drepung Loseling and some 2,000 at Drepung Gomang. Hundreds of new monks are admitted each year, many of them refugees from Tibet. Drepung in Tibet was modeled after the great monasteries of Classical Buddhist India, namely, Nalanda and Vikramalashila, and was an institution dedicated to the intense study of the traditional Buddhist arts and sciences. History of Drepung .
“Buddha” is a Sanskrit word that means “fully awakened.” It refers not only to Shakyamuni, or Gautama, the founder of the teachings that came to be known as Buddhism. A powerful way to discover our own buddha-nature is to open ourselves to the external Buddha. With continual practice, our ordinary self-image gradually falls away and We learn instead to identify with our innate wisdom and compassion: our own Buddhahood. Before starting the meditation place .
Buddhism emerged over 2,500 years ago in Northern India. Historians, religious scholars, and various Buddhist sects debate the actual year of the Buddha’s birth; it may have been as early as 644 BCE or as late as 540 BCE (although some point to other, later dates for his lifetime). However, it is relatively certain that he was born Prince Gautama Siddhartha, the son of Suddhodana, king of the Shakya tribe, in what is now .