The birth of the 6th Karmapa, Tongwa Donden (1416-1453), at Ngomto Shakyam near Karma Gon in east Tibet, was marked by many auspicious signs. One month later, carried by his mother as she went begging, he became highly excited when their path crossed that of Lama Ngompa Chadral, a student of the fifth Karmapa. When Lama Ngompa Chadral asked who he was, the child smiled and replied “I’m the unborn, free from all names, .
Panjarnata Mahakala is the protector of the Hevajra cycle of Tantras. The iconography and rituals of Panjarnata Mahakala are found in the 18th chapter of the Vajra Panjara Tantra which an exclusive ‘explanatory tantra’ to the Hevajra Tantra itself. Life of Panjarnata Mahakala In this section, we are going to learn about the life of Panjarnata Mahakala, after that, the short etymological description of the word Panjarnata Mahakala itself. Panjarnata Mahakala is the main .
Buddhism in Nepal started after the birth of Lord Buddha, the founder of Buddhism himself. Siddhartha Gautama was born in Lumbini, Nepal at the Shakya Kingdom of Kapilbasthu as a Prince nearly around 500BC. He then left the palace in search of enlightenment. Gradually, after his enlightenment, Buddhism became a presiding religion in the northern areas of the country. Buddhist arts also started growing in mostly the central part of Nepal. Ethnic groups from .
Tibet has the largest tradition of Dragon which dates back more than 7000 years. Dragons are not just mythical stories or just some curiosities. They are part of Tibetan life and culture. The symbols of dragons are everywhere from the beginning of Tibetan history and the importance is still up until today. In Tibet, Dragon is considered as one of the dignities. There is a total of four dignities. Tiger, snow lion, and the .
According to The Brief History of Tibetans, there was a record of engagement of carpenters to build the Jokhang Temple and Ramoche Temple in 6BC. Through thousands of years’ handworks of the people, Tibetan furniture has become a unique style, which bears artistic shapes, rich colors, and delicate craft. Tibetan Furniture is one of the greatest treasure which dates 1500 years back. Tibetan Furniture is mostly made up of pine and Himalayan softwoods i.e. .
Dharmata is the Upasaka of Central Asian or Chinese origin and the layman attendant to the 16 Great Arhats. Dharmata is the essence of things as they are. Dharmata is the naked, unconditioned truth, the nature of reality, or the true nature of phenomenal existence. Dharmata is called the Upasaka. Dharmata is also known as Ge yen dharma ta in Tibet. Previously, we learned about the life of Dharmata. Now, we are going to .
Angaja is the elder of 16 arhats. He is known as Angiraja. In Sanskrit, he is called as Angaja, or Angiraja. ཡན་ལག་འབྱུང་, Yenlak Jung or Yenlak Kyé; Wyl. yan lag ‘byung, or yan lag skyes in Tibetan. He is one of the arhats among the Sixteen Arhats. The Life of Angaja In this segment, we are going to learn about the life of Angaja. As a householder, Angiraja was immensely wealthy and gave away all his wealth seven times, .
Avadhutipa is also known as Maitripa who is an important figure both in Mahayana and Vajrayana Buddhism. It is through him that Maitreya and Asanga’s crucial work on buddha nature, the Uttara Tantra Shastra, became widely followed in Tibet. He also transmitted the esoteric aspect of buddha nature, embodied in the Mahamudra teachings, which treat the topic of mind in great detail and provide a wide range of progressive, highly-refined meditations. The life of .
Ganapati is one of the best-known and most worshipped deities in the Hindu pantheon. Ganapati is also known as the Great Red Lord of Hosts. Ganesh originated with Brahmanism (Vedism). In Buddhism, there are two sutras that mention Ganapati, and one with his “Dharani” (mantra) which can be chanted by anyone. In the sutra, Buddha says: Any son or daughter of high birth, whether monk or nun, lay brother or sister who undertakes any .
The Gelug is the newest of the schools of Tibetan Buddhism. It was founded by Je Tsongkhapa a philosopher and Tibetan religious leader. Gelug Lineage’s field for the Accumulation of Merit with Tsongkapa at the Center is surrounded by the Panchen Lama incarnation lineage above and with meditational deities, Confession Buddhas, arhats and protectors below. In the Gelug Tradition of Tibetan Buddhism, there are numerous Refuge Field composition types distinguished both by the central .