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Tibetan and Vajrayana Buddhism

Vajrayana is sometimes presented as a third "vehicle" alongside Mahayana and Theravada. It is more often thought of as an extension of Mahayana, however. Vajrayana is the core of Tibetan Buddhism, but not all of Tibetan Buddhism is Vajrayana, and some forms of Vajrayana developed outside Tibet.
  1. Schools of Tibetan Buddhism (6)
  2. The Dalai Lamas (10)

Tibetan Buddhism: An Introduction
Tibetan Buddhism is distinguished by its rich mythology and art, its esoteric tantra practices, and its reincarnated lamas. Here is a basic introduction to Tibetan Buddhism.

How Buddhism Came to Tibet
This is a brief history of Tibetan Buddhism from in 641 CE, when King Songtsen Gampo unified Tibet and married two Buddhist princesses, to 1642, when the 5th Dalai Lama became ruler of Tibet.

Bardo Thodol: The Tibetan Book of the Dead
The Bardo Thodol -- "Liberation Through Hearing in the Intermediate State," known commonly as "The Tibetan Book of the Dead" -- is best known as a guide through the intermediate state, or bardo, between death and rebirth. However, the teachings in the book can be read and appreciated on many different, subtle levels.

Earthquake in Yushu
A photo gallery of scenes of the aftermath of the earthquake that struck Yushu County, Qinghai Privince, China, on April 14, 2010. Buddhist monks clear rubble, carry bodies, prepare cremations.

Introduction to Buddhist Tantra
The esoteric teachings, secret initiations and erotic imagery associated with Buddhist tantra have fueled no end of interest. But tantra may not be what you think it is.

Gods, Goddesses and Buddhist Tantra
The veneration of tantric deities looks like polytheism, but it isn't. Instead, it is a means to realize enlightenment by realizing oneself as a goddess or god.

Tibetan Buddhism Under Guard
These photographs, taken in Lhasa on June 21 and 22, 2008, paint a stark picture of the state of Buddhism in Tibet.

Behind the Turmoil in Tibet
After nearly 50 years of Chinese rule, the people of Tibet continue to protest. China claims it has "liberated" the Tibetans from feudalism and ignorance and has modernized their country. Why aren't the Tibetans grateful?

Buddhism in China and Tibet Today
Buddhism in China since Mao Zedong, Buddhism in Tibet since the March 2008 riots.

Rebellion in Tibet
If the government of China had worked with His Holiness the Dalai Lama instead of making him Public Enemy Number One, the bloodshed of March 2008 could have been avoided.

Padmasambhava
Padmasambhava (8th century) is one of the patriarchs of Tibetan Buddhism and the founder of the Nyinmapa school. He is also called "Guru Rinpoche," or precious guru.

Milarepa
The life of Milarepa is one of the most beloved stories of Tibet.

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Tara - Buddhist Goddess and Archetype of Compassion
Tara is one of the most familiar figures of Tibetan Buddhist iconography. Here is a simple introduction explaining who she is and what she represents.

Saga Dawa or Saka Dawa
Saga Dawa is the "month of merits" for Tibetan Buddhists. During this fourth lunar month Tibetans make a special effort to keep precepts and make merit through generosity and devotion.

The Tibetan Buddhist Canon
The Tibetan Buddhist scriptural canon is in two parts, called the Kangyur and he Tengyur. Here is a basic introduction.

Vajrayana: An Introuction
This is a brief introduction to basic Buddhist Vajrayana -- what is is, how it originated.

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