Major schools and teachings in Tibetan Buddhism

Major schools and teachings in Tibetan Buddhism In Tibetan Buddhism there are four major schools. A Nyingma began in the seventh century A.D. and was fully established in the ninth century by Guru Padmasambhava, Santaraksita, and King Thrisong Deutsen. Kagyu and Sakya schools were foundend in eleventh century A.D. respectively by Marpa Chokyi Lodro (1012-1099) […]

The Noble Eightfold Path

Noble Eightfold Path The Buddha’s Teaching – In His Own Words Texts selected, arranged, and translated by Bhikkhu Ñānamoli Each of its eight components needs a separate definition. (1) Right View First Voice. “Just as the dawn heralds and foretells the rising of the sun, so right view heralds and foretells the penetration to the […]

The Noble Eightfold Path in Practice

The Buddha’s Teaching – In His Own Words Texts selected, arranged, and translated by Bhikkhu Ñānamoli First Voice. One morning the Venerable Ānanda dressed, and taking his bowl and outer robe, he went into Sāvatthī for alms. He saw Jānussoni the brahman driving out of Sāvatthī in a chariot drawn by four mares, all in […]

The Bodhisattva Concept

By A.G.S. Kariyawasam The bodhisattva (Pali: bodhisatta) is a being who aspires for Bodhi or Enlightenment. The concept of bodhisattva (meaning ’Buddha-to-be’) is one of the most important concepts in Buddhism. Etymologically the term can be separated into two parts, bodhi and sattva: bodhi from the root budh, to be awake, means ’awakening’ or ’enlightenment’ […]

The Four Noble Truths

The Buddha’s Teaching – In His Own Words Texts selected, arranged, and translated by Bhikkhu Ñānamoli The Four Noble Truths Narrator Two. Now here is a description of the Four Noble Truths. First Voice. I. “What is the noble truth of suffering? Birth is suffering, ageing is suffering, sickness is suffering, death is suffering; sorrow […]

Chenrezig (Avalokiteshvara) mantra

Chenrezig (Avalokiteshvara) mantra Avalokiteshvara (Chenrezig) is a Bodhisattva who embodies the compassion of all Buddhas. Chenrezig is variably described in different cultures as either male or female. According to Mahayana doctrine, He is the Bodhisattva who has made a great pledge to assist sentient beings in times of struggle and to postpone his own buddhahood […]

Hundred Verses of Advice by Padampa Sangye

Hundred Verses of Advice by Padampa Sangye Preface Homage to the teacher! Fortunate practitioners gathered here in Tingri, listen! Just as worn-out clothes can never again be made as new, It’s no use seeing a doctor once you’re terminally ill; You’ll have to go. We humans living on this earth Are like streams and rivers […]

Guru Pema’s Testament To The Yogins

Then Nyang Trulzhik made this request on behalf of the yogins. ‘Guru, if it is your intention to leave Tibet for India, please tell us yogins how we should behave in the future.’ And Guru Pema replied: Listen, Tibetan yogins, all confident in vision and meditation, A yogin realizes the ultimate unstructured nature of reality, […]

HH. The Dalai Lama About Reincarnation

Reincarnation Introduction My fellow Tibetans, both in and outside Tibet, all those who follow the Tibetan Buddhist tradition, and everyone who has a connection to Tibet and Tibetans: due to the foresight of our ancient kings, ministers and scholar-adepts, the complete teaching of the Buddha, comprising the scriptural and experiential teachings of the Three Vehicles […]