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A body of Buddhist doctrine associated with Tibet and surrounding central Asian areas. It is popularly associated with Vajrayāna or Tantric Buddhism however it a comprehensive path composed of teaching from all three Buddhist vehicles. Prominent exponents include the Dalai Lama and the Karmapa.

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The concept of being the part of the universe

Very respectfully,i am very much new to this community but have always been interested in Buddhism. I know some people who are Buddhist and they often talk about being one with the universe or being ...
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*“… not the physical lama, … but your own nature of mind … That's the real lama …”* Is that actually a concept in vajrayana?

In a recent comment in a blog I've read the following remark: "(...) Not the physical lama, not anything or anyone outside of yourself, but your own nature of mind, the true nature of reality. That’...
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Contemplation versus meditation

Is there an obvious or well-understood difference between "contemplation" and "meditation"? I'm reading a book -- modern, probably Tibetan-language originally, translated into English -- talking ...
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“Tibetisches Totenbuch”? “Tibetanisches Totenbuch” - different books?

I'm not firm in tibetan buddhism, but my old daddy had wanted to make a spiritual gift to me 12 years ago- I'd put it into the bookshelf after I'd read a handful of pages, and was a bit puzzled why ...
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Tibetan Buddhism:Recieving inititation in India/Tibet

I recently read an introductory book on Tibetan Buddhism and intrigued by Tantra & Kalachakra practice. I have been practicing meditation for the last 2-3 years but not under the guidance of a ...
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Is it necessary to use a whole variety of meditation techniques?

I have been practicing samatha, vipassana and metta meditations for over a year. I came frequently across articles (and questions on this site, primarly this one) describing other types of meditation,...
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What are the Tibetan sketches in the movie Samsara called?

In the movie Samsara by Pan Nalin, an older monk shows some sketches to the protagonist monk. The sketches are erotic in nature but when held in front of flame reveal true nature as skeletons. It's a ...
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Substrate consciousness and Rigpa

I think both substrate and rigpa are not a state - they pervade into states. Substrate consciousness pervades on waking state and dreaming state - so in the substrate consciousness we can have lucid ...
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As Buddhists, what do you make out of the tragedy of Tibet? [closed]

I finished watching two movies on the life of H.H the Dalai Lama (Kundun and Seven years in Tibet) which also highlight the tragedy of Tibet. Historically Tibet can be said as the only country which ...
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Are there any recollections of past lives in the more grievous realms?

While "animal" past lives seem to get a fair amount of attention I can't seem to find any about people recalling being in the hell realm or that of hungry ghosts. Aside from Mahamogallana's ...
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How to regain Enlightenment?

I had the most profound experience after what felt like a near death experience. I believe I was having a heart attack, and after focusing on my body for 20-30 minutes I ceased being aware of signs of ...
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Can knowledge of suchness or emptiness be achieved through cessation of conceptualization?

Inspired by this comment and this answer I wonder, can the first bhumi be gained via the complete cessation of conceptualization? ie, if one achieves the complete cessation of all concepts is this ...
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Why did Tsongkhapa list guru devotion first in his Lamrim while Atisha did not?

Lama Atisha famously brought the teachings of Nalanda back to Tibet and authored his famous, A Lamp for the Path to Enlightenment upon which the new translation schools were founded. This seminal text ...
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In what ways are the Advaita concept of 'Nirguna Brahman' and the Buddhist concept of Buddha Nature similar and different?

In what ways are the Advaita concept of 'Nirguna Brahman' similar, and/or different, to the Buddhist concept of Buddha Nature? This is a good comparison, that is where the doubt arose: Nonduality in ...
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What are the Three Turnings of the Wheel of Dharma according to Tibetan Buddhism?

Tibetan Buddhists often talk about the Three Turnings of the Wheel of Dharma... What are the Three Turnings of the Wheel of Dharma according to Tibetan Buddhism? Where did they take place according ...
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Is a dream object an existent? How about the face in the mirror?

The context for this question is contemporary Tibetan Buddhist Monastic debate and associated definitions as practiced at Sera Je Monastic University. I'm looking for answers according to the specific ...
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Guru Yoga at Home?

I recently started attending Karma Kagyu meditations and did the guided Guru Yoga meditation. Is it suitable to be done (with youtube for example) at home or just at Sangha? I feel like I'd like to be ...
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Earliest usage of “rope or snake” allegory in Buddhist literature?

The allegory of a rope being mistaken for a snake to explain subtle metaphysical points is widespread in Buddhist literature. In particular, Je Tsongkhapa uses this allegory many times in his works to ...
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Is it good to tell awakening stories?

My question to all my dear friend is why people use to share there stories of awakening ? will it affect the mind of others those who are meditating to find the inner peace.
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How is forgiveness defined in Buddhism?

I am new to this topic so I may be asking a silly question. I have watched a lot of monk movies and after watching those movies to me it appears that forgiveness means if anybody does some harm to you ...
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Studying in nepal

A friend of mine has decided to move to Nepal,to study there. In his country there are no Nepali embassy should He contact them online? Links would be appreciated. Thanks in advance!
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How does upaya (skillful means) feature in Tibetan Buddhism?

How does upaya (skillful means) feature in Tibetan Buddhism? I'm just intrigued, because the texts I've spent longer trying to 'get' seem to be more inspired by the lotus sutra.
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Tonglen - Exchanging Self and Other - Intersubjectivity

Dear friends, looking for parallels between the practice of Tonglen, and the Husserlian notion of Intersubjectivity, I have come upon this research paper by Natalie Depraz, Phd. Quoting from the ...
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Beliefs about the 14th Dalai Lama

What are the Tibetan Buddhist beliefs of the Dalai Lama being an incarnation of the Bodhisattva Avalokiteshvara? Do all Buddhists agree with this idea?
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Decoupling happiness from state of the world: Useful? Against human nature?

I'm currently reading the book "Happiness - a guide to developing life's most important skill" by Matthieu Ricard (my first real contact with buddhism/buddhist philosophy). I found the argument he ...
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Why do we still don't know exact birth & date year of the Buddha?

I just want to know: 1)Why do we still don't know exact birth & date year of the Buddha? 2)What are the factors that is limiting in knowing Buddha's birth & death year? 3)Why many people/...
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How to use inner feeling (intuitive feeling) while taking refuge

Starting ngondro practice, taking refuge in 3 jewels. As we know most of the Tibetan schools use the pretty common attitude. So if we are not talking about the differences, but the inner feeling and ...
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How to find the right Dhamma teacher

The practice of Buddhism, as with any other spiritual development, largely relies on the guidance of a good master. With the large variety of traditions and practices out there, how should one go ...
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What does the Tibetan book of the dead say happens 14 days after death?

What does the Tibetan book of the dead say happens 14 days after death? I don't have my copy to hand. I'm asking, because I suspect a dear friend of mine may have died last week.
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Does all Tibetan Buddhism classify the sutras in the same way?

Does all Tibetan Buddhism classify the sutras and sastras in the same way, or do specific schools elevate different Indian etc. texts? I read about Chinese discussion about panjiao (doctrinal ...
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Did Lord Buddha teach, or do Buddhist sects teach, about Ghosts?

The existence of Ghosts is taught in many religions. And Buddhist sites (mainly Tibetan Buddhists) claim the existence of "Hungry Ghosts". However I didn't see sites saying that the Buddha claimed ...
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Why people in our realm are so fundamentally different?

Apparently, almost all of us living on Earth are the results of specific Bardo Thodol events, that led us here. We all failed to get to the higher realms. Except of course those who voluntarily chosen ...
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When does an ideology becomes a religion or just philosophy or a way of living?

When does an ideology becomes a religion or just philosophy or a way of living? Does each has any specific definition? or it depends upon person to person perception?
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Why is swastika in buddhism is in this 卍 format and not in this 卐 format? What is the difference between the two? What is the meaning of each sign?

I want to know why swastika is reverse in both the religion and what is the meaning of each sign? Someone within this forum said below lines on which I want to know what you people have to say on it ...
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What does “I worship the Lord of the Thunderbolt” mean, in a translation of Shantideva's Bodhicaryavatara?

Quoted below is from Shantideva's Bodhicaryavatara. I cry aloud, looking for protection. And I worship the Lord of the Thunderbolt. When they have seen him, the messengers of death and the ...
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Does “Connected Causes” mean the same thing as Dependent Origination?

I prefer the phrase "Connected Causes" to Dependent Origination or the alternatives such as Dependent Arising, Dependent Co-arising and so on, I feel that it is more direct and understandable. But I ...
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Why can't I be happy in the pursuit of Nirvana?

If you are happy, you will have to face sorrow right? So I am being told to just observe everything with equanimity or Anapana. TBH which is very boring So I observed that instead of thinking of ...
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Why Buddhist worship Mount Kailash?

In Hinduism it is said to be the place of Lord Shiva and his wife godess parvati, How is it related to Buddhist? Did Buddha himself ever said the importance of Mount Kailash? and if it is just a ...
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Should I teach an infant practice Anapana?

I want to know what is the right age for a child to learn meditation, for example if i do anapana with a toddler, can it stop the development or it will help the child to stay into panya later. ...
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Why is it necessary to scan entire body in Vipassana?

Mr Goenka teaches that there are six senses including mind, and that when we observe them in vipassana we eradicate our sankaras. My question is, nearly all my senses are on my face: like taste, ...
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How can anyone who hasn't realised the truth, claim that Mahatma Buddha or any other person in history realised God or the Truth?

Isn't it possible that whatever they have realised is just a psychological effect? Doing continuously hard practices leads to affect their mind and they tend to believe that, yes, this is the truth. ...
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What is this picture?

Even after referring to several books I simply cannot understand what this picture is depicting. I am not a Buddhist and am hence finding it difficult to decipher. I found it on this page, whose ...
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Can we still reach loved ones with guidence after they have passed through the bardo into a rebirth?

The question I pose is the same as the title of this post. Any experience or further reading of how to practice this reaching of a loved one to support and guide them after they have passed through ...
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How long do blessings last?

I recently attended a Tibetan Drinking Kagyu Buddhist retreat. During that time the visiting Rinpoche blessed several items, and I was told by His Eminence that one can renew the blessing of statues ...
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What is Lo Jong mind training?

A friend of mine recently mentioned Lo Jong mind training to me, when I asked my teacher he told me not to worry about it. Would anyone be willing to explain what it is and what it is used for?
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Monks chosen for Tibetan Telepathy

In Tibetan Buddhism there is a sect of monks who specialize in "Telepathy". Their job essentially is to protect the Tibetan people from natural disasters. Does anyone know the process on how these ...
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Looking for a clear explanation of “interdependent origination” in English (one that doesn't rely a lot of Buddhist terminology)?

I am having difficulty understanding the idea of interdependent origination within the following text. It is from The Essence of Buddhism by Traleg Kyabgon. I am finding this book very useful as a ...
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What is reincarnation?

It is well known scientific fact that over time, the animal population including human population increases. How does a colloquially scientific religion explain reincarnation if populations increases? ...
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Concept of “gods” in Vajrayana Buddhism

As I know Vajrayana Buddhism has a concept of "Gods": it's kind of "polytheism". How does it related to the concept of non-theism in common "original" Buddhism?
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What is a nirvana?

I think the title says it all.I know that an enlightened person's soul will go to nirvana after their death, but what is really nirvana? Is it some kind of a place or something like that?