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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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Any string theorists around? “Om Mane Padme Hum” [closed]

I am channelling Nyarlathotep and writing as Palimpseste here. Nyar told me some precious Buddhist material that I decided to share with the world. I have made a beautiful document out of his string ...
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Significance of touching forheads in Tibetan Buddhism (Karma Kagyu)?

I have visited a local group of Karma Kagyu practitioners once, hearing a Dharma talk and participating in the mantra, rituals, and meditation. At this occasion, the members of the Sangha greeted ...
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What are the Wikipedia Pages for these Kangyur titles

Not knowing Tibetan or having access to a wide array of sources, I am using the (Tibetan script) Kangyur from these. The table of contents is here pretty much. After converting their Excel file to a ...
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Why is the 16th Karmapa visualized rather than the 17th Karmapa in Karma Kagyu?

From what I have seen observing Kagyu ceremonies, the 17th Karmapa (either of them, actually) is treated with great awe, respect and reverence. However in their daily rituals, Kagyu buddhists usually ...
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Are there “safe” practices to follow before meeting one's teacher?

I sincerely want to practice Tibetan Buddhism. It is a tradition which places great emphasis on one's relationship with their teacher. This makes a lot of sense to me. I plan to visit a Karma Kagyu ...
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What is a “sentient being” in Tibetan Buddhism?

The answer to this question seems to depend on what school one talks about. So my question is about Mahayana Buddhism, more specifically Tibetan Madhyamaka Buddhist schools. I kind of wonder where ...
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What path does Alan Wallace teach?

I am long time student of Chogyam Trungpa. Unfortunately, the current situation at the sangha (now Shambhala International) is in a state of chaos. I am interested in becoming Alan Wallace's student. ...
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Thought-sending in Tibetan Buddhism and other traditions

In this speech, actor Richard Gere, in the capacity of an award presenter, made a speech at the Oscar's of 1993, asking all viewers to send out their thoughts to the Chinese government leaders and the ...
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Suppose World War 3 occurs and manages to wipe out all humans and animals. Is the cycle of death and rebirth broken?

Or will human beings be magically reborn again in order to continue their journey to Nirvana?
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Losing faith in tibetan buddhism

I have been practising tibetan buddhism for the past seven years and I am losing faith now and it hurts. I don't know what to do. Can someone advise?
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What are the differences between Zen Buddhism and Tibetan Buddhism?

I am primarily interested in following the teachings of Mahayana. Mahayana refers to the path of the Bodhisattva, a person capable of achieving Nirvana, a state in which the practitioner is released ...
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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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What is the relationship between Bon and Tibetan Buddhism?

What is the relationship between Bon and Tibetan Buddhism? My understanding is that Bon is a religion that pre-dates Tibetan Buddhism but is it still an active influence within Tibetan Buddhism? Is ...
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Tibetan script ༎ and ། topic and section markers in detail

There is not much info on ། and ༎. There are some notes here, but that's about it. ། TIBETAN MARK SHAD: Denotes the end of a piece of text called a tshig-grub, a unit that can't be compared with ...
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Why are there so many different paths?

I will admit I am just starting to look into buddhism and such. I am confused because so far I understand that the Satipatthana sutta provides everything anyone needs to become 'enlightened'. If ...
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What does ཕལ་པོ་ཆེ། (translated to the Flower Ornament Sutra) really mean?

I am not versed in Tibetan language but wanted to know what the literal meaning of ཕལ་པོ་ཆེ། is, which is translated into either of these The Sūtra of the Buddhas' Vastness The Flower Ornament Sūtra ...
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Is Vajrayana the fastest and only way to enlightenment? Bön & Shaivism

Why is Tibetan Buddhism the fastest way to enlightenment? What is the difference of Kashmir Shaivism and Nyingma School? Why is Tibetan Buddhism faster and the only way? Tibetan Buddhism developed ...
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What is 'crazy wisdom'? (no uninformed guesses please)

I'm looking for a slightly better theoretical understanding of "crazy wisdom", as if that's possible. I've seen two superficially-sensible mentions of it on this site. here -- If you knew what is ...
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Where is the Tibetan Book of the Dead online in Tibetan script?

THLib contains the Kangyur and Tengyur in Tibetan script, which is a lot of text. But it doesn't seem to contain the Tibetan Book of the Dead :( Is there any place online that has the Tibetan Book of ...
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Are these 23 a copy of the Tibetan Perfection of Knowledge Collection?

I am new to Tibetan but am interested in the Tibetan script versions of the texts. Not knowing much Tibetan script yet, I am not totally sure I am looking at the right thing and so wanted to clarify ...
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How does the བར་དོ་ཐོས་གྲོལ (Bardo Thodol) “Tibetan Book of the Dead” fit in with the Kangyur and Tengyur

I am looking for a public domain copy of the Tibetan book of the dead (in original Tibetan script, not a translation) online in text format (i.e. not a PDF). This lead me to the main question... My ...
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Should I teach an infant practice Anapana?

I want to know what 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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Are Vajrayana and Tibetan Buddhism the same thing?

This is a hugely amateurish question, for which I apologize, but: are Vajrayana and Tibetan Buddhism the same thing? If not, how are they related? In particular, does the term "Tibetan Buddhism" ...
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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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What will the Satipatthana Sutta teach me?

I am completely new to all this (buddhism, meditation etc...) but I really want to begin somewhere I found this guy called Stephen Procter who has this free guided meditation program (52 guided ...
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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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Kalachakra Tantra (translation of the original text)

Where can I find the English / Chinese translation of the Kalachakra Tantra? (not commentary) Thank you.
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A question about my karma and how it’s affecting me

I come from a very well off family but I have issues with my parents even though I’m very grateful for everything I have,I’m having a problem with self acceptance beacuse of them which took me a very ...
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How many types of Buddhism exists in this world?

many times, I stumbled to start to dig something towards teaching of Buddha and at some point want to make focus on Buddhism. During my journey of looking bird eye of view, I passed through Vipassana, ...
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Tibetan word “sur”

I am reading a transcript of a talk given by a Tibetan lama, and the word 'sur' is used. What is it? Does it have something to do with food offering?
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How do visualisation meditation practices relate to insight?

A while ago I attended a Tibetan Buddhist group. They were very nice but I just couldn't get on with the visualisation practices. I find it reasonably clear how mindfulness of breathing becomes an ...
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Is OM MA NI PADME HUM flag useful?

May I use this Tibetan flag above door and will this protect house from negative and bad energy? I know importance of chanting OM MA NI PADME HUM. So is it helpful or just feng shui thing? I thought ...
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Compassion for all sentient beings

In the Tibetan tradition, and as far as I understand, the Mahayana in general, there’s a lot of emphasis on compassion for all sentient beings. Compassion for all sentient beings sounds great. But I ...
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“When the iron bird flies and horses run on wheels, the dharma will come to the land of the red faces”

"When the iron bird flies and horses run on wheels, the dharma will come to the land of the red faces" is a quote from ~700AD that is too good to check. It is also the title of a reasonably good ...
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Diamond Sutra in Tibetan, Sanskrit, and/or Japanese

Does anyone know where I can find a version of the Diamond Sutra that is in one of these three formats: Classical Tibetan with Romanized Tibetan and English Devangari with Romanized Sanskrit and ...
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Meditation and being aware in your sleep while dreaming

I noticed a reply Andrei made on a post on the results of meditating, that you become aware in your sleep while dreaming, so that your mind knows it's a dream: Mindfulness during sleep Do Arhats ...
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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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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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How does Shambhala differ from traditional Vajrayana Buddhism as it is practiced in Asia?

How is Shambhala Buddhism as founded by Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche and continued by folks like Pema Chodron different from traditional Tantric Buddhism such as that practiced by the Dalai Lama? Does ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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 ...