Questions tagged [tibetan-buddhism]

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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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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Purpose of touching tongue to roof of mouth during meditation

While researching forms of meditation involving concentration specific to the Tibetan school of Buddhism, the meditation instruction tells one to touch their tongue to the roof of their mouth when ...
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What are the main schools of Tibetan Buddhism?

Can anyone provide short (maybe a couple of sentences) summaries of the main schools of Tibetan Buddhism and the differences between them. In fairly certain there are 4 main schools but I could be ...
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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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How to reduce distractions in sitting practice?

How are people supposed to practice sitting meditation when there are so many distractions around like working, internet social media pages and other things like that?
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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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Role of suicide in the context of Dalai Lama's birthday and inevitable deathday

His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama recently celebrated his 80th birthday! I've read that he is very conscious of the fact that after his death, there will be much turmoil, and it's something he thinks ...
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Preliminaries (common and uncommon) in Tibetan Buddhism

What are the 3 commom and 3 uncommon preliminaries in Tibetan Buddhism?
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The spiritual significance of the sand mandala in Tibetan Buddhism

I have heard of and seen sand mandalas in Tibetan Buddhism. Here is a picture: I have two questions, which are related: I have heard that upon completion they are erased to represent transience. Is ...
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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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Within Tibetan Buddhism, are the Lamas always the same “soul”?

It's my understanding that the belief in Tibetan Buddhism is that when a Lama is reborn he (not meaning to be sexist, but I know of no female Lamas - please let me know if I'm wrong) becomes that same ...
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What is a wrathful Buddha?

In reading this answer to another question there were many references to "the peaceful and wrathful buddhas" in the quote from The Tibetan Book of the Dead. This is a tradition that I'm not very ...
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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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What are the funeral rites for Tibetan lay Buddhists?

I am mostly interested in how a Tibetan Buddhist funeral is carried out in the West, i.e. in countries where Buddhism is not a leading religion. Are there any particular practices or ceremonies that ...
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Stages of the Bardo

From the moment of death, to the moment of rebirth (or alternative outcomes) How would you map the flowchart of the bardo? or instead of a flowchart a tree map? A list of stages would also be ...
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Q: What do you wish you knew when you started down the path of buddhism?

This stack exchange actually lead me towards the path of finding a lama and becoming a Buddhist. Thank You! This got me thinking, what would you tell sentient beings new to the path of Buddhism? Is ...
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How does a person enter the 1st bhumi

In order to attain the bhumis a person needs to enter somewhere so my question is pretty important in the way of the Bodhisattva. How does a person enter the 1st Bhumi?
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What are the rotating cylinders in monastries, and why are they there?

Sorry, as I don't know the right term for them. But, I have noticed these huge copper cylinders(when I went to visit a temple in Dharmashala), which are kept like 5-6 in a row. They have engravings ...
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Pāramitāyāna and Tantrayāna

Wikipedia includes this (unreferenced) sentence: According to the perspective of Tibetan Buddhism, Mahāyāna practitioners have the choice of two practice paths: the path of perfection (Sanskrit: ...
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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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Who are the Buddhas on the Wheel of Life?

In a lot of images of the wheel of life there are Buddha figures in each of the realms. You can see them in the image below of the full wheel of life and I've also put in a close up of the hell realm ...
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Is there a Tantrayana (Tibetan Buddhism) training related to “burning” past bad karma?

I heard (only heard) a couple of times somewhere that there is a training in Tantrayana that can purify you, by deleting or burning your own past bad karma. Unfortunately, I don't know the name of ...
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What are the consequences of the 14th Dalai Lama being the last one?

The current (14th) Dalai Lama has recently indicated that he may be the last person to hold that title. Does this stance cause any theological issues for the Gelug branch of Tibetan Buddhism or more ...
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Can a being be reborn into more that one body in Tibetan Buddhism?

I was reading that both the Dalai Lama and Karmapa are both rebirths (emanations) of the Bodhisattva Avalokiteśvara. Also there are other lamas who are also emanations of Avalokiteśvara. So is ...
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Is Practicing Tantric/Wrathful Meditation Dangerous Without a Guru?

Some time ago, I found a mala in a shop that I was quite drawn to for reasons I cannot explain. At the time I thought it was wood but as the stain wore off I saw it was bone. This lead me to do some ...
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What is Thögal?

Recently I came across a progressive series of workshops working out of the Kusum Rangshar (by Shardza Tashi Gyaltsen) where one of the classes revolved around a practice called Thögal (ཐོད་རྒལ་). ...
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What are: Lamrim, Dzogchen, Mahamudra

Could someone provide a brief (good-SE-answer-size) description of the three terms: Lamrim, Dzogchen, and Mahamudra. Specifically, are they different examples of one particular thing, are they ...
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What does Diamond Way Buddhism say about obstacles at times of becoming more conscious?

N. D. Walsch claimed in one of his books that at the point in time, when a person "switches gears" to a higher level of consciousness, it frequently happens that events occur, which you perceive as ...
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What are the three poisons?

You will often hear reference to the three poisons in Buddhism, What are they referring to exactly when they talk about the three poisons?
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Dream journal - what to focus on?

My partner has practiced a lot of lucid dreaming. She is good at it, I'm not. All in all, I'm a conceptual, low level beginner not yet recovered from too many years of academics. I sleep 7 hours ...
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Does Theravadin analysis distinguish between implicative and absolute negations?

In Beacon of Certainty (tr. Pettit), Mipham Rinpoche addresses key questions about how to practice based on Madhyamaka philosophy. The first question has to do with distinguishing absolute negation ...
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How was Chögyam Trungpa's behaviour justified by his lineage?

As well as being a preeminent teacher of Tibetan Buddhist, Chögyam Trungpa was notorious for his more extreme behaviour such as drinking, smoking, sleeping with students, crashing cars and so forth. ...
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What is the motivation for Torma?

Torma are sculpted butter and flour cakes set on mandalas and on altars during Tibetan Buddhist ceremonies. Does anyone know what the story is with Torma and why are we doing offerings anyhow? Is ...
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Tibetan Mahayana

Does anyone know the source of this teaching: Free From Assertions Regarding Philosophical Views, Free from Mental Fabrication in Meditation, Free from Accepting or Rejecting Regarding Conduct, ...
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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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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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Tradition and purpose of prostration practice

In the triratna Buddhist community (who I practice with) there is a prostrations practice for those going through the ordination process. I'm sure we have taken this practice from another tradition.I'...
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Text request--Tibetan Buddhism

I am looking for some legal, online Tibetan Buddhist texts. I have been studying Buddhism for a long time (although mostly Theravada) and so I am not looking for something at the beginner level. ...
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Who is really suffering in Hell and Enjoying in Heaven?

When a person dies, s/he goes to heaven or hell based on present life karma and any past karmas. In Buddhism, if there is no soul, who is punished in hell and who enjoys in heaven? as there is no ...
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How is a Dalai Lama chosen? And can it be a woman?

The 14th Dalai Lama is about 80 now. How will the next one be chosen or elected? Does the Dalai Lama himself decide, and has this already been decided? Are they, like the Catholics, 'voting' on ...
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What is the truth that you deny?

I have heard that there is a Tibetan word that roughly translates to "The truth that we deny" and sounded close to the English word "gotcha." I however cannot locate this word or a source of it. Can ...
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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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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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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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Can a buddhist get married?

Im 42 years old man...i have a girlfriend..and studying Yoga, Meditation and some basics of buddhism. I came from a Hindu religion but somehow the buddhism suits me more. I wonder if someone that is ...
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Is Tantrayana the same as Vajrayana?

I'm reading a little bit from the Tibetan Buddhist lama Dhardo Rimpoche at the moment. He keeps referring to Tantrayana not Vajrayana when discussing Buddhist philosophy and practice. It's pretty ...
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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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Between death and offence what is the choice?

One day here on this SE i had an comment to one of my answers suggesting that it is rather discomforting or hard to accept that Buddhists have chosen death as their choice in difficult situations like ...
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Resources to study the Abhidharma in the East/North Asian schools of Buddhism (e,g, Mahayana, Tibetan, Yogacara, Dharmaguptaka, etc.)

What are good resources and references (ideally online) to learn Abhidharma from East and North Asian (Mahayana, Tibetan, Yogacara, Asaṅga, Vasubandhu, Dharmaguptaka, etc.) schools of Buddhism. NB: I ...
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How is marriage after divorce looked upon?

From this article, it is clear that Buddhism accepts(but doesn't really root for it) divorce when things get worse. But, how is marriage after divorce looked upon?