Because of Tibet's geographical isolation it preserved a distinct form of Buddhism. The roots of Tibetan Buddhism lie in the Mahayana and Vajrayana Buddhism of Northern India of the first millennium CE which was lost after the Muslim invasions. When that form of Buddhism was carried into Tibet, Tibetan translators took great care to be faithful to the original Indian texts, and thus preserved much that was being lost in the land where it originated. Buddhism spread in Tibet, and under royal patronage and the guidance, initially, of great teachers from India, became essentially the only religion in Tibet, with the exception being small groups of Bon practitioners, and a certain amount of folk religion. This was the situation until the Chinese take-over of Tibet in 1959. Until that time, just as Tibet itself was an exotic, little known land, closed to most foreigners, so Tibetan Buddhism was more a subject of myth than of knowledge in the west. After the Chinese arrival, many Tibetan Buddhists left, going into neighboring Northern India, Sikkim, Nepal, and Butan. Through them, the Tibetan form of Buddhism made the return trip into the country of its origin, and then began a migration into the West. Though identified with the name and culture of Tibet, this form of Buddhism is in fact, not strictly dependent on Tibetan culture as its only environment. Lineages once held exclusively by Tibetans are now being passed on to people of other national and ethnic backgrounds.
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The meaning of Tantra as practiced in the New Kadampa Tradition under the direction of Geshe Kelsang Gyatso. Its relation to other aspects of Dharma.
Offers sutras, commentaries, essays on compassion in world religions, and in-depth articles on the faith.
Buddha Dharma Forum
A quiet place for buddhist thought and discussion.
Tibetan Buddhist images, teachings, forum and quotes from Buddhist teachers.
Dorje Shugden Incarnations
Previous incarnations of the Dharma Protector, Dorje Shugden.
A description of this Tibetan lineage, its history, centers and monasteries, current teachers, and teaching schedules.
The Drukpa Kargyud lineage. Includes a history of the lineage and life stories of the lineage masters.
Eastern Tradition Research Institute
Website of the researchers David Reigle and his wife Nancy. Includes online documents on their in depth search for the Tibetan backgrounds of Blavatsky's theosophy.
The Eleventh Panchen Lama
Dedicated to Gendun Choekyi Nyima, the young Eleventh Panchen Lama - and the "world's youngest political prisoner". Includes the English translation of H.H. the Dalai Lama's prayer for the young lama, as well as links to related sites.
Frontline: Dreams of Tibet
Understanding Tibetan Buddhism.
The Future of Buddhism - Diamond Way
Visit the future here. Ever since the past the future has been approaching. Tibetan Buddhism, meditation, history, books and news.
Healing, Relaxing and Awakening: Tibetan Buddhist Methods
Tibetan Buddhist tools for awakening also promote relaxation and healing; meditation, prayer wheels, incense, and chants.
The History of the Tagmo Lüjin Stupa
The legend about the place where the future Buddha sacrificed his body to a tigress, taken from the "Sutra of the Wise and the Foolish."
Introduction to Tibetan Buddhism
Introduction to Buddhism, meditation, practices, philosophy and history.
Official site of the Kagyu Monlam Chenmo (Kagyu annual great prayer festival.) Information on the current festival, photo gallery, travel information, and material on previous festivals.
Karma Triyana Dharmachakra
Extensive Karma Kagyu Buddhist teaching library under seven major topics: Introduction, turning the mind, becoming a Buddhist, taming the mind, training the mind, developing the mind, and cultivating Insight.
The Magic of OM MANI PADME HUM in Tibetan Buddhism
In Tibetan Buddhism the most common prayer, found everywhere, is Om Mani Padma Hum, the mantra of Chenrezi, the Buddha of compassion.
Mind & Life Institute
The Mind and Life Institute is dedicated to creating a powerful working collaboration and research partnership between modern science and Buddhism, the world's two most powerful traditions for understanding the nature of reality and investigating the mind.
Mudra.co.uk is dedicated to comparative Tibetan Buddhist Mahayana and Tantric practice and Jungian psychology through publishing books, prints and articles, workshops and meditation retreats.
Quiet Mountain Tibetan Buddhist Resource Guide
Tibetan Buddhist Centers and Resources.
A dynamic encyclopedia of Dharma material and a dictionary of current usage. Includes a wide range of non-sectarian free resources for a "circle of lotsawas" involved in the translation of Buddhism from Tibetan to English.
Sakya Resource Guide
A complete Resource Guide of the Sakya School of Tibetan Buddhism linking all Sakya resources on the Internet and providing an overview of all world-wide resources; Teachers, Teachings, Translations, History, Monasteries, Centres and Art.
Research Into The Legends of Ancient Shambhala. Contains annotated links to source material.
St. John's Order
A Russian Lamaist tradition whose origins are from Siberia and Mongolia. Brief description and contact information.
Tibetan Buddhism Archives
Articles on a variety of Tibetan Buddhist topics including meditation and mind training, major lineages, death and rebirth, famous Lamas, and the development of Bodhicitta collected from many sources on the Internet, mostly predating the World Wide Web.
Tibetan Buddhism Resources
Tibetan Buddhist meditation training and practice, both traditional and Shambhala forms, and Tibetan Art are accessible through centers, books, tapes, and Websites.
Tibetan Language Institute Website
Learn the Language of the Lamas. Rarely offered in academic settings or Dharma centers, Tibetan language study as presented by the Tibetan Language Institute is accessible, enjoyable, and immediately rewarding.
Tibetan Nuns of Kathmandu: 1999 North American Tour
Members of Khachoe Ghakyil Nunnery will tour North America in 1999, presenting sacred music, chants, dance and art of the Tibetan Buddhist tradition in a program entitled Women's Freedom and Spiritual Liberation. Tour schedule, performance information (sand mandalas, sacred music, dance, theater and monastic debate), and related links.
Women Active in Buddhism
The Web's first comprehensive collection of resources on contemporary Buddhist women. Listings on female teachers, activists, nuns, events, organizations, bibliography, and a glossary of female Buddhist deities.
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