Buddhist Civilization in Tibet by Tulku Thondup Rinpoche

By Tulku Thondup Rinpoche

Written through a famous student of the Nyingma institution of Tibetan Buddhism, it is a survey of Buddhism in Tibet, and an account of the doctrine and heritage of the 4 significant Buddhist faculties of Tibet - Nyingma, Kagyd, Sakya, and Gelug, with lists in their significant monastic associations. an summary of Tibetan literature is additionally supplied, with a precis of either the secualr and spiritual literature of Tibet, and specific emphasis at the scope of literary works of the 4 significant Buddhist colleges. a useful reference booklet, BUDDHIST CIVILIZATION IN TIBET is exclusive in that it offers an entire variety of knowledge on Tibetan faith and literature, with large scholarly facts, in one compact quantity.

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The Sakya Pandita’s younger brother’s older son, Dro-Gon ChoGyal Phag-Pa (a’Gro-mGon Chhos-rGyal a'Phags-Pa, 1235-1280) was a great teacher and became the first Lama Ruler of Tibet. He studied under his uncle’s guidance and became a highly realized Lama. After his uncle’s death he became the guru to the Chinese Emperor Kublai Khan. In return for receiving Abhishekha (initiation) the Emperor offered him central, western and southern Tibet. At the time o f his second visit to China the emperor offered him additional areas of Tibetan territory.

7) Chab-Do (Ch’ab-mDo) Monmastery: This monastery is located ■n the Kham province of Eastern Tibet. It was built by Tsong-Kha-Pa’s disciple, Cham-Chen Choje in 1437. , 8) sKu-a’Bum Monastery: This monastery is located in the Amdo Province of Eastern Tibet at the birthplace of Tsong-Kha-Pa. It was built ,With the advice and blessing o f the third Dalai Lama, Sod-Nam GyaTsho (bSod-Nams rGya-mTsho) (1543-1588). It has residences for 3700 j£onks and has three colleges. One of the colleges is for medicine and p*® other two are for Sutric and Tantric study and practice.

In general the Nyingmapa tradition in Tibet did not have one head for the whole school. H. Dudjom Rinpoche, the incarnation of the great Terton Dudjom Lingpa, as supreme head with his main seat in Nepal. Tibetan Buddhist Schools Which Resulted From The Later Spread of the Doctrine The persecution o f the Dharma by the anti-Buddhist King Lang Darma marks the end o f the Earlier Spread o f the Doctrine in Tibet Towards the end o f the 10th century Buddhism began to reappear in Central Tibet. The 11th century in Tibetan religious history was a time o f great progress and development o f Buddhism in Tibet Many new teachers and texts arrived from India during this period and many Tibetans went to India to study.

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