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  Vajrayana - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Tibetan Buddhism, found in Tibet, Bhutan, northern India, Nepal, southwestern China, Mongolia and, various constituent republics of Russia that are adjacent to the area, such as: Amur Oblast, Buryatia, Chita Oblast, Tuva Republic, and Khabarovsk Krai.
From this point of view the esoteric Vajrayana is the only Buddhist teaching which is not a compromise with the limited nature of the audience to which it is directed, since the teachings are said to be the Dharmakaya (the principle of enlightenment) in the form of Mahavairocana, engaging in a monologue with himself.
Vajrayana Buddhism would survive in Indonesia and Malaysia until eclipsed by Islam in the 13th century.
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 Buddhism - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Buddhism is a philosophy based on the teachings of the Buddha, Siddhārtha Gautama, a prince of the Shakyas, whose lifetime is traditionally given as 566 to 486 BCE.
Theravada Buddhism: parts of India, Sri Lanka, Myanmar (where it is imposed as the state religion),Thailand, Laos, Cambodia, parts of Vietnam (along the Mekong Delta frontier with Cambodia, the so-called "Khmer Krom" region), and parts of China (in Yunnan, Guangxi, and Sichuan).
Buddhism has the characteristics of what would be expected in a cosmic religion for the future: It transcends a personal God, avoids dogmas and theology; it covers both the natural and the spiritual, and it is based on a religious sense aspiring from the experience of all things, natural and spiritual, as a meaningful unity.
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 Buddhism - Dorje
Buddhism is a religion and philosophy that developed from the teachings of the Buddha Gautama (or Gautama), who lived as early as the 6th century BC.
The historical origin of Vajrayana is unclear, except that it coincided with the spread of the mentalistic schools of Buddhism.
Buddhism and its founder must be considered on the basis of this social structure which is confirmed in the oldest texts as well as in the modern Oxford History of India.
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 vajrayana buddhism   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-20)
The Adamantine Vehicle) school of Buddhism, practiced predominantly in Tibet, Mongolia and Bhutan, consists of a collection of techniques for the practice of Mahayana, along with the texts that expound those techniques (the Tantras).
Being the foundation for Buddhism, it is sometimes expounded as a third and separate major school of Buddhism, alongside the Mahayana and Theravada.
Vajrayana, which developed in Northern India circa 7th century, has its main philosophical roots in Madhyamika of Nagarjuna, Chandrakirti and Vijnanavada (aka Yogachara), Chittamatra) of Asanga, and Vasubhandu.
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 Partners: BUDDHISM   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-20)
Buddhism today is divided into two major branches known to their respective followers as Theravada, the Way of the Elders, and Mahayana, the Great Vehicle.
Vajrayana became the dominant form of Buddhism in Tibet and was also transmitted through China to Japan, where it continues to be practiced by the Shingon sect.
Although Buddhism in India largely died out between the 8th and 12th centuries AD, resurgence on a small scale was sparked by the conversion of 3.5 million former members of the untouchable caste, under the leadership of Bhimrao Ramji Ambedkar, beginning in 1956.
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 Buddhism Glossary
Vajrayana, Theravada emphasizes the individual over the group, holding that it is the individual who must reach nirvana on their own.
In Tibeten Buddhism, or Vajrayana Buddhism, this is the symbol of the male and female sexual union--usually a union of a god or a bodhisattva and his consort--which represents the completeness of the cosmos.
A branch of Mahayana Buddhism which was brought to China (where it was called Chan) in 520 CE by Bodhidarma and arrived in Japan in the twelfth century.
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 vitalcoaching.com - Vajrayana - Spiritual development
Vajrayana Buddhism developed in Northern India circa 7th century and was exported to China, Japan, and Tibet.
Esoteric Buddhism holds that it is not ineffable, and that it is communicated via esotric rituals which involve the use of mantras, mudras, and mandalas.
Esoteric Buddhism is also practised, although to a lesser extent in the Tendai School founded at around the same time as the Shingon School in the early 9th century (Heian period).
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 "Tantric" Means
In Vajrayana Buddhism, on the other hand, there is the system of meditation of the unity of Samatha and Vipashyana according to the Tantric or Sutra Mahamudra systems.
In Vajrayana Tantric meditation, the method is the generation and completion stage of the meditation whereas in Hindu Tantric meditation system, the method is limited to the generation stage.
Vajrayana practitioners achieve the state of complete enlightenment, whereas in Hindu Tantric system, the attainment is the Brahma realm.
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 BUDDHISM, Buddhist, BUDDHISM IN ASIA, HINAYANA BUDDHISM, MAHAYANA BUDDHISM,   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-20)
Buddhism is a religion..Buddhism is a philosophy based on the teachings Buddha, There is some debate as to the exact year that Buddhism was formed, but it is believed that the buddhism religion began in the 6th century B.C. in Nepal by Siddhartha Guatama.
Buddhism is not a dogmatic religion in the sense that it does not required a person to accept fixed beliefs and ideas.
Early Buddhism stressed that the goal of each individuals was to seek freedom from the chain of rebirth and thus from all sufferings and death.
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Vajrayana Buddhism, also commonly called Tantric Buddhism, is the "Diamond Vehicle." It developed out of the Mahayana teachings in northwest India around 500 C.E. and spread to Tibet, China and Japan.
Vajrayana Buddhism was founded in the eighth century by the great enlightened Indian tantric master Padmasambhava, "the second Buddha," and is the oldest of the four schools of Tibetan Buddhism (Nyingma, Kagyu, Sakya, and Gelugpa).
To continue a study of Vajrayana is to enter a realm of devotion, lyricism and experience--the intangibles of all religion, which are at once, paradoxically, ephemeral and yet the base upon which religion stands.
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Vajrayana, the "Thunderbolt" or "Diamond" Vehicle, is one of the three major divisions of Buddhism.
Vajrayana arose from a group of texts called Tantras which described meditation and ritual techniques for advanced Mahayana practitioners.
Vajrayana is also noted for focusing attention on many feminine buddhas, bodhisattvas, deities or wives of male deities.
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 Buddhism - Tantric Buddhism including Tibetan Buddhism   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-20)
Tibet was a latecomer to Buddhism, and an Indian monk, Padmasambhava, also called Guru Rinpoche, who followed the Tantric school in Indian, came to Tibet in 747AD and established the main Tibetan schools.
Tibetan Buddhism is very colourful, and full of images of deities and demons often drawn in a ritual diagram called a mandala, which would often represent the whole universe.
Today, the four main schools of Tibetan Buddhism are all alive and active and have spread their influence around the globe.
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 archive of e-mail postings on vajrayana
So the Vajrayana elements of Buddhism are alive and well and living in Tibet, whereupon the religious structure undergoes a number of adaptions to the social conditions.
As a result, Vajrayana Buddhism was the type of Buddhism that became dominant in Tibet (Fenton 132).
Vajrayana buddhism is a later form of buddhism that originated during the sixth or seventh century in India, eventualy it spread to Tibet and other places near northeast India, but that isn't of much importance at this point.
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 Vajrayana Buddhism on Encyclopedia.com   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-20)
Esoteric Buddhism in Southeast Asia in the light of recent scholarship.(Book Review)
ETC./Bon to Buddhism: Lecture on history of religions in Tibet
Buddhism in America: an ancient religion grows ever stronger roots in a new world, with the help of the movies, pop culture and the politics of repressed Tibet.(Cover Story)
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And his exploits in the interest of converting the "untamed" Tibetans to firmly establish Mahayana Buddhism on the High Plateau are often told.
Dahveed-Nail] managed to study Buddhism in Lhasa (the L is not pronounced,) Tibet’s capital, in the first part of the 1900s and wrote of her experiences in several books such as Magic and Mystery in Tibet that are still available.
She is admired for her ability to convey the teachings of Buddhism in a down-to-earth fashion.
www.khandro.net /buddhism_paths_tibetan.htm   (2859 words)

Vajrayana, or Tantric Buddhism, has been described as the latest phase in the development and evolution of Buddhist thought.
Indeed, if anything good has come out of the terrible Chinese invasion and oppression of the Tibetan homeland in the 2nd half of the 20th century, it has been that this has driven Tibetan lamas and teachers to the West, and encouraged them to spread their tradition among sympathetic Westerners.
Vajrayana metaphysics is, like Indian Tantra, a hybrid affair: a coming together of Indian Tantrism, Mahayana Buddhism, and the original aboriginal shamanism - the Bon tradition - of Tibet itself.
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 Vajrayana: Gothic Buddhism?
Part of Vajrayana Buddhism is the belief that ancient Buddhist masters were able to tame powerful demons, to bind them to an unbreakable oath to do good and to protect the religion and its followers.
The fact that Buddhism practitioners hold dangerous magical power is not because this is what they hope to achieve, it is simply an acknowledgment that the world is a dangerous place and that even Buddhist masters can sometimes falter and use their skills for malevolent purposes.
When Vajrayana Buddhists say that "life is suffering" it is not to make people suffer more, but to help them get started on the path towards suffering less, even if it means going through a painful period of admitting the suffering which is currently in their lives.
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 Buddhism --  Encyclopædia Britannica
When King Asoka converted to Buddhism in the 3rd century BC, he used the resources to spread the religion as far south as Ceylon (modern Sri Lanka) and as far north as Kashmir.
Buddhism has always been ready and able to develop in new environments, with different cultures and customs, and yet still remain faithful to the teachings of the Buddha.
It is therefore not surprising that Buddhism continues to flourish in the East.
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 Tantrism - religious cults and sects   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-20)
While Tibetan Buddhism (sometimes refered to as Tantra Buddhism) falls under the umbrella of Mahayana Buddhism it is often spoken of and written about seperately from other Mahayana schools because of its unique characteristics.
Tantrism, which is a key component of Vajrayana, then goes beyond these notions to their representation in the symbol of the sexual union between male and female (see yab-yum).
The Vajrayana was born in India probably in the seventh century A.D., although followers of this vehicle would argue a much earlier date of birth.
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Buddhism is one of the oldest and largest religions in the world.
Mahayana and Hinayana Buddhism focus on Buddhism as a religion and a moral code, in much the same way Christianity is embraced in the West.
Buddhism is the synthesis of many of the Eastern religions, including yoga, Taoism and Hinduism.
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 Tibetan Buddhism   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-20)
It is based on a lineage of teachings and traditions introduced during the reigns of the Buddhist Kings of the Yarlong Dynasty in the eighth and ninth century by Padmasambhava, Shantarakshita, Vilalamitra, and others.
He was given the Nobel Peace Prize in 1989 in recognition of his tireless efforts on behalf of world peace and alleviating the sufferings of the Tibetan people under the genicidal policies of the Chinese government.
Although there is no existing school of Tibetan Buddhism now explicitly known as Kadam, the teachings in this school are highly respected by all the four major traditions, and in particular by the Gelug school, which is also sometimes known as the "new Kadam" school.
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 Vajrayana Buddhism - Tashi Choling Center for Buddhist Studies
Buddhism was brought to Tibet from India by many great masters from the eighth to the twelfth centuries.
Vajrayana, a vast system of profound philosophy and deep meditation, is considered the pinnacle of the Buddha’s teaching.
It is a path that encompasses the three vehicles: Hinayana, Mahayana, and Vajrayana.
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The term Buddhism, as it has come to be used, particularly in connection with the phrase or movement, "Western Buddhism," is often no longer an accurate or appropriate translation of the Sanskrit word Dharma, or of its Tibetan equivalent, Chö.
Although Sutrayana Buddhism bears some resemblance to the isms with which we in the West are familiar, the vehicles of Vajrayana are of a specifically different character.
Having heard the vajrayana teachings, instead of becoming awakened, you become deaf and dumb to the teachings.
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Buddhadharma or Buddhism, as it is widely known today, was founded over 2500 years ago in ancient India by the historical Buddha, Shakyamuni.
Nalandabodhi is connected with the Nyingma and Kagyu schools of Tibetan Buddhism, two of the great Buddhist schools established in Tibet during the 8th Century.
Buddhism is divided into two main traditions, or "vehicles" (Skt.
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 MA in Indo-Tibetan Buddhism   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-20)
The Masters of Arts degrees in Indo-Tibetan Buddhism and Indo-Tibetan Buddhism with Language span two-years involving the broad, in-depth study of Buddhism as a spiritual, theological, and cultural tradition.
Our study of Buddhism is carried out within a context of respect for the tradition and appreciation for its humane values and profound spiritual perspectives.
Students in the MA Indo-Tibetan Buddhism and MA Indo-Tibetan Buddhism with Language programs choose between the History of Religions or the Tibetan Tradition sequence of Buddhist Studies courses.
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 SingaporeMoms - Parenting Encyclopedia - Vajrayana
Vajrayāna Buddhism, also known as Tantric Buddhism, Mantrayana, and Esoteric Buddhism, is often viewed as the third major school of Buddhism, alongside the Theravada and Mahayana schools.
Vajrayana Buddhists themselves often classify their school as the final stage in the evolution of Indian Buddhist theory which they enumerate as: Hinayana, Mahayana, Vajrayana (see dharma wheel).
In 804, the Emperor Kammu of Japan sent the intrepid monk Kukai to the Tang capital at Chang'an to retrieve the latest Buddhist knowledge.
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