Buddhist Civilization in Tibet by Tulku Thondup Rinpoche

By Tulku Thondup Rinpoche

Written through a famous student of the Nyingma tuition of Tibetan Buddhism, this can be a survey of Buddhism in Tibet, and an account of the doctrine and heritage of the 4 significant Buddhist colleges of Tibet - Nyingma, Kagyd, Sakya, and Gelug, with lists in their significant monastic associations. an outline 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 faculties. a useful reference publication, BUDDHIST CIVILIZATION IN TIBET is exclusive in that it offers a complete diversity of knowledge on Tibetan faith and literature, with wide scholarly information, in one compact quantity.

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The most famous scholar and writer in the later history of this tradition was Rin-Ch’en Phun-Tshogs who wrote on aspects of both Nyingmapa and Kagyudpa teaching. There are still a large number of Drikung Kagyud followers and monasteries in Ladakh. 2) Taglung Kagyudpa (sTag-Lung bKa’-brGyud-Pa): Tra-Lung Thang-Pa Tra-Shi Pal (bKra-Shis dPal) who was born in 1142 founded this school. He was an attendant to Phagmo Trupa, received the complete teachings and attained the realized state of meditationless Mahamudra.

Their teachings are simple and mostly in local dialects but are deep and full of meaning and inspiration. A separate Kadampa school did not survive but their teachings and examples deeply influenced the other schools of Tibetan Buddhism. This is because the original Kadampas were all hermits and did not build monasteries. Their followers, however, did construct monasteries iand these became the foundation of the Kagyur and Gelugpa sects. The Gelugpas call themselves the New Kadampa and the Kagyudpas say that their teachings are the confluence of the Mahamudra and Kadampa.

D. for the purpose of translating the Buddhist scriptures into Tibetan. In the intellectual world beyond the confines of Tibetan society, the Tibetan language is important because of the richness and vastness of the Buddhist literature contained within its scope. It is one of the four major Buddhist languages. The others are Sanskrit, Pali and Chinese. D. was written in Sanskrit. It is an especially important source for the Mahayana, unfortunately, due to historical circumstances many of these priceless original Sanskrit texts, were lost.

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