Essential Tibetan Buddhism by Robert A. F. Thurman

By Robert A. F. Thurman

An creation to Tibetan Buddhism explaining the middle ideals, traditions and activities of this renowned jap faith. The publication incorporates a word list, explanatory notes, directories of monasteries, sacred websites and key academics.

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All could be developed to the point where they could have the sublime good fortune to encounter Tantra. So all teachings, for the individual and for this young, frontier society of Tibet, were set within the context of the possibility and opportunity of Tantra but with precise avenues of entry according to the various levels of ability. Some popular Tantric teachers in eleventh-century Tibet, enchanted with the beauty of Tantric visions, tended to forget about the strictures of secrecy and the careful prerequisites laid out in the Tantric texts.

Tibetan spiritual teachers have attracted large followings in Europe, the Americas, Australia, Japan, Taiwan, and Southeast Asia, and some have written spiritual best-sellers. The Dalai Lama has received the Nobel Peace Prize and has met and is respected by m ost of the w orld’s major religious and secular leaders. The communist Chinese regime has still refused to recognize him or his people’s right to self-determination, and it still succeeds in getting other governments to ig­ nore the reality of Tibet as the price of trade relations with China.

In 1652 an alliance was formed between the M anchu Shun Chih emperor and the Great Fifth. The Manchus recognized the Dalai Lam a’s secular authority over Tibet and his spiritual authority over the world as they knew it. The Dalai Lama recognized the M anchus as legiti­ mate rulers of M anchuria and China and as international protectors of the Buddhist Dharm a, its practitioners and institutions in Tibet and Mongolia. The bottom line was that the Dalai Lama agreed to encourage the M ongols to practice Buddhism, and the M anchus agreed to protect the peace for the demilitarized Buddhist societies.

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