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Religion in Tibet

Religion in Tibet, Since from the Buddhism origination in Tibet, it encountered various impress in different period of time and that gave rise to the present Tibetan Buddhism, which distinct from its origin Indian and other Asian counterparts, and Tibetan Bon religion has testified one that influenced the most, arguably the prayer flags and burning incense are passed from Bon. Not only the external influences, also the rising of Buddhist scholars within Tibet has contribute for the development of Buddhism and it gradually evolved into four different sects in different period, which are Nyinmapa founded by Guru Padmasambhava, Kadam founded by Atisha and his Tibetan disciple Dromtonpa, this is later converted into Gelug, Kargyu founded by Marpa Lozawa and Kyungpo Nyaljor, Sakya founded by Khon Konchok Gyalpo and Gelug founded by Je Tsongkhapa.

Religion Sects

Tibetan Mask for religious Dance - Chäm

Kagyu sect

Master Marba Lotsawa founded the Kagyu Sect in the middle of 11th century. Kagyu means Lineage of the (Buddha’s) Word. This is an oral tradition which is very much concerned with the experiential dimension of...
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Sakya Monastery - built in early 11th Century

Sakya Sect

Tibetan Buddhism, In 1073 BC, Tibetan Lama Kongchog Gyalpo built Sakya Monastery and advocated his own Esoteric disciplines and called it “Sakya Sect”. Enclosures around the Sakya monasteries are painted with red, white and black...
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Tashi Lhunpo Monk Prayer

Geluk Sect

Originating in 1409, the Geluk Sect, the latest sect of Tibetan Buddhism, is formed during the process of the Reformation held by Je Tsongkhapa, a famous reformer in the history of Tibetan Buddhism in the...
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Cham dance - Religious dance

Nyingma Sect

Nyingma sect is Tradition based on old transmission of Buddhism, which mainly based on Berozana’s translation of Indian buddhist text. As system of Esoteric Sect, it is known as Sang Nga Nyingma. Its doctrine was...
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Bon - Tibetan Traditional religion

Bon Sect

The Bön teachings were by now well established in Zhang-Zhung. Zhang-Zhung was an independent state with its own language, literature, and culture. It was divided into three sections referred to as the “Three Doors”: inner...
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Buddhist Wheel of Life

Whoever has visited a Tibetan Buddhist monastery, no matter if in Ladakh, Tibet or Bhutan, has also probably noticed, usually at the entrance of the temple, a drawing of the...
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Eight auspicious Symbols

The symbol can be found in the art of most schools of Buddhism, especially in Tibetan Buddhism. Origins The eight auspicious symbols of Buddhism originated in Indian iconography. In ancient...
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pehar gyalpo - Nechung oracle

Pehar Gyalpo

According to some Tibetan sources, Emperor Trisong Detsen launched a campaign against the Bhata Hor in the Lake Baikal region in order to bring the protector Pehar Gyalpo to Tibet....
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Jowo - 12 year old statue of Buddha in Jokhang temple


As onLiving Buddhase of the primary characteristics of Tibetan religion, the reincarnation system for the Living Buddhas is based on the theory of the reincarnation of the soul, and was...
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Tibetan old women turning prayer wheel

Buddha & Buddhism

“You will not be punished for your anger; you will be punished by your anger”—Quoted by Buddh It was more than 2500 years ago, Buddha was born as prince of...
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Tibetan Buddhism

Buddhism emergence in Tibet was much paradoxical, but in many reference it said the first official introduction of a Buddhist scripture into Tibet happened during reign of 28th Yarlung king...
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butter sculpture

Tibetan Religion

Long before, Buddhism came into Tibet, Tibetans followed the Local Bon religion, a type of Shamanism. which brought from Shang-shung kingdom, Present day Ngari Prefecture. About Bon religion see here...
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Lord shenreb miwoche

Lord Shenrab Miwoche

Founder of Yungdrung Bon-Tonpa Shenrab Miwoche According to the Bön religion, about 18,000 years ago, Lord Shenrab Miwoche (Founder of Bon and Great Man of the Shen Tribe) was born...
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Skeleton dance during special festivals

Bon Spirituality

Bon spirituality  has gone through three distinct phased which includes old Bon, Yungdrung Bon, and New Bon. Yungdrung doctrine, or otherwise known as Eternal Bon, is dedicated to perpetuating the...
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