First offering festival in Tibet

Fire Offering Ritual in Kubmum Monastery, Amdo Tibet

General info about Tibetan Buddhism

The historically the Buddha was born as an ordinary person like ourselves. He was brought up as a prince, married and had a son. Then, after observing the suffering of human beings, aging, sickness, and death, he totally renounced the worldly way of life. He underwent severe physical penances and with great effort undertook long meditation, eventually becoming completely enlightened.

Tibet was the last major culture in Asia to receive the Dharma directly from India. Due to its own phase of cultural development at the time, Tibet itself was unusually receptive to Indian influence. When Buddhism crossed from India into Tibet in the 7th century CE, all the major streams of Buddhist thought and practice in India were flowing openly. Tibet thus became heir to the full range of Indian Buddhist traditions, and made Mūlasarvāstivāda monasticism the basis for their conduct, Mahāyāna the basis for their view, and tantra the basis for meditative practice. As Tibetans assimilated this vast array of transformative wisdom, virtually every aspect of their culture would be indelibly marked by Indian Buddhism—from medicine to art to politics to literature. More …

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Tibet Yoga Tour

Tibet’s Greatest Yogi Milarepa

The Story of Tibet’s Greatest Yogi Milarepa

Throughout the history of Buddhism there have been many practitioners for whom the communal life of a monk has come to seen as an obstacle to their spiritual goals. Leaving the security of the monastery behind, they have often ventured into the wilderness, taking up an abode in remote locations where they can remain in self-imposed isolation. In doing so, these practitioners aim to sever the ties that bind them to the realm of samsara and achieve the final insight which leads to liberation from all suffering.  Such spiritual adepts are called yogis.

In contrast to the uniform appearance of monks, the yogi is not bound by the common requirements of monastic discipline. Some grow their hair long. Others may even discard the maroon coloured robes of a monk.  Read More …