Tibetan Buddhism

  • The Council of Lhasa (792-794 CE) Paid Member

    The Council of Lhasa did not take place in Lhasa, but rather at the Samye monastery, which is located 3-1/2 hours away from Lhasa by bus these days. Samye is said to be the oldest monastery in Tibet, built in the middle of the 8th century at the request of King Trisong Detsen (one of the three Dharma Kings of Tibet) with the help of Padmasambhava, who brought to the local spirits to heel, and the scholar-monk Shantarakshita. The grounds at Samye are laid out in a mandala pattern and the main building is said to be based on Odantapuri, one of the great Buddhist universities of India, now destroyed (Odantapuri's high walls caused it to be mistaken for a fortress by the general Khalji, who conquered Bihar and Bengal at the end of the 12th century. Though if it had low walls, he might have knocked them down too.) More »
  • The Dalai Lama wants to step down from his political role but keep his religious one Paid Member

    The Tibetan parliament-in-exile next meets in March in Dharamsala, and the Dalai Lama is expected to announce his desire to resign from his political duties as head of the Tibetan government while retaining his religious ones at that time. (In religious terms, the Dalai Lama is not the highest-ranking lama in Tibetan Buddhism, nor is he even the head of the Gelugpa school of which he is a part. That responsibility falls to the Ganden Tripa.) More »
  • Week 4 of Reggie Ray's Tricycle Retreat, "Touching Enlightenment" Paid Member

    It's the fourth and final week of Reginald Ray's Tricycle Retreat, "Touching Enlightenment." Take a look at his fourth teaching here: For the full retreat experience, you'll need to be a Tricycle Community Supporting or Sustaining Member. More »
  • Rebel Buddha in NYC Paid Member

    Our good friend Shane Michael Manieri does a bang-up job blogging about Rebel Buddha over at the Rebel Buddha site. Stop by to read the latest on the Buddhist book that's sweeping the nation! He wrote about the recent New York City event featuring Dzogchen Ponlop Rinpoche, Pat Enkyo O'Hara Roshi, Ethan Nichtern, and Mitra Mark Power. Read his write-up here, and discuss Rebel Buddha here. More »
  • Rebel Buddha—Teacher as CEO Paid Member

    During the month of November, the Tricycle Book Club is discussing Dzogchen Ponlop Rinpoche's Rebel Buddha! Look for daily excerpts from the book on the Tricycle Blog to inspire the conversation, which is happening here. From Rebel Buddha: More »
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    Padmasambhava and the Felicity Scarf Paid Member

    There is a story told of Padmasambhava, the famous Indian teacher, who more than any other was responsible for bringing Buddhism to Tibet over twelve hundred years ago. It is said that the Tibetan king, who was not a Buddhist, deeply resented the reverence and honor the people were showing to the great Indian teacher Padmasambhava. Indeed, it seemed to him that the people revered Padmasambhava more than they did their own king! So the king decided to make sure that when the great teacher visited him, all the country's leaders would see this man, whom they honored so much, pay homage to their king. More »