History

As a 2,500-year old religion, Buddhism has a rich and diverse past
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    The Death of the Dharma: A Prophecy Paid Member

    As far back as our sources can take us, Buddhism has taught that all things that emerge in time and consist of separate components (in technical terms, all “conditioned” phenomena) are subject to eventual destruction. And with remarkable consistency, Buddhists have applied this general theory not only to mundane things but even to the duration of their own religion. Within a century or two after the death of the Buddha, detailed accounts began to emerge predicting not only the eventual “death of the dharma” but also the cause and the approximate time of its destruction. Some of the accounts grew into full-fledged prophecies, of which the story found in the text translated here (a ninth-century Tibetan text) became one of the most influential. More »
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    Buddhism in the Baca Grande Paid Member

    On a glorious July morning in the Sangre de Cristo Mountains, a crowd made its way through crystalline air along a dirt road festooned with prayer flags towards the Tashi Gomang Stupa. Carmelite monks walked alongside devotees of a local ashram, Buddhist practitioners of various lineages among local farmers and ranchers, New Agers and the merely curious. For weeks Tibetan lamas had been gathering to prepare for this day, the birthday of His Holiness the Dalai Lama, when the forty-one-foot-high stupa would be consecrated. Above the stupa and to the east rose the fourteen thousand-foot-high snow peaks of the Sangres, to the west the view stretched forty miles across the San Luis Valley to the San Juan mountain range. To the south, towering over the Great Sand Dunes National Monument, rose Mount Blanca, known as Sis-na-jin to the Navajo and to the Hopi, the Sacred Mountain of the East. Visiting Tibetans remarked on how much the scenery reminded them of their own homeland. More »
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    A River Runs Through It Paid Member

    From its headwaters north of Crestone, Colorado south to Albuquerque, New Mexico, the northern Rio Grande region is becoming home to a distinctly southwestern Buddhism.Drumbeats pierce the quiet of first light as fires appear at the top of a low mesa that hangs over the eastern edge of the pueblo of Jemez. The pink and yellow hues of the canyon are softened by the haze from the bonfires that line the roads winding between low adobe houses in the village. The people of the pueblo welcome Christmas morning as they have for as long as they have farmed corn along the river and hunted deer in the mountains. More »
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    The Five Houses of Zen Paid Member

    The Five Houses of ZenTranslated by Thomas ClearyShambhala Publications, Inc.: Boston, 1997.208 pp., $12.00 (paper) More »
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    A Guide to the Bodhisattva Way of Life Paid Member

    A Guide to the Bodhisattva Way of LifeShantidevaTranslated from the Sanskrit and Tibetan by Vesna A. Wallace and B. Alan WallaceSnow Lion Publications: Ithaca, 1997.$12.95 The Way of the BodhisattvaShantidevaTranslated from the Tibetan by the Padmakara Translation Group,with a Foreword by the Dalai LamaShambhala Publications: Boston, 1997.$14.00 More »
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    The Masters Of Meditation And Miracles: The Longchen Nyingthig Lineage Of Tibetan Buddhism Paid Member

    The Masters of Meditation and Miracles: The Longchen Nyingthig Lineage of Tibetan BuddhismTulku ThondupEdited by Harold TalbottShambhala Publications: Boston, 1996.383 pp., $35 (cloth). The Longchen Nyingthig lineage of Tibetan Buddhism is said to have originated with the primordial Buddha Samantabhadra. But the first master of these teachings was Garab Dorje. Born in the Swat Valley in present-day Pakistan, shortly after the death of Shakyamuni Buddha, Garab Dorje was the first human to receive the Dzog Chen (Great Perfect ion) teachings. Longchen means "great vastness," Nyingthig means the "heart" or "innermost essence,” and the Longchen Nyingthig is the absolute nature of mind, arising as teachings. More »