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Avalokiteśvara

Avalokiteśvara  

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(Skt.; Tib., spyan-ras-gzigs; Chin, Kuan-yin; Jap., Kannon or Kwannon).One of the eight great Bodhisattvas.and one whose activities especially involve the active practice of compassion (karuṇā) in ...
Buddhism

Buddhism  

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Western term which became established in popular usage in the 1830s to refer to the teachings of the Buddha. There is no direct equivalent for this term in Sanskrit or Pāli. Instead, indigenous ...
Buddhist schools

Buddhist schools  

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(sometimes referred to as ‘sects’).These are felt by Buddhists to be primarily a matter of lineage more than credal confession. A Buddhist is a Bauddha (Skt., ‘Follower of Buddha’) ...
Buddhist Society

Buddhist Society  

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The Buddhist Society of Great Britain and Ireland with its headquarters in London is the oldest Buddhist organisation in Europe. The Society was founded in 1907 under the presidency of T. W. Rhys ...
Eclectic Movement

Eclectic Movement  

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(Tib., ris-med).The revolutionary movement that began in eastern Tibet during the late 18th century which, as its Tibetan name suggests, was ‘unbiased’ in its approach to all religious schools and ...
Emanation

Emanation  

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Expressions of power or wisdom from a higher being, making connection between an uninvolved or uncontaminated source, and imperfect (because contingent) appearance. Emanations are characteristically ...
Geluk

Geluk  

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(Tib., dge-lugs).The largest of the four main orders of Tibetan Buddhism.and that to which the Dalai Lamas belong. Founded by Tsongkhapa in the 14th century, the school became dominant in the 17th ...
Jonangpa

Jonangpa  

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(Tib., jo nang pa).The Tibetan Buddhist school expounding the view of extrinsic emptiness, which was founded by Yumo Mikyo Dorje (Tib., Yu-mo mi-bskyod rdo-rje) in the 11th century, named after the ...
Kālacakra

Kālacakra  

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(Tib., dus.kyi.ʾkhor.lo, ‘Wheel of Time’).Perhaps the most revered tantra in Tibetan Buddhism, which in addition to yogic teachings involves an esoteric world history and eschatology. The ...
Kum-bum

Kum-bum  

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(Tib., sku-'bum).An important monastery (vihāra) of the Gelukpa school situated in the district of Tsongkha in present-day Ch'ing hai province. It was founded in 1588 at the birthplace of Tsongkhapa, ...
Kün Dün

Kün Dün  

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(Tib., Kun ‘dun).Name by which the Tibetans commonly refer to the Dalai Lama. It means ‘the presence.’ An alternative appellation is Gyelwa Rinpoche (Tib., rgyal ba rin po che), meaning ‘precious ...
lama

lama  

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An honorific title applied to a spiritual leader in Tibetan Buddhism, whether a reincarnate lama (such as the Dalai Lama) or one who has earned the title in life.
Lhasa

Lhasa  

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The capital of Tibet.sited on a tributary of the Brahmaputra river, possibly founded during the 7th century ce reign of Songtsen Gampo (Tib., Srong-btsan sgampo) who is credited with constructing a ...
Mongolia

Mongolia  

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A country in central Asia, bordered by Siberia, Russia on the north and China on the south. It was formerly known as Outer Mongolia (Inner Mongolia is now an autonomous region of ...
Nechung Chöje

Nechung Chöje  

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(Tib., gnas chung chos rje).A deity who guides the government and political leaders of Tibet by providing advice through the medium of an oracle. He is consulted on important matters of state and ...
Panchen Lama

Panchen Lama  

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A Tibetan lama ranking next after the Dalai Lama. The name comes from Tibetan panchen, abbreviation of pandi-tachen-po ‘great learned one’. The Panchen Lama identifies the new Dalai Lama.
ʾPhags-pa Blo-gros-rgyal-mtshan

ʾPhags-pa Blo-gros-rgyal-mtshan  

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(c.1235–80). One of the five leading figures of the Sa-skya order of Tibetan Buddhism. He was a prolific author who addressed a wide range of topics, engaging also in correspondence ...
Potala

Potala  

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The former residential palace of the Dalai Lamas in Lhasa. The palace was constructed by Dalai Lama V from 1645 onwards on the site of an older palace built by the early Tibetan Dharma king, Songtsen ...
rinpoche

rinpoche  

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A Tibetan title of respect usually reserved for tülkus. The term means ‘precious guru’.
Songs of the Sixth Dalai Lama

Songs of the Sixth Dalai Lama  

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The popular short collection of secular poem-songs composed by the controversial and tragic Dalai Lama VI, Tshangyang Gyatsho (Tib., Tshang-dbyangs rgya-mtsho, 1683–1706). Though the theme of many of ...

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