Even though from the word Tibetan Buddhism one might get the idea that people of Tibet following Buddhism which is same sect being followed in other parts of the world like China and India; then probably you are wrong. Tibetan Buddhism has the fundamental difference than sect Buddhism followed in other parts.
Origin Of Tibetan Buddhism
- The origin of Tibet Buddhism no doubt is from Tibet a part of China.
- It was influenced there by the Buddhist princesses who got married to king Gampo. As a gesture to his wives king Gampo constructed first Buddhist temple in Tibet in order to spread the religion of his wives among his own people.
- However it took time and in the eighth century when King TrisongDesten ruled Tibet Buddhism became the principle religion of this land. He invited great masters of Buddhism from India to make the religion popular among people of Tibet.
- Guru Padmasambhav, Shatrakshita and Vimalamitra are the prominent among them. Guru Padmasambhava is considered as second Budda among Tibetan.
- The four schools were established to teach the Buddhism to the people of Tibet, which are Nyingma,
- Kagyu, Sakya and Gelug. Each school works with the sole aim of enlightening the soul of every person.
- In Buddhism enlightenment means bringing or achieving inner peace and rising above wisdom and getting free from human suffering.
Characteristics Of Tibetan Buddhism?
- Each sect of Buddhism follows the same theme but differ the way to attain enlightenment. Now the question comes what is Tibetan Buddhism.
- It is a form of Buddhism that promotes the simple following of Lord Buddha in the form of caring, sympathy and sensitivity which is the principle teaching of Buddhism.
- It is unique in the sense that it carries a variety of prayer items in the process of meditation. One such example is prayer wheel.
- There are some more peripheral items added in the prayer process to create interest in the minds of people who show interest in Tibetan Buddhism.
- Such items do reflect the rich traditional essence of Tibetan culture and religious worship. For the convenience of those who are not aware of what this prayer wheel is. It is cylinder made mostly from wood or metal hiving mantras drawn on the exterior of spinning wheel.
- As the wheel is spun the printed prayers travel through the axel of spinning wheel and spread the prayer words in the atmosphere.
- There is phrase attributed to Buddha mentioning turning “the wheels of the dharma” basing upon this prayer wheels are developed to teach and spread the beliefs and teaching of Buddhism through the spinning wheel, it also symbolizes the human body.
- Some prayer wheels do integrate sound vibrations as a means of spreading mantras, the resounding of vibrations are intended to tune into the meridian points of the body to energies the chakra.
- The Tibetan Buddhism was confined to Tibet until china evaded and occupied Tibet in 1959. After this it was spread to the west also and today many people of West are showing great interest in the Buddhism.