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Vajrayana (Tantric) Buddhism Vajrayana Buddhism fast facts and introduction

(Sanskrit, "Diamond Vehicle" or "Thunderbolt Vehicle") The Tantric branch of Buddhism, which includes Tibetan Buddhism.

  • History of Tibetan Buddhism

    The Tibetan expression of Buddhism (sometimes called Lamaism) developed in Tibet and the surrounding Himalayan region beginning in the 7th century CE... full article →
  • Sacred Texts of Tibetan Buddhism

    Between the 11th and 14th centuries, the Tibetans translated every available Buddhist text into Tibetan. Today, many Buddhist works that have been lost in their original Sanskrit survive only in Tibetan translation... full article →
  • Tibetan Buddhist Beliefs

    In common with Mahayana schools, Tibetan Buddhism includes a pantheon of Buddhas, bodhisattvas, and Dharma protectors. Arya-bodhisattvas are able to escape the cycle of death and rebirth but compassionately choose to remain in this world to assist others in reaching nirvana or buddhahood... full article →
  • Tibetan Buddhist Rituals and Practices

    Non-initiates in Tibetan Buddhism may gain merit by performing rituals such as food and flower offerings, water offerings (performed with a set of bowls), religious pilgrimages, or chanting prayers (see prayer wheels)... full article →