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The Ashtamangala - The Eight Auspicious Symbols of Tibetan Buddhism - Insight state
The Ashtamangala – The Eight Auspicious Symbols of Tibetan Buddhism
Tibetan Buddhist Tantric Art
The union of male and female (yam-yum) is prevalent in Tibetan Buddhist Tantric iconography. In this thangka painting of Vajrasattva with consort the center of the mandala is taken by a object called Vajra that Vajrasattva holds with his right hand. The Vajra, initially well-known as the sceptre of Indra, it came to assume tremendous importance in Tantric philosophy and symbolism. In Tibetan Buddhism is symbol of the indestructible nature of the ultimate truth.
Buddhist Goddess Green Tara
Goddess of Compassion - One Who Saves. Diamonds are Her Sacred Stone. Tara or Arya Tara, also known as Jetsun Dolma, is a female Bodhisattva typically associated with Tibetan Buddhism. She is the "mother of liberation", and represents the virtues of success in work and achievements.
Schools of Tibetan Buddhism
Tibetan Buddhism has developed into six distinctive major traditions - Nyingma, Kagyu, Sakya, Gelug, Jonang, and Bonpo. Here is a brief explanation of each.
Free Online Course: Robert Thurman’s Introduction to Tibetan Buddhism (Recorded at Columbia U)
Today you can be a fly on the wall at Columbia University, and listen to Robert Thurman’s lectures on The Central Philosophy of Tibet.
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