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  1. Chenrezig Screensavers (
      Provides pictures, screensavers, and more related to Chenrezig. 8-04

  2. Tibetan Buddhism Software (Tibetan Clipart)
      Provides screensavers, Web page corners, and other software for persons interested in Tibetan Buddhism.

  1. Bon Religion (
      Describes Tibet's ancient religion and provides biographical information about current teachers. Bon came before Buddhism. 9-02

  2. Congress to Give the Dalai Lama a Gold Medal (Christian Science Monitor)
      "But on Oct. 18 congressional leaders will present him with the Congressional Gold Medal, the highest civilian honor lawmakers can award. And Bush will attend the ceremony – subtly raising the Dalai Lama's status in terms of diplomatic protocol."

      "The importance of the move can be seen by the reaction of Chinese officials, who see Tibet as a renegade province. They're furious." 10-07

  3. Dalai Lama Debates at Harvard (
      "The Dalai Lama is a lot more playful than your average Harvard professor, which is one reason his appearance at a Harvard psychology conference on Friday was so entertaining." 05-09

  4. Dalai Lama Rethinks Succession (
      ""If the Tibetan people want to keep the Dalai Lama system, one of the possibilities I have been considering with my aides is to select the next Dalai Lama while I'm alive," he told the Sankei Shimbun in an interview published November 21st. That could mean either some kind of democratic election among senior Buddhist monks or a personal selection by the current Dalai Lama himself, who is the 14th of the line. For 13 successive incarnations, monks have fanned out across Tibet with relics of the deceased Dalai Lama to try and find his next incarnation — a boy who recognized the objects and thus signaled that the Dalai's soul had passed into a new earthly envelope." 11-07

  5. Dalai Lama to Give Up Ceremonial Role (MSNBC News)
      "The 75-year-old Dalai Lama is the leader of the Gelugpa (Yellow Hat) branch of Tibetan Buddhism. He led Tibet’s government until he fled his homeland in 1959, nine years after the Chinese People’s Liberation Army marched into the region. Then he became the head of the Tibetan government-in-exile in Dharamsala, northern India."

      "The duties the Dalai Lama is seeking to give up include addressing the Tibetan parliament-in-exile and signing resolutions. He’s expected to bring up the issue at the parliament’s next session in March."

      "Without the current Dalai Lama to unify the community, senior members of the Tibetan exile community are concerned about their future." 11-10

  6. Dalai Lama's Succession (
      "The buzz among the delegates is the idea that it is possible to know the reincarnation of a senior lama while he is still alive. The Dalai Lama mentioned it recently, stirring up hopes that he would name a direct successor, as well as a fair bit of theological head-scratching. 'It's something about the body, mind and spirit being split in two,' one delegate told me." 11-08

  7. Final Words of Padmasambhava (
      "Lady Tsogyal of Kharchen served the nirmanakaya Orgyen Padmakara from her eighth year, accompanying him like a shadow follows a body. When the master was about to leave Tibet for the land of the rakshas, I, Lady Kharchen, having offered a mandala of gold and turquoise and having arranged a tantric feast, a wheel of gathering, implored:"

      "Great master! You are leaving to tame the rakshas. I am left behind here in Tibet. Although I have served you for a long time, master, this old woman has no confidence about the time of death. So I beseech you to kindly give me an instruction condensing all teachings into one, which is concise and easy to practice."

  8. Interview With the Dalai Lama (
      "The Dalai Lama is perhaps one of the most in-demand personalities in the world." 02-07

  9. Kagyu Lineage (Kagyu Trust)
      Provides a history of the Karma Kagyu lineage, including the Karmapas.

  10. Karma Kagyu Lineage (Karmapa Trust)
      Provides information about Karma Kagyu teachers and study groups world wide.

  11. Kenchen Thrangur Rinpoche (
      Provides a picture of Rinpoche and a biography.

  12. Khenpo Karthar Rinpoche (
      Provides a picture of Rinpoche and a biography.

  13. Khenpo Karthar Rinpoche (Karma Triyana Dharmachakra)
      Includes a biography and a picture.

  14. Khenpo Karthar Rinpoche Teachings (Karma Triyana Dharmachakra)
      Includes Tibetan Buddhist teachings.

  15. New Leader for Tibet in Exile? (
      “ 'Tibetans need a leader, elected freely by the Tibetan people, to whom I can devolve power,' said the Dalai Lama in a statement from his headquarters in exile in Dharamsala, India. 'My desire to devolve authority has nothing to do with a wish to shirk responsibility. It is to benefit Tibetans in the long run.' ” 03-11

  16. New Political Leader for Tibet in Exile (
      “Lobsang Sangay, a 43-year-old Indian-born legal scholar educated at Harvard, was elected prime minister of the Tibetan government in exile after claiming 55% of votes cast by the Tibetan exile diaspora. His victory comes on the heels of the Dalai Lama's announced departure from political life — a move that marks a new phase in the history of the Tibetan exiles' struggle with China.” 04-11

  17. Padmasambhava (
      "A number of legends have grown around Padmasambhava's life and deeds, and he is widely venerated as a "second Buddha" by adherents of Tibetan Buddhism in Tibet, Nepal, Bhutan, the Himalayan states of India, and elsewhere.[3][4]"

      "In Tibetan Buddhism, he is a character of a genre of literature called terma,[2] an emanation of Amitabha that is said to appear to tertöns in visionary encounters and a focus of guru yoga practice, particularly in the Rimé schools. The Nyingma school considers Padmasambhava to be a founder of their tradition."

  18. Sand Paintings (CNN News)
      "It took six days for a group of Buddhist monks to create an extravagant sand mandala at Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia." 05-10

  19. Tibetan Buddhist Art (
      Provides paintings, blockprints, and sculptures. 12-04

  20. Tibetan to English Translation Tool (
      Translates words from Tibetan to English

  21. Tibetan to English Translation: Wylie Transliteration (
      "Any Tibetan language romanization scheme is faced with a dilemma: should it seek to accurately reproduce the sounds of spoken Tibetan, or the spelling of written Tibetan? These differ widely as Tibetan orthography became fixed in the 11th century, while pronunciation continued to evolve, comparable to the English orthography and French orthography, which reflect Late Medieval pronunciation."

      "Previous transcription schemes sought to split the difference with the result that they achieved neither goal perfectly. Wylie transliteration was designed to precisely transcribe Tibetan script as written, which led to its acceptance in academic and historical studies. It is not intended to represent the pronunciation of Tibetan words." 10-14

  22. Yeshe Tsogyal (Lion's
      "Yeshe Tsogyal is the preeminent lady of Tibetan Buddhism. While most—if not all—of what we know about her life is highly mythologized, she is revered by Tibetans as a foremost disciple and consort of Padmasambhava, the eighth-century tantric master credited with a seminal role in establishing Buddhism in Tibet. Yeshe Tsogyal is also celebrated for transcribing Padmasambhava’s teachings and concealing them as treasures across the Tibetan and Himalayan landscape, to be revealed by successive tertöns, or 'treasure revealers,' during times of strife."

Purchase Resources
  1. Meditation Cushions (Namse Bangdzo)
      Sells gomdens and zafus. Also has malas, counters, prayerflags, offering bowls, incense, thangkas, and more. 2-06

  2. Meditation Cushions (Samadhi)
      Sells gomdens, zabutons, and zafus. Also provides a cushion guide to help you decide which height you need. 3-00

  1. Bokar Rinpoche (
      Includes a biography and a picture. He passed away on August 17, 2004. 8-04

  2. HH Karmapa and Karma Kagyu Teachers (Karma Triyana Dharmachakra)
  3. Kagyu Lineage (
      Provides the history of the Kagyu tradition.

  4. Karma Kagyu Home Page (Karma Triyana Dharmachakra)
  5. Karma Kagyu Lineage (Karma Triyana Dharmachakra)
  6. Karma Kagyu Lineage Study Groups (Karma Triyana Dharmachakra)
      Provides information about study groups and centers, Karma Thegsum Cholings, in the United States.

  7. Karma Pakshi (
      Provides a biography of the second Karmapa, Karma Pakshi.

  8. Karmapa - Seventeenth (Karma Triyana Dharmachakra)
      Provides a biography, information on the prediction letter, and other information on the life of His Holiness, the 17th Karmapa, head of the Karma Kagyu lineage. 1-06

  9. Mikyo Dorje (
      Provides a biography of the eighth Karmapa, Mikyo Dorje.

  10. Nagarjuna (Internet Encyclopedia of Philosophy)
      Provides a biography and a summary of teachings. Although Nagarjuna was Indian, he heavily influenced Tibetan Buddhism.

      "Often referred to as 'the second Buddha' by Tibetan and East Asian Mahayana (Great Vehicle) traditions of Buddhism, Nagarjuna proffered trenchant criticisms of Brahminical and Buddhist substantialist philosophy, theory of knowledge and approaches to practice. Nagarjuna’s central concept of the 'emptiness (sunyata) of all things (dharmas),' which pointed to the incessantly changing and so never fixed nature of all phenomena, served as much as the terminological prop of subsequent Buddhist philosophical thinking as the vexation of opposed Vedic systems. The concept had fundamental implications for Indian philosophical models of causation, substance ontology, epistemology, conceptualizations of language, ethics and theories of world-liberating salvation, and proved seminal even for Buddhist philosophies in India, Tibet, China and Japan very different from Nagarjuna’s own. Indeed it would not be an overstatement to say that Nagarjuna’s innovative concept of emptiness, though it was hermeneutically appropriated in many different ways by subsequent philosophers in both South and East Asia, was to profoundly influence the character of Buddhist thought." 12-04

  11. Pema Chodron (Karma Triyana Dharmachakra)
      Includes a biography and a picture. 09-10

  12. Tibetan Buddhist Lineages (
      Provides short biographical information about current teachers of the four Buddhist lineages and the ancient Bon tradition. Bon came before Buddhism. 9-02

  13. Tibetan Buddhist Teachers - Karma Kagyu (
      Provides biographies of the Karmapas and lineage holders. Includes a biography of the first Karmapa, Dusum Khyenpa, on this page.

  1. Basic Teachings (Karma Triyana Dharmachakra)
      Provides the basic teachings of Tibetan Buddhism, including reasons for meditation, how to meditate and more.

  2. Book of the Dead (Evans-Wentz)
      Provides the practice for the benefit of those who have just died.

  3. Book of the Dead (
      Provides the practice for the benefit of those who have just died.

  4. Book of the Dead (
      Describes the different states of mind that occur after death, according to Tibetan Buddhist teachings. 6-04

  5. Book of the Dead (University of Virginia)
      Discusses the practice for the benefit of those who have just died.

  6. Shamatha Meditation (Ven. Thrangu Rinpoche)
      Discusses the seven points of mind training, how to start meditation practice, and how to prepare for meditation. Rinpoche follows the Kagyu tradition and has been recognized as a master by H.H. Karmapa, head of the lineage. Sometimes visitors spell as Shamata or call meditation Vipassana.

  7. Tonglen (
      Provides commentary from teachers regarding the text, The Great Path of Awakening, by Jamgyon Kongtrul. 11-05


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