• Mandala

    Tibetan mandala.

    MandalasThe Tibetan mandala is a tool for gaining wisdom and compassion and generally is depicted as a tightly balanced, geometric composition wherein deities reside. The principal deity is housed in the center. The mandala serves as a tool for guiding individuals along the path to enlightenment. Monks meditate upon the mandala, imagining it as a three-dimensional palace. The deities who reside in the palace embody philosophical views and serve as role models. The mandala’s purpose is to help transform ordinary minds into enlightened ones.  The Sand MandalaMandalas constructed from sand are unique to Tibetan Buddhism and are believed to effect purification and healing. Typically, a great teacher chooses the specific…

  • Namkha

    Namkha (sky)

    Namkha is an ancient, pre-Buddhist tradition practised in Bön. Bön was a shamanistic tradition prevalent in Tibet before Yungdrung Bon was introduced from Zhang Zhung before B.C to Tibet. Since then, Bön has been suppressed and largely incorporated into philosophy. however, there has been a revival of Bön, which had in turn incorporated many in Yungdrung Bon and Buddhist aspects, in order to survive and thrive. Namkha is one of the Bön rituals that were incorporated into Buddhism. The Tibetan word namkha (sky) itself is quintessentially Bön – the sky being a Bön hallmark. When Padmasambhava was introducing Buddhism in Tibet, he actually used a namkha as part of a…

  • Astrology

    Tibetan Bon astrology

    Tibetan Astrology is an important part of Tibetan culture. It is interwoven into daily life and provides guidance for major decisions. It is also the complement to Tibetan Medicine; astrology provides the wisdom, while medicine provides the method. Tibetans have used astrology for thousands of years as a tool to better understand both themselves—including their health and fortune—as well as external factors in their lives. Tibetan Astrology functions on the principle of interdependent logic. Nothing in this universe functions independently. We exist 100% in interdependence. This means that things are not random. From one thing, it is possible to discover everything. Generally, the basis of Tibetan Astrology is the five…

  • Caligraphy

    Tibetan caligraphy

    Tibetan calligraphy and the Tibetan language2 The Tibetan alphabet has 30 characters or letters and four vowels.  Like English, it is written from left to right in horizontal lines. The origins of Tibetan as a written language date back to the at-lest three thousand years back. Today we have all the teaching of Buddha Tonpa shenrab about 174 volums(Bonpo Kagurs) and (Bonpo Ten Jurs) commentaries almost 400 volums in Bon tradition. Then (Bende Kajurs ) or Buddha shakya mune teaching has 107 volums (Tenjurs) or comentaries has more than 1000 Volums all of them available to Tibetans. Buddhism plays a central role in Tibetan culture. This is true for Tibetan…