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Buddhism in Tibet

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Buddhism is different form of tradition, beliefs and religious as well as spiritual practices and techniques based on the principal teachings of Lord Buddha. Buddhism is considered as the symbol of peace among all the religion and there are number of various Buddhist tradition based on the tradition of country, beliefs and spiritual practices and influence of great Buddhist master. Some of the popular form of Buddhism are Mahayana Buddhism, Theravada Buddhism, Vajrayana Buddhism, Pure Land Buddhism, Buddhism in Nepal, Tibetan Buddhism, Chan Buddhism, Zen Buddhism etc. Even though the final goal of each and every form of Buddhism is to attained Nirvana as Lord Buddha attained , but the Buddhist practices, influence of Buddhist masters makes difference among these Buddhism traditions.

Tibetan monk

Tibetan Buddhism is also one of the most popular Buddhist tradition in South Asian Countries and Western Countries. Basically Tibetan Buddhism is another form of Buddhist tradition taken from the Vajrayana Buddhism. One of the key features of Tibetan Buddhism is its rich iconography and mythology. Since Tibet is a secluded region in China, this Buddhist tradition had not been introduced to the outside world for many centuries. One other important reason for such popularity of Tibetan Buddhism is due to the popularity of 14th Dalai Lama in the whole world after being exiled from Tibet to India.

History of Buddhism in Tibet

It is believed that Tibetan Buddhism was derived from Indian Buddhism that entered in Tibet many centuries ago. Another factors that helped in the development of Tibetan Buddhism to its heights was due to the Licchavi Princess Bhrikuti Devi who was the first wife of Songtsan Gampo, the earliest Emperor of Tibet. According to the Tibetan Buddhist traditions, Bhrikuti Devi was devout Buddhist and when married with Emperor, she brought many Nepali Buddha statues, Buddha images, sacred Buddhist sculptures made by expert and skilled craftsmen and group of Newar craftsmen with her dowry. In Tibetan Buddhist tradition, there is a quote for the honor of Bhrikuti.

buddhism in tibet

"Then during the reign of bTsan po Khri Srong btsan, after his marriage with Khri btsun, the daughter of the king of Nepal, the temple (gtsug lag khang) of Ra sa [Lhasa] Pe har gling was built. Furthermore, the construction of the forty-two temples of the Ru bzhi was requested and the Brag lha [temple] was built. 'Thon mi gSam po ra was sent by royal order [to India] in order to get the Indian doctrine and the model of the alphabet (yi ge'i dpe). . . ."

It is also believed that the tradition and quality of Tibetan Buddha statues came to such beauty with the help of such skilled Newar craftsmen and Nepali Buddha statues. Nepal Tibet Buddha statues hold quite importance in the Buddhist tradition and is popular in many Western Countries. Jokhang Temple of Tibet is one of the important Buddhist temples in Tibet and the main reason of its establishment was to become place where all the Nepali Buddha statues as well Chinese Buddha statues, Buddha images that both wife of Emperor Songtsan Gampo brought as a dowry.

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Schools of Tibetan Buddhism

The Four Buddhist Schools in Tibet are some of the important Buddhist schools that provide teachings of Buddha according to different beliefs, practices and experienced gained by different Buddhist masters. These four Buddhist schools are:

  1. Nyingma Buddhist School
  2. Sakya Buddhist School
  3. Kagyu Buddhist School
  4. Gelug Buddhist School

Nyingma Buddhist Schools is the oldest Buddhist schools in Tibet and second Largest Buddhist school while Gelug Buddhist School being the largest. Kagyu Buddhist school is the third largest Buddhist school in Tibetan Buddhism. And Sakya Buddhist school is the smallest among the four Buddhist schools.

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Our collections of Buddha statues and arts

Old bronze Jambhala statue

Old bronze Jambhala statue

275 euro
Old bronze Nepali Buddha statue

Old bronze Nepali Buddha statue

275 euro
Very early Jain statue with inscriptions

Very early Jain statue with inscriptions

600 euro
Bronze Nepali Medicine Buddha statue

Bronze Nepali Medicine Buddha statue

175 euro
Very special bronze Burmese Buddha statue

Very special bronze Burmese Buddha statue

47,500 euro
Old bronze Nepali Ganesha statue

Old bronze Nepali Ganesha statue

350 euro
Old wooden Burmese Mandalay Buddha

Old wooden Burmese Mandalay Buddha

800 euro
Old bronze Nepali Buddha statue

Old bronze Nepali Buddha statue

500 euro
Old bronze Nepali Green Tara

Old bronze Nepali Green Tara

1,350 euro
Special antique marble Jain statue

Special antique marble Jain statue

2,750 euro
Old red Burmese offering vessel

Old red Burmese offering vessel

750 euro
Special antique bronze Shan Buddha statue

Special antique bronze Shan Buddha statue

7,500 euro
Old marble Hanuman statue

Old marble Hanuman statue

650 euro
Old bronze Burmese Buddha statue

Old bronze Burmese Buddha statue

500 euro
Antique wooden Burmese Mandalay Buddha statue

Antique wooden Burmese Mandalay Buddha statue

1,850 euro
Old bronze Manjushri statue

Old bronze Manjushri statue

550 euro
Old bronze nepali Ganesha statue

Old bronze nepali Ganesha statue

250 euro
Old bronze Nepali Lokeshwor statue

Old bronze Nepali Lokeshwor statue

1,750 euro
Old bronze Parvati statue

Old bronze Parvati statue

900 euro
Old bronze Nepali White Tara statue

Old bronze Nepali White Tara statue

325 euro
Antique marble Ganesha statue

Antique marble Ganesha statue

2,850 euro
Old marble Burmese Buddha statue

Old marble Burmese Buddha statue

900 euro
Old Burmese Buddha statue

Old Burmese Buddha statue

1,600 euro
Pair of old marble lion statues

Pair of old marble lion statues

700 euro
Old bronze Nepali Buddha statue

Old bronze Nepali Buddha statue

600 euro
Special antique Ivory Japanese Zushi shrine

Special antique Ivory Japanese Zushi shrine

14,500 euro
Antique bronze Thai Sukhothai Buddha statue

Antique bronze Thai Sukhothai Buddha statue

1,600 euro
Antique ivory Japanese figure

Antique ivory Japanese figure

1,500 euro
Old wooden Burmese Monk statue

Old wooden Burmese Monk statue

300 euro
Old wooden Burmese Throne

Old wooden Burmese Throne

1,250 euro
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