Rel 101 Content Outline (Buddhism 4)-2

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Rel 101: Content Outline Buddhism: Tibetan (Vajrayana) Buddhism Friday, Oct. 3 Assigned Reading , Molloy, Chapter 4, pp. 170-183 I. Branches of contemporary Buddhism (continued) C. Vajrayana (Tibetan) Buddhism – means the “vehicle of the diamond” or “vehicle of the lightning bolt”. The name suggests strength, clarity, wisdom, and flashes vehicle seeks to transmit. -Tibet – worshiped the powers of nature. These powers were often envisioned as demons that had to be appeased. i. Tantras – practiced in northeast India. It opposed the original Buddhist detachment from the world and its negative attitude toward bodily pleasure. The Tantras taught that the body and all its energies could be used to reach enlightenment. ii. lama – a Tibetan spiritual teacher is often called lama (a Tibetan translation of the word guru), and this title is thus frequently used as a title of honor for all monks. -Dalai Lama – the executive head of the Gelug-pa is called Dalai Lama “ocean superior one”
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iii. techniques of prayer:
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  • Spring '08
  • Carruth
  • Buddhism, Thich Nhat Hanh, Tibetan spiritual teacher

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