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Buddhism 3 Silk row - major trading route in central asia and it is an important route because when merchants travelled through it it allowed travels of the teachings of Buddha (Mahayana) Three different kinds of Buddhism: Mahayana, Theravada and Vajrayana Vajrayana (“thunderbolt” or “diamond”) Buddhism - extension of Mahayana - also called Tantric Buddhism - “breaking taboos”, in the Buddhist version, the union between female and male energies is symbolic (unlike the sexual version in Hinduism) - found mostly in Tibet - not widely practiced, mostly by monks and nuns - use of mandala - art design using geometric patterns Tibetan Buddhism - traditionally founded by Padmasambhava (8th c.?) - Buddhism was carried into Tibet by this person - Tibetan rulers invited Padmasambhava to Tibet to try to subdue the forces that were destroying Tibet - three main monastic orders - surviving shamanistic practice - you can still Fnd things like an oracle - notion of bardo (“intermediate state”);
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This note was uploaded on 11/18/2011 for the course RLG 100Y1 taught by Professor Professormaintenay during the Fall '09 term at University of Toronto- Toronto.

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