Tibetan Buddhism

By: Dr. John Ankerberg, Dr. John Weldon; ©1999
Tibetan Buddism offers to enlighten people to the [true] nature of ultimate reality.


Tibetan Buddhism

Info at a Glance

Name: Tibetan Buddhism. Three prominent Tibetan gurus are the Dalai Lama and the late Lama Govinda, Chogyam Trungpa.

Purpose: To deliver people from duhkha (unsatisfactory experience) and enlighten them to the nature of ultimate reality.

Founder: Various schools were founded by various individuals. Perhaps Padmasambhava first began the tradition by translating Tantric texts in Tibet in 810 A.D. and became head of the oldest sect, the Nyingmapa.

Source of authority: Mahayanist Buddhist (especially Tantric) Scripture. Many scholars accept Tantrism as a major Buddhist school, along with Theravadin and Mahayana.

Examples of occult potential: Spiritistic and magical traditions; occult meditation and contact with Hindu deities.

Attitude toward Christianity: Rejecting.


“… no one is going to save us.” (Chogyam Trungpa, Cutting Through Spiritual Materialism, p. 77.)

Doctrinal Summary

God: Tibetan Buddhism is ultimately non-theistic, although practically speaking it is polytheistic. Ultimate Reality is One and is usually seen as undifferentiated, impersonal mind.

Salvation: Perception of Ultimate Reality by occult practice.

Man: Inwardly one with Reality.

Sin: Ignorance.

Satan: Some sects use the term symbolically for negative life conditions.

Death: One with life or a state of preparation for rebirth.

Heaven and Hell: Temporary states of consciousness or places.

1 Comment

  1. chai on January 10, 2016 at 1:23 pm

    I am greatful to have read some articles in kundilini by Mr. Ankerberg, while in Mexico, many years ago.

    I struggled with a battle in my mind, reconsidering a return to Buddhist practice. I was a practising Buddhist 15 years, and spent most of my practice in the kagyupa lineage (annutarayogatantra). When YAH came to visit me, in ’97 I stopped that practice and belief.

    Today, I discover that I was and the world is worshiping the no. 1 enemy of Israel, the goddess with 10,000 faces.

    While in film school in Santa Fe, I see and met many Buddhism. I hope and pray to plant a businesses there, that would give answers to a culture of people, seeking a ‘science’ like Buddhism for answers.

    Thank you Mr. Ankerberg for sharing and your many years of doing your homework. Our Father, is using me to share my past with the occult spirit world. Wish me well as I pray for your progress as well.

    Thank you.

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