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