Famous Buddhist Teachers

Je Tsongkhapa | Life & Biography

Je Tsongkhapa (1357-1419) was born in the Tsongkha region of Amdo in 1357. Today the location of Tsongkhapa's birth is marked by Kumbum Monastery, founded in 1583 by the Third Dalai Lama Sonam Gyatso (1543-1588) on the spot of the original Stūpa. At the age of 16 the young Je Tsongkhapa travelled to U-Tsang, never to return to his homeland. Tsongkhapa died in 1419 at...

Je Tsongkhapa | Overview of Works

Je Tsongkhapa (1357-1419) was born during a crucial period in the second development of Tibetan Buddhism, which had started at the end of the 10th century. One of the important questions debated during this period was the relation between monasticism and tantric practice. Je Tsongkhapa devoted much of his work to the continuation of this moral tradition, and wrote Lam rim (Extensive Stages of the...

Geshe Chekawa and “Training the Mind”

Geshe Chekawa (1102–1176) was a prolific Kadampa Buddhist meditation master who composed the text Training the Mind in Seven Points and spread the study and practice of training the mind throughout Tibet, the explanation of Buddha's instructions on Training the Mind or Lojong in Tibetan. These teachings reveal how sincere Buddhist practitioners can transform adverse conditions into the path to Enlightenment, by developing their own Compassion.

Lobsang Chokyi Gyaltsen | 4th Panchen Lama

Lobsang Chokyi Gyaltsen was born in a village called Drukgya in the Lhang valley, in Tsang, in either 1567 or 1570. The boy was recognized as the reincarnation of Ensapa Lobsang Döndrup (1505-1566) and given the name Chokyi Gyaltsen. With Tsang forces out of Lhasa, in 1622 Chokyi Gyaltsen was able to enthrone the Fifth Dalai Lama at Drepung. Chokyi Gyaltsen was given the title...

The Life of Atiśa | Full

The Life of Atiśa | Full: in 4 parts. 1. Childhood and Renunciation of Princely Life. When Atiśa was 18 months old, his parents held his first public audience at the local temple. Without any instruction, he prostrated to the venerable objects inside. As Atiśa grew older, his wish to become a mendicant monk increased ever stronger, but his parents had different expectations. Atiśa left...

Atiśa Dīpaṁkara Śrījñāna

Atiśa Dīpaṁkara Śrījñāna (982-1054) was a Buddhist Bengali religious leader and master. Atiśa was one of the major figures in the spread of 11th century Mahāyāna and Vajrayāna Buddhism in Asia and inspired Buddhist thought from Tibet to Sumatra. Atiśa is recognised as one of the greatest figures of classical Buddhism, and the founder of the Kadampa School, one of the New Translation schools of...

Aśoka | Mauryan Emperor

Aśoka (Ashoka), the 3rd Ruler of the Indian Mauryan Empire, became a model of Kingship for Buddhists everywhere: Aśoka is known today for the Edicts he had inscribed on pillars and rock faces throughout his kingdom, and through the legends told about him in various Buddhist sources. Aśoka is said to purify the teaching by convening the Third Buddhist council, following which he sends missionary-monks...

Asanga founder of Yogacara Buddhism

Asaṅga (ca. 320-ca. 390) is regarded as the founder of the Yogācāra tradition of Mahāyāna philosophy. Asaṅga spent many years in serious meditation and often visited Tuṣita Heaven to receive teachings from Maitreya Bodhisattva. At night he went up to the place of Maitreya Bodhisattva in Tuṣita Heaven to learn the Yogācāra-bhūmi-śāstra and other elevated teachings.; in the daytime, he lectured on the marvellous principles...

Vasubandhu life & works

Vasubandhu life & works. Vasubandhu was a prominent Buddhist teacher and one of the most important figures in the development of Mahāyāna Buddhism in India. He wrote commentaries on many Śāstras, works on logic, devotional poetry, works on Abhidharma classifications, as well as original and innovative philosophical treatises. He is admired as co-founder of the Yogācāra school, his pre-Yogācāra works, such as the Abhidharmakośa are...

Milarepa | Songs of Milarepa

Outside the land of Tibet where the stories and songs of Milarepa (c. 1052 – c. 1135 CE) are very well-known and loved, far too little is known of this great Buddhist sage. The 60 songs of Milarepa, published here all concern that Dhamma which is common to the whole Buddhist tradition. Everyone who has read some of Lord Buddha's Discourses in the Pali Canon...