The Buddhist tradition of Tibet is recognized as one of the world’s most unique and distinctive spiritual cultures. It is especially respected for the profound wisdom and inner sciences upon which it is based, and its expression of the highest human ideals of compassion, tolerance and peace.
This section provides a simple introduction to Buddhism and to the wisdom culture of Tibet.
The historical Buddha, Shakyamuni, attained enlightenment in India in the sixth century BCE.
Buddhism was introduced to Tibet in the eighth century by the great master and saint Padmasambhava.
The Dalai Lama
His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama, Tenzin Gyatso, is the spiritual leader of Tibet who describes himself as a simple Buddhist monk. At the age of two, he was recognized as the reincarnation of the previous 13th Dalai Lama, Thubten Gyatso.
In Tibet, there is a tradition of recognizing incarnations of great masters who have passed away. Sogyal Rinpoche, Rigpa’s founder, was recognised as an incarnation of Tertön Sogyal.