Vajrayana in BuddhismWHEN TROOPS FROM THE PEOPLE’S REPUBLIC

of China entered Tibet in 1956, they caused a massive exodus of Tibetan Buddhist religious prac­titioners, who traveled across the Himalayas to India and little by little further west. Refugees of the Tibetan dias­pora, Tibetan lamas (gurus) and scholars of Buddhist philosophy reached the United States in less than ten years and, with their emphasis on meditation in action and the transmutation of daily life into

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Theravada Path of BuddhismTheravada—literally, the Teachings of the Elders—is an ancient Buddhist tradition that has nurtured practices and teachings of wisdom, love and liberation for over two thousand years. Liberation, the pivotal point around which the tradition revolves, is a deep seeing

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Buddhist monk in meditationKorean Zen Dance is an ancient practice rooted in Zen Buddhist philosophy. The purpose of Zen is to find one’s “True I,” to attain the indescribable Suchness—Enlightenment—and to end the suffering of humankind. Words cannot pin down its meaning, nor can rites, rituals, music, or dance. But every human ac­tion may be undertaken as an exercise toward

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Buddhist monkaA FRIEND OF MINE ONCE SUMMARIZED THE Mahayana approach to Buddhism by telling a story about his lifeguard training. He said he’d asked his in­structor what he should do if there were several people drowning at once. Whom should he save first? The youngest or the oldest? The women or the men?

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