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Buddhism: The Doctrine of the Awakened One

  • Ancient Tibetan Buddhist manuscript
  • Antique wooden book cover of Tibetan Buddhist text
  • Buddha statues inside the Thatbyinnyu Temple [12th century] at Bagan, Burma
  • Budhist monk at the Shwedagon Pagoda in Yangon, Burma
  • Giant Buddha statue inside the Manuha Temple at Bagan, Burma
  • Glazed tile from the Mingalazedi Pagoda illustrating a tale from a former life of the Buddha at Bagan, Burma
  • His Holiness the Dalai Lama with His Holines the Drikung Kyabgön Chetsang
  • His Holiness the Dalai Lama
  • His Holiness the Drikung Kyabgön Chetsang, supreme head of the Drikung Kagyu lineage of Tibetan Buddhism
  • Little monk of Shwe Kyet Yet Monastery near Innwa, Burma, collecting alms before sunrise
  • Man with tatoo of the Drikung Kagyu seal on his scull
  • Monk working on a sand mandala as a ritual prerequisite of a grand empowerment in tantric Buddhism
  • Nun reading sutra in a nunnery in Sagaing, Burma
  • Preparation of a sand mandala as a ritual prerequisite of a grand empowerment in tantric Buddhism
  • Preparation of an elaborate torma: A figure made mostly of flour and butter used in tantric rituals or as offerings in Tibetan Buddhism
  • Reading an ancient Tibetan Buddhist text
  • Ritual Tantric hand gesture using dorje and bell
  • Songtsen Library, Center for Tibetan and Himalayan studies in Dehradun, India
  • Statue of Chenrezig or the thousand-armed Avalokiteshvara
  • Statue of the Buddhist scholar Asanga inside the temple of Kagyu College, Dehradun, India
  • Statue of the Dharma king Songtsen Gampo [617–650] in front of the Sobgtsen Library, Dehradun, India, at fool moon
  • Statue of the Medicine Buddha holding the myrobalan plant
  • Statue of the Tantric master Padmasambhava, aka Guru Rinpoche
  • Statue of the tantric meditation deity Tara inside a an amulet box [gau]
  • Stupa with the seated future Buddha Maitreya in rock carved temple at Ajanta, India
  • Thangka painting of the Drikung Kagyu lineage tree
  • Tibetan Buddhist temple roof at sunset
  • Tibetan Lama performing a ritual hand gesture called mudra
  • Tibetan statue of Buddha Amitayus
  • View of the temples of Bagan, Burma, at dawn

All pictures: © Elmar R. Gruber