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RELI 2732
Angela Sumegi

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RELI 2732 A March 8 2012 thPlease check midterm grades all but one or two should be up If you wrote on February 11 email her directly You cannot receive a grade for this course unless you write both examsToday the approach to death and dying in Tibetan Buddhism Within Buddhist world Tibetan has the most distinctive theories regarding dying process and death rituals ththe Buddhism that developed in Tibet 7 CE Different periods in Buddhist history 500BCE1CE development of scripture in Pali differences in doctrine 18 sects of early Buddhism spread to Sri Lanka in south and Gandhara is northwest growth of monastic community spiritual ideal is the Arhat one who achieves liberation from the wheel of life and death 1CE500CE development of Mahayana scriptures in Sanskrit spread of Buddhism to central Asia and China development of the spiritual idea the Bodhisattva one who remains in the wheel of life until all beings are enlightened500CE1000CE development of another set of scriptures Tantra development of a form of Buddhism called Vajrayana the diamond vehicle spread of Mahayana teaching to Korea Japan Tibet development of spiritual ideal siddha a person who combines the Buddhist teaching of compassion and wisdom with yogic rituals and practices that are much older than Buddhism Social engaged Buddhism in modern tradition including translation of texts into EnglishMeditation changed as well 7CEboth a monastic form as well as a tantric form that emphasized yogic practices in Tibet Vajrayana Buddhism The Tibetan book of the dead popular texts translated in the west They are guides to dying and the in between time between death and rebirth The great liberation through hearing in the bardo full name Type of text is called Bardo Thodol Bardo means intermediate This is read aloud to dying or dead person They belong to that literature TANTRA specifically the tantra of peaceful and wrathful deitiesIt is said that this text is taught by the Buddha through the form of a deity called Vajrasattva transmitted through an unbroken Yogin line until brought to Tibet by a monk Guru Padmasambhava Quasi historical figure there is evidence he went to Tibet from India but it is vain and overladen with gossip and stories He is revered throughout Tibetan BuddhismThis teaching oral was written down by his wife and he buries these texts in the mountains in central TibetSuch texts are called Terma treasureThey are said to be rediscovered by subsequent incarnations by the 25 disciples of Guru
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