Tibetan Buddhism is a uniquely formed of Buddhism that developed in Tibet. Tibetan Buddhism is characterized by its complex rituals, usage of mandalas, and the importance of the guru-disciple relationship. It also places great emphasis on the concept of emptiness and the practice of meditation. Tibetan Buddhism has had a significant impact on the culture and traditions of Tibet, as well as on the wider world of Buddhism. Its teachings and practices have influenced many Westerners who have embraced Buddhism as a spiritual path.
The history of Tibetan Buddhism dates back to the 7th century when King Songtsen Gampo of Tibet married two Buddhist princesses, one from Mainland China and one from Nepal. These princesses brought Buddhism to Tibet, and it began to spread throughout the region. The King Songtsen Gampo also built several Tibetan Buddhist temples in Tibet and then the Buddhism started to put root in Tibet.
In the 8th century, the Indian master Padmasambhava, also known as Guru Rinpoche, was invited by the King Trisong Detsen to Tibet to help establish Buddhism. He is credited with introducing tantric practices and teachings to Tibet, which became a major part of Tibetan Buddhism. The King Trisong Detsen founded the first monastery in Tibet called Samye Monastery and introduced the first monastic system in Tibet. Only then, the local Tibetans started to practice the Buddhism.
In the 11th century, from the Guge Kingdom invited the great Indian master Atisha, he introduced the teachings of the Mahayana tradition, which emphasized on compassion and the bodhisattva path.
During the 13th and 14th centuries, Tibetan Buddhism underwent a period of great expansion and development under the leadership of the Sakya and Kagyu schools. The Kagyu school, in particular, became known for its emphasis on meditation and the use of spiritual practices such as the Six Yogas of Naropa.
In the 14th century, the Gelug school was founded by the great master Tsongkhapa. The Gelug school became known for its emphasis on the study of Buddhist philosophy and its strict monastic discipline.
Today, Tibetan Buddhism continues to be practiced in Tibet and throughout the world, with many Westerners embracing its teachings and practices.
Lhasa Gonkhar Airport receives over 80 flights daily. Many of these flights are from major mainland cities. There are just two flights from Kathmandu, Nepal, in a week. Wednesday and Friday are generally the days that flights from Kathmandu are available. Due to high demand, you probably find flights to Lhasa on other days of the week.
Tibet began to receive trains from China in 2008. Many who were concerned about getting altitude sickness no longer needed to be anxious because of train journey would give them plenty of time to acclimatize. Xining is the ideal station to catch a train to Lhasa. We can help by getting you a train ticket to Lhasa from Xining or other major cities.
Due to recent years’ development in the Tourism Industry, the average of every hotel in Tibet had leveled up. Therefore we try to find the most suitable accommodation for you.
Tibet is well-known for its Rich Culture and traditional spiritual life. We offer tailor-made special tours for you to enjoy the trips during Tibetan Festivals.