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Schools of Tibetan Buddhism

by Sangharakshita

A general introduction to three of the four major Schools of Tibetan Buddhism: Nyingmapa, Kargyupa, and Sakyapa.

Talk given in 1968.

This talk is part of the series An Introduction to Tibetan Buddhism.

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1. Four great religious kings (6:22) 
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2. The meaning of 'school' (3:43) 
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3. What is a school of Tibetan Buddhism? Buddhism and non-exclusivity (6:27) 
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4. Unreformed and reformed schools (3:40) 
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5. Some common characteristics; the Triyana character of Tibetan Buddhism; the three yanas (8:35) 
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6. Successive stages of the spiritual path (2:49) 
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7. Scriptures: Kangyur and Tangyur (4:27) 
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8. The Nyingmapa school; a Nyingmapa temple (8:36) 
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9. The nine yanas of the Nyingmapa (9:31) 
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10. The Nyingmapa tantras and the Rinchen Termas; the Bardo Thödol (2:58) 
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11. A definite emphasis on meditation (5:23) 
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12. The nature of the Nyingmapa lama (8:28) 
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13. The Kagyupa school; Milarepa and the Jetsun Guru Bhum (6:41) 
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14. The Kagyupa emphasis on practise; the six teachings of Naropa (2:30) 
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15. The Sakyapa school; the great scholar Butön (5:05) 
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16. The great historian Taranatha; the Sakyapas' conversion of the Mongols; consolidation of political power (5:07) 
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17. The Gelugpa school (2:29) 


Total running time: 1:32:51

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