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Sakya Monastery, Tibet. One of the four schools in Tibet - other three being Gelugpa (the school where the Dalai Lamas are from), Nyingma, and Kagyu.

Here, the monks perform morning rituals inside the very impressive main hall, as light pours in from the high windows.

Tilopa: Tilopa was a tantric practitioner and mahasiddha. He developed the mahamudra method, a set of spiritual practices that greatly accelerates the process of attaining bodhi (enlightenment), and is regarded as the human founder of the Kagyu lineage of Tibetan Buddhism.

Tilopa: Tilopa was a tantric practitioner and mahasiddha. He developed the mahamudra method and is regarded as the human founder of the Kagyu lineage of Tibetan Buddhism.

A Vajrayogini mandala Central Tibet, 18th century

Tibetan Buddhist Thangka of Vajrayogini Mandala, Central Tibet, century, Tibet

Tara Blanca (Sitatara) se le relaciona con la longevidad. Su mantra se canta mientras se piensa en determinada persona. Es otra representación de la compasión y tiene siete ojos (un par en el rostro,  uno en cada palma de sus manos, otro en las plantas de sus pies y uno más en la frente). Es un símbolo de que la mente compasiva está siempre vigilante. Su Mantra OM TARE TUTTARE TURE MAMA AYUR PUNE GYANA PUNTIN KURU SOHA.

According to Buddhist tradition, Tara was born out of the tears of compassion of the bodhisattva Avalokiteshvara. It is said that he wept as he looked upon the world of suffering beings, and his tears formed a lake in which a lotus sprung up.

“Even fear itself is frightened by the Bodhisattva’s fearlessness.”

The lineage of Dalai Lamas are reincarnates of the Bodhisattva of Compassion Avalokiteśvara