8 June 2012: As a longtime member of the Bodhi Tree Educational Foundation's Board of Directors, it has been a pleasure to be asked to create a number of webpages on Regional and Buddhist-focused topics related to the Foundation. I hope you will enjoy reading them.
Kathleen Jenks, Ph.D.
where the Bodhi Tree Educational Foundation schools are located. The webpage looks at the region as well as Bihar's impressive history from ancient times to Gandhi to today.
Bodhi Tree Educational Foundation's schools are located in India's NE state of Bihar
For information and history, see BIHAR,
The Buddha teaching his followers
Bodhi Tree / Pipal Fig
The centuries-old history of the sacred tree
for which the foundation is named.
This is a look at Tibetan Buddhism's early history, its 4 major Tantric lineages dating back to the 8th-11th centuries, its philosophy, cosmology, and much more.
This 8th century tantric master took ancient scriptures from India to Tibet, where they were translated and widely disseminated. From these translations, four major Tibetan lineages emerged.
The Buddha knew he could not reveal everything to his disciples because they were not yet ready. Instead, he entrusted his knowledge to the Nagas, sacred sea-serpents who inhabited palaces at the bottom of the sea. He told them to safeguard his secrets until the future sage Nagarjuna appeared.
The Current Karmapa and his Lineage
The Kagyu lineage, founded in the 11th century, is headed by the Karmapa, just as the 14th century Gelug lineage is headed by the Dalai Lama. In both lineages, each Karmapa or Dalai Lama is the incarnation of the previous one, who in turn was the incarnation of his predecessor....
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