Mongolia – three schools of Tibetan Buddhism

The state as a person – is born, grows, is experiencing a period of prosperity, which goes into adulthood and gradually aging, is in decline. Then, after a while, if destined – once again revived, not – is gradually lost in the historical layers.

If you ask a modern man called the largest country on the planet at the beginning of the last millennium – which just will not hear. Today, few people know that in the period from 1220 for 1294 was the Mongol Empire occupied 20% of the planet’s surface about 33 million square kilometers.

Languages ​​Temujin (Genghis Khan) extended from the borders of Poland to Korea and from Siberia to Vietnam! Currently, it looks much more modest. The area has decreased almost exactly 20 times. However, what is remarkable in this country, in addition to an abundance of natural landscapes, it’s true to the tradition – there are still build houses of brick prefer yurt.

Mongolian family on the verge of a yurt. Photo from driftingfocus.comPuteshestvennik here find majestic mountains, virgin forests, desert dunes and endless steppe. Fans of fishing will be allocated on a per capita fish infested rivers and lakes, and the hunters can hunt argali, of course, if they have the opportunity to spend $ 18,000 for a license. Prices for shooting other species are much more modest.

Me and my friends when we stopped on the border with Mongolia, attracted not trophies. We were interested in the spiritual heritage of this wonderful country in which there are three schools of Tibetan Buddhism.

Sakya – literally “gray earth.” It was founded in Tibet in 1073. According to the doctrine of this school based on the teachings of Virupa aim Way is implemented in the course of its passage. Great importance is given to the practice of Bardo – the state of the transition, or rather the intermediate state.

Buddhist monastery in Mongolia. Photo from academic.ruGelug – or “yellow faith.” The founder of this tradition of Tibetan Buddhism is an Indian teacher Atisha. In accordance with the tradition of Master Tsongkhapa in one of his previous incarnations, while still a young boy, Shakyamuni Buddha gave a rosary in return – the sink. Buddha predicted that in the future this boy born in Tibet and bring a great contribution to the revival of his teachings.

Karma Kagyu – the most common of the four main lines of the Kagyu teachings, “the four transmission line”, was founded by the yogi Tilopa, who lived in India, at the junction of the first and second millennia.

I have to say, probably, in a few countries of the world there are places where the majesty of unspoiled nature inspires and stimulates human to comprehend its deep essence.