Region in the north-east of
His Holiness the XIVth Dalai Lama was born here, at Takster.
Many of the tibetan refugees in Dharamshala, india, are from Amdo.
Precincts of the temple of the
Pilgrims walk round clockwise, reciting prayers.
|Annapurna||Nepal||(Skt.) "food-filled"||Mountain in Nepal. The name "Annapurna" is another name for Parvati, as Ambi Annapurna the mountain goddess.|
|Bodhi Tree||"awakening tree"||
The fig tree in Bodh Gaya under which Gautama the Buddha achieved enlightenment.
"The fig tree is sacred in india - it is believed that women who pray in its shade will have children. Also gods and spirits are said to live in it. The banyan tree is also of the fig species."
|Bodh Gaya||"awakening ... "||
The place where
Located in Bihar in northern india.
|Brahmaputra||tibet||(Skt.) "son of Brahma"||
The great river which springs from
where Shiva resides.
Flows east through tibet past Lhasa, then turns south
and finally joins the Ganges in Bengal and Bangladesh to
form the earth's largest delta.
Thus the son of Brahma and the sister of
"The residence of the
family before the
located between the centre of
An old country with a long history.
The Chinese invasion of tibet, mongolia, and east turkestan, and the following "Cultural Revolution" wrought incredible havoc and suffering on the peoples of those countries, as well as of China itself.
|Town in northwest india, home of the exiled Dalai Lama, leader of tibet, many refugees from tibet, and the Tibetan Government-in-exile.|
|Drepung Gomang (aka Gomang)||tibet, india||
|Monastery of tibet, now in south india.|
"hill of amrita"
One of the homes of the Trungpa Tulku.
|Gangchen Kyishong||india||(Tib.)||The Central Tibetan Administration complex, in Dharamshala, north india.|
|Geden Cheoeling||(Tib.)||in north india - McLeod Ganj|
|Himachala||tibet, india||The Himalayan Mountains|
|Himalaya||tibet, india||"abode of snow"||
Contains the sources of all the great rivers of india:
Indus, Yamuna, Ganges,
Brahmaputra (Tsang Po),
and the five rivers of the Punjab.
Personified as the mighty Mountain God, father of the great goddess Parvati.
|india||Bharat, Hindustan||Home of Hinduism and birthplace of Buddhism. Gave, and still gives, refuge to the Dalai Lama and the tibetan people after they were invaded by the Chinese government in 1959.|
|Isipatana||india||The deer-park at Sarnath where the Gautama Buddha preached his first sermon.|
|Jokhang||tibet||(Tib.)||The Tsulakhang, the most important temple in Lhasa.|
Where Shiva has his palace,
Tsang Po (Bhramaputra)
river springs from this mountain.
Also called Kailasa, Kelas.
|Kalimpong||india, tibet||Once part of tibet, now in Sikkim in india. Was a trade center and center of Buddhist studies. The Amdo monk Gendun Choephel lived there at that time.|
|Kapilavastu||india||The capital of King Suddhodana of Sakya, on the River Rohini, c. 560 BCE, where Gautama Buddha lived, and where he returned for a while after his Enlightenment.|
|Kelas||tibet||"silver mountain"||Mount Kailash|
|Kham||tibet||(Tib.)||Province in eastern tibet. Known for its warriors, khampas.|
|Kusinara||india||The place where Gautama the Buddha attained his paranirvana.|
|The river flowing by Lhasa.|
|Ladakh||tibet, india||(Tib.?)||Once part of tibet, now within borders of India.|
|Lhasa||tibet||(Tib.)||Capital of tibet, located in U-tsang province. Location of the Jokhang temple, and home of the Dalai Lama before the invasion of the People's Republic of China.|
|McLeod Ganj||Brit.||Upper Dharamshala, in northwest india. Home of His Holiness the Dalai Lama, and many tibetan monasteries, people, and monks.|
|Magadha||india||(Skt.)||The state now called Bihar. Where Gautama the Buddha reached enlightenment under the Bodhi-tree and where he preached. Pali was spoken there at that time.|
|A lake on Mount Kailash.|
Many of the
now have counterparts in, or have relocated to,
Samye - tibet
Sera - south india
Surmang - tibet
A large country between
Portions of it are now part of other countries.
The northern part (buryatia) is a part of
Russia today. inner mongolia and the northern part of current-day
"Xinjiang" have been colonized and absorbed
by China in this century, suffering the same
tragedies as tibet and east turkestan (or, the
So sadly, the word "mongolia"
these days only refers to the area named
"mongolia" on the world political map.
Mongolia had a long and important relationship with tibet spirtually and politically.
|Namgyal Monastery||tibet, india||(Tib.)||
Has an audio/visual lab where teachings of His Holiness and others are preserved and are being digitized.
|Namgyalma Stupa||india||(Tib.)||Stupa in the center of McLeod Ganj, india.|
|Namgyal-tse||tibet||(Tib.)||A larger monastery of Surmang, in Kham. One of the homes of the Trungpa Tulku.|
|Nechung Monastery||Tib||Monastery where the kuten of Dorje Drakden, the Nechung Oracle, lives, in Gangchen Kyishong, Dharamshala, North india.|
|Nepal||?||?||A kingdom, north of india in the Himalayas.|
summer palace in
Built in the
seventh Dalai Lama.
"consisted of a series of small palaces and temples with marvellous gardens surrounded by a huge wall. At the first sign of spring, His Holiness [the Fourteenth Dalai Lama] used to go there with a long procession made up of dignitaries from Lhasa.
A historical spot in the March 10th uprising of tibetans against the Chinese invasion of tibet.
It now has a counterpart in south india.
|Pepung||tibet||(Tib.)||Buddhist monastery in the province of Derge in Kham.|
winter palace in
Was built up by
and enlarged by the
Fifth Dalai Lama
"The central part of the edifice was 13 floors high, with large ceremonial rooms, chapels, cells for meditation, and the mausoleums where the Dalai Lamas were embalmed. The west wing housed a community of monks. and in the east wing were the administrative offices, with meeting rooms and a school for the monks to be employed by the government."
"[It also] contained armouries, ammunition stores, and cellars where the government's archives were kept: libraries with thousands of volumes testifying to the life and development of tibetan culture. These libraries held ancient parchments, books written on the back of palm trees and imported from india several centuries before, as well as volumes of sacred texts written in a special ink made from a blend of gold or silver, and iron or copper powder, or sometimes from the powder of ground stones or shells."
"His Holiness' residence was at the top of the stairs, 400 feet above the town."
Now empty, and gutted by the Chinese invasion of tibet.
|Russia||One of the players in the "Great Game" of the big powers looking for influence in inner Asia, resulting only in tragedy for the peoples of tibet, mongolia, turkestan, china, smaller countries within those, now swallowed up, and bordering peoples.|
|Sakya Kingdom||india||(Skt., Tib.)||
Kingdom in which
was born, and of which he was prince.
In what is now the Indian state of Bihar in
and the Kingdom of
("Sakya", also, a school of tibetan buddhism.)
|Sakya Monastery||india||(Skt., Tib.)||A monastery in western tibet, from which originated the Sakyapa lineage of tibetan buddhism.|
|Samye Monastery||tibet, india||(Tib.)||The first Buddhist monastery, 779 CE. in tibet. Padmasambhava helped to build it.|
|Sarnath||india||In Bihar, india. The location of the deer-park Isipatana where the Gautama Buddha preached his first sermon.|
|Sera Monastery||tibet, india||Early monastery, destroyed in tibet (?), active in south india.|
|Shechen Monastery||tibet||Monastery of Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche. Mostly destroyed during the Cultural Revolution, and now being rebuilt.|
|Sikkim||tibet, india||Was part of tibet. After the British invasion of tibet in 1888, it was illegally brought within the boundaries of India. There are settlements of tibetan refugees there.|
|Sri Lanka||Sri Lanka||Also, "Ceylon". A center of Theravada Buddhism.|
Place used for instruction in the
Some of them are
The original Surmang monastery was founded by Trung-mase Rinpoche at the end of the 14th century. It was built of reeds and many-cornered. [ref]
|Takster||tibet||(Tib.)||A farming village in Amdo, where His Holiness the XIVth Dalai Lama was born.|
"Island of the Mahayana Teaching"
Area on ridgepoint in McLeod Ganj including
the Dalai Lama's residence and compound,
and the Institute of Buddhist Dialectics (IBD).
Before the Fourteenth Dalai Lama took residence there, it was known as the Byrne Estate.
|tibet||(Eng.)||(??) The tibetan name for tibet is Bö||
The highest country in the world, in Asia, surrounded by china, nepal,
india, east turkestan, and mongolia.
The home of buddhism after it disppeared from its birthplace, india. Guardian diety is Padmasambhava.
Presently occupied and colonized by the People's Republic of China. [http://www.tibet.com/]
A great river which springs from Mount
flows east through tibet
(now occupied by the Chinese) past
then turns south and finally joins the
in Bengal and Bangladesh to form the earth's
as Bhramaputra, "Son of Brahma".
Thus the son of Brahama and the sister of
(the mountains) are united.
"School for training monks who formed cadres in the
Graduates from this school who wanted to work in the
civil service then underwent higher traiing at the
Lay civil servants were mainly trained at the Tse School."
Was located at the Summit
Founded by the
Seventh Dalai Lama.
"The legend tells how the king of Mandi,
the nearby city, was displeased by the sight of his
beloved daughter paying attention to the wise man's
teachings, and so gave orders for him to be taken and burned alive.
The moment the pyre was lit, instead of flames it was a lake
that sprang out,
and there in the middle sat the Precious Master, smiling,
Main Temple in McLeod Ganj at
In Lhasa, iibet, it is the most important temple. This temple was built to house the gifts of images of Sakyamuni Buddha, brought by the Nepalese princess Brikuti who was one of the queens of King Songtsen Gampo who ruled iibet between 630 to 649 CE.
It is the temple most venerated by tibetan buddhists. Pilgrims walk round the Barkhor, reciting prayers.
Contains three huge statues of Sakyamuni Buddha, Padmasambhava, and Avalokiteshvara. Parts of the Sakyamuni statue were smuggled out of tibet.
The area of the temple and His Holiness' residence in McLeod Ganj, india, is also known as the TsulaKhang.
Also known as Jokhang, Ramoche Tsulakhang. Also Tsuklakhang, Tsuklag Khang.
|United States||A country in the middle of the North American continent. Likes to think of itself as champion of freedom, but is noticeably absent from action when such championing is not in its own best interests: viz. its sudden dropping of support of tibet, refusal to participate in world environmental crisis planning, ignoring of other countries whose issues are not affecting it economically and politically, etc. Culturally, closely resembles the Land of the Hungry Ghosts, of Buddhism.|
|Uruvela||A town in Bihar, near which the Buddha received enlightenment.|
|U-tsang||tibet||(Tib.)||Western province of tibet, where Lhasa is located.|
In Shansi province, china.
The holiest place in china to tibetan
Sacred to buddhism for over 1400 years.
"Five-peaked mountain" to tibetans.
Sacred to Manjushri, Buddha of wisdom, whose incarnation is the Manchu Emperor. The Dalai Lama is the incarnation of Chenresig (Avalokiteshvara), the Buddha of compassion.
|Yumbu Lagar||tibet||(Tib.)||First fort in tibet, at Yumbu. Constructed by Nyatri Tsampo|