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Tibetan Buddism

The Four Major Schools

    The oldest school in Tibetan Buddhism. Its lineage traces back to Guru Rinpoche Padmasambhava, who was the greatest master in Tibetan Buddhism.
    Sakya was the first school to have political power. The head of the Sakya school, Sakya Trizin, has been passed down in the Khon family from Knochog Gyalpo in the eleventh century to the present day.
    This school has a number of subschools. The past sixteenth Karmapa (head of the Karma Kagyu subsect) had great contribution in introducing Buddhism to the West.
    This school emphasizes on strict monastic rules. Both Dalai Lamas and Panchen Lamas belong to this school. The current Tibet goverment-in-exile is led by the fourteen Dalai Lama.

General Tibetan Buddhism

Green Tara Initiation

Other Buddist Schools

    Founded in the eleventh century, yet no longer exists. This sect demanded strict monastic discipline, such as celibacy and prohibiting the handling of money. The Gelug school is also known as the "new Kadam" school.


    Bonism is a native religion which was widespread in Tibet before the Buddhism, and still exists in some areas of Tibet. The popular "Black School Tantric Buddhism" originated from this religion.