Sabtu, 22 Juni 2013

Richard Gere's Buddhism (Vajrayana)

Dhr. Seven, Bela Larson, Wisdom Quarterly; Japanese-Buddhism.com
Richard Gere with living Buddhist Master Ajahn Jumnien (right) in Theravada Borbudur, Indonesia, the largest discovered Buddhist complex in the world (ego.globo.com/WQ)

 
[Vajrayana Buddhism's exalted priesthood, pomp and circumstance, and nearly forgotten nuns often lead to easy comparisons with Roman Catholicism, in form if not function.] Vajrayana Buddhism involves esoteric visualizations, symbols, and complicated rituals that can only be learned by study with a master. This explains why Vajrayana is also referred to as Esoteric Buddhism. Vajrayana Buddhism lays great emphasis on mantras (incantations), mudras (hand gestures) and mandalas (diagrams of deities and cosmic forces), as well as on magic and a multiplicity of deities... 

Mandala (kasina) in Vajrayana esoteric meditation (indiebookevent.com)
Meeting the current Dalai Lama (left) in Washington, D.C. (japanese-buddhism.com)
 
Gere, Cindy Crawford (redlist)
Emmy and Golden Globe Award winning American actor Richard T. Gere has another identity. In the spiritual dimension of his life, far from his worldly Hollywood fame, he is a Vajrayana Buddhist.
 
Gere was raised by Methodist Christian parents. He began his search for the beauty of Buddhist tranquility in 1978 when he was traveling in Nepal with a Brazilian painter named Sylvia Martins.

Liz Taylor, Martins, hipster (Getty)
Since then he became an active supporter of the 14th Dalai Lama, the former spiritual-political leader of Tibet, now the head [quasi "pope"] of the Gelug branch of Tibetan Vajrayana, the "Diamond Way" or "Thunderbolt Vehicle."

Tibetan Buddhism is composed of four principal schools, namely, the Nyingma (ancient) School, the Sakya School, the Kagyu (Oral Tradition) School, and the Gelug (Tradition of Virtue or "Yellow Hat") School. Tsongkhapa is the pioneer of this Buddhist school.
In trouble in India for kissing (richardgere.tv)
After spending about 20 years studying with Nyingma, Sakya, Kagyu, and Kadam (Oral Instruction) teachers, the concept of Gelug came into being through the insight of Tsongkhapa in the early 15th Century. More
Short history of Vajrayana Buddhism
Wisdom Quarterly (Wikipedia edit)
Vajrayana/Bon masks and rituals in Himalayan culture (madamepickwickartblog.com)
  
Vajrayana (onmarkproductions.com)
Although the first tantric Buddhist texts appeared in India in the 3rd Century and continued to appear until the 12th century (Williams, 2000, p. 194), scholars such as Hirakawa Akira assert that the Vajrayana school probably came into existence in the 6th or 7th Century (History of Indian Buddhism, 1993, p. 9), while the term Vajrayana itself first appeared in the 8th century (Macmillan Encyclopedia of Buddhism, 2004).
 
Vajrayana was preceded by the Mantrayana, and then followed by the Sahajayana and Kala-chakra-yana (Schumann, Buddhism: an outline of its teachings and schools, 1974). The period of Indian Vajrayana Buddhism has been classified as the fifth (Akira, 1993) or final (Macmillan, 2000) period of Indian Buddhism. The literature of Vajrayana is absent from the oldest Buddhist literature of the Pali Canon and the Agamas.

But practitioners claim mythological origins for the Tibetan Buddhist tradition. Those origins claim that the historical Shakyamuni Buddha taught tantra. But since these are "secret," occult, or esoteric teachings, confined to the guru/disciple relationship, they were generally written down long after the Buddha's other teachings -- the Pali Canon and the Mahayana sutras
 
The Vajrayana tradition holds that its teachings were first expounded by the Buddha 16 years after his great enlightenment. Historians have identified an early stage of Mantra-yana beginning in the 4th Century, and they argue that assigning the teachings to the historical Buddha is "patently absurd" (Kitagawa, The Religious Traditions of Asia: Religion, History, and Culture, 2002). More
American actor Richard Gere (whose real name is Richard Tiffany Gere), winner of Emmy Awards and Golden Globes, has another identity in the world of spiritualism, far apart from the rest of the worldly life and fame. He is a Buddhist.

Richard Gere and the Dalai Lama

Gere, who was raised by Methodist parents, began his search for the beauty of tranquility in 1978 when he was traveling in Nepal with a Brazilian painter named Sylvia Martins. Since then, he became an active supporter of his holiness the Dalai Lama who leads religious officials of the ‘Gelug’ branch of Tibetan Buddhism.

Tibetan Buddhism is composed of four principal schools, namely, ‘ the Nyingma (ancient) School’, ‘ the Sakya School ’, ‘ the Kagyu (Oral Tradition) School’, ‘ the Gelug (Tradition of Virtue, sometimes known as the 'Yellow Hat') School’. Tsongkhapa is the pioneer of this last born ‘Gelug’ Tibetan Buddhism school.

After spending around 20 years studying with Nyingma, Sakya, Kagyu and Kadam (Oral Instruction) teachers, the concept of ‘Gelug’ came into being through the insight of Tsongkhapa in the early fifteenth century.
- See more at: http://www.japanese-buddhism.com/richard-gere-buddhist.html#sthash.4XcrciX7.dpuf
American actor Richard Gere (whose real name is Richard Tiffany Gere), winner of Emmy Awards and Golden Globes, has another identity in the world of spiritualism, far apart from the rest of the worldly life and fame. He is a Buddhist.

Richard Gere and the Dalai Lama

Gere, who was raised by Methodist parents, began his search for the beauty of tranquility in 1978 when he was traveling in Nepal with a Brazilian painter named Sylvia Martins. Since then, he became an active supporter of his holiness the Dalai Lama who leads religious officials of the ‘Gelug’ branch of Tibetan Buddhism.

Tibetan Buddhism is composed of four principal schools, namely, ‘ the Nyingma (ancient) School’, ‘ the Sakya School ’, ‘ the Kagyu (Oral Tradition) School’, ‘ the Gelug (Tradition of Virtue, sometimes known as the 'Yellow Hat') School’. Tsongkhapa is the pioneer of this last born ‘Gelug’ Tibetan Buddhism school.

After spending around 20 years studying with Nyingma, Sakya, Kagyu and Kadam (Oral Instruction) teachers, the concept of ‘Gelug’ came into being through the insight of Tsongkhapa in the early fifteenth century.
- See more at: http://www.japanese-buddhism.com/richard-gere-buddhist.html#sthash.4XcrciX7.dpuf

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