Culture & History
Posts about Buddhist culture and history
Nalanda University ནཱ་ལེནྡྲ་ in India was the largest and most known of the ancient Indian monastic universities. The Nalanda monastery is associated with some of the greatest figures in Mahayana Buddhism. These prominent are known as the Seventeen Great Masters (Pandits) Nalanda Monastery.
The Tibetan creation myth is a beautiful story about how humanity came to be through the union of a monkey (Pha Trelgen Changchup Sempa ཕ་སྤྲེལ་རྒན་བྱང་ཆུབ་སེམས་པ།) and a female demon. Pha means “father” in the Tibetan language, Trelgen is “old monkey” and Changchup Sempa is the bodhisattva’s enlightened mind.
Regardless of where you live or where you’re from, you have probably seen the “Laughing Buddha” at one point in your life. It is a statue, generally gold, that has a description of a portly bald man laughing on it. But what (and who) exactly is it and what is the meaning of The Laughing Buddha?