Famous Buddhist Teachers

Lobsang Chokyi Gyaltsen | 4th Panchen Lama

Lobsang Chokyi Gyaltsen was born in a village called Drukgya in the Lhang valley, in Tsang, in either 1567 or 1570. The boy was recognized as the reincarnation of Ensapa Lobsang Döndrup (1505-1566) and given the name Chokyi Gyaltsen. With Tsang forces out of Lhasa, in 1622 Chokyi Gyaltsen was able to enthrone the Fifth Dalai Lama at Drepung. Chokyi Gyaltsen was given the title of Panchen Lama:

The Life of Atiśa | Full

The Life of Atiśa | Full: in 4 parts. 1. Childhood and Renunciation of Princely Life. When Atiśa was 18 months old, his parents held his first public audience at the local temple. Without any instruction, he prostrated to the venerable objects inside. As Atiśa grew older, his wish to become a mendicant monk increased ever stronger, but his parents had different expectations. Atiśa left the palace with 130 horsemen.

Atiśa Dīpaṁkara Śrījñāna

Atiśa Dīpaṁkara Śrījñāna (982-1054) was a Buddhist Bengali religious leader and master. Atiśa was one of the major figures in the spread of 11th century Mahāyāna and Vajrayāna Buddhism in Asia and inspired Buddhist thought from Tibet to Sumatra. Atiśa is recognised as one of the greatest figures of classical Buddhism, and the founder of the Kadampa School, one of the New Translation schools of Tibetan Buddhism.

Aśoka | Mauryan Emperor

Aśoka (Ashoka), the 3rd Ruler of the Indian Mauryan Empire, became a model of Kingship for Buddhists everywhere: Aśoka is known today for the Edicts he had inscribed on pillars and rock faces throughout his kingdom, and through the legends told about him in various Buddhist sources. Aśoka is said to purify the teaching by convening the Third Buddhist council, following which he sends missionary-monks to various lands.

Asanga founder of Yogacara Buddhism

Asaṅga (ca. 320-ca. 390) is regarded as the founder of the Yogācāra tradition of Mahāyāna philosophy. Asaṅga spent many years in serious meditation and often visited Tuṣita Heaven to receive teachings from Maitreya Bodhisattva. At night he went up to the place of Maitreya Bodhisattva in Tuṣita Heaven to learn the Yogācāra-bhūmi-śāstra and other elevated teachings.; in the daytime, he lectured on the marvellous principles to a great audience.

Vasubandhu life & works

Vasubandhu life & works. Vasubandhu was a prominent Buddhist teacher and one of the most important figures in the development of Mahāyāna Buddhism in India. He wrote commentaries on many Śāstras, works on logic, devotional poetry, works on Abhidharma classifications, as well as original and innovative philosophical treatises. He is admired as co-founder of the Yogācāra school, his pre-Yogācāra works, such as the Abhidharmakośa are considered masterpieces.

Milarepa | Songs of Milarepa

Outside the land of Tibet where the stories and songs of Milarepa (c. 1052 – c. 1135 CE) are very well-known and loved, far too little is known of this great Buddhist sage. The 60 songs of Milarepa, published here all concern that Dhamma which is common to the whole Buddhist tradition. Everyone who has read some of Lord Buddha's Discourses in the Pali Canon will find the subject matter here familiar to them.

Gampopa | The founder of Kagyu

Prior to endless aeons when Lord Gampopa was a Bodhisattva, he accumulated the immeasurable merits (accumulation of virtues and accumulation of insight) in the presence of many Buddhas. He received all the definitive teachings from Tathāgata Śākyamuni Buddha. Later then, by the name of the Jīvaka (Bhikṣu Physician) he was known to the people of Tibet. He lived with 500 perfect and imperfect disciples, receiving the knowledge of all Buddhas (father and mother Buddhas).

Buddha-Carita | Aśvaghoṣa

The Buddha-carita (Buddha’s Life) is a complete biography of Buddha Śākyamuni, from his birth until after his death, when his relics were distributed. The text was composed by Aśvaghoṣa (early second century C.E.), the main author of Kāvya literature (poetic prose or ornate poetry) before Kālidāsa (late fourth–early fifth century C.E.). The author, Aśvaghoṣa, was a Brāhman from Sāketa in Central India who converted to Sarvāstivāda Buddhism. He was deeply influenced by the ideas of the Mahāsanghikas.

Life of Buddha Shakyamuni

On the eve of Vesakha in 588 BC, while meditating with mind tranquillized and purified, in the first watch of night (6pm-10pm)Siddhartha Śākyamuni developed that supernormal knowledge which enabled him to remember his past lives. In the second watch (10pm-2am), Buddha developed the clairvoyant supernormal vision, which enabled him to see the death and rebirth of beings. In the last watch (2am-6am), he developed the supernormal knowledge with regard to destruction of defilements and comprehending things as they truly are, realized the Four Noble Truths, thus attaining Perfect Enlightenment.