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Mahayana

The Mahayana teachings became popular after the new millennium and continued to spread throughout Asia in the first century C.E. Over the following centuries, the teachings became a very strong presence in countries throughout Asia, including Tibet. Buddhist teaching spread along trading routes such as the silk route.

In India and surrounding countries, great Mahayana teaching masters such as Nagarjuna, Bhavya, Jnanagarbha, Aryadeva, Asanga, Vasubandhu, Dignaga, Dharmakirti, Tilopa and Naropa became famous. Buddhism reached its height in China by the fourth century.

The Mahayana path is the way of the Bodhisattva who attains Buddhahood for the sake of all sentient beings.  The emphasis is on compassion and the altruistic path of attaining enlightenment for the benefit of others and the practice of the six paramitas.  The six paramitas are: generosity, moral conduct, forbearance, diligence, meditative concentration and wisdom. 

How do we develop this wisdom? Through studying, contemplating and meditating.

Again understanding emptiness is essential to realization.

As it is explained in , UNé-¥ä-”P , - ‘do de gyän’ - ‘The Sutralamkara’, the term ‘Great’ in the name ‘Great Vehicle’ is justified because this vehicle has seven great qualities:
‘mig pa chen po’ - ‘great perspective’;
‘drub pa chen po’ - ‘great accomplishment’;
‘ye shey chen po’ - ‘great wisdom’;
‘tsön drü tsom pa chen po’ - ‘great composition of perseverance’;
‘thab la khay pa chen po’ - ‘great skill in method’;
‘yang dag drub pa chen po’ - ‘great accomplishing of the authentic’;
‘thrin lay chen po’ - ‘great enlightened activity’.
It is said that anything having all of these "greats" is then called ‘theg pa chen po’ - ‘Great Vehicle’.

As it is explained in the do-de-gyän(Tib). - Sutralamkara(Skt.), the term ‘Great’ in the name ‘Great Vehicle’ is justified because this vehicle has seven great qualities: 

  1. mig pa chen po - ‘great perspective’;
  2. drub pa chen po - ‘great accomplishment’;
  3. ye shey chen po - ‘great wisdom’;
  4. tsön drü tsom pa chen po - ‘great composition of perseverance’;
  5. thab la khay pa chen po - ‘great skill in method’;
  6. yang dag drub pa chen po - ‘great accomplishing of the authentic’;
  7. thrin lay chen po - ‘great enlightened activity’.
It is said that anything having all of these "greats" is then called ‘theg pa chen po’ - ‘Great Vehicle’.

LEGAL SETUP

All Religious activities held at "TNG Centre®" are operated under a French Cultual Association 1905. All other non-religious activities such as hosting cultural events and seminars, are operated by Association 1901 DRA TAGPA RITRU®, legally registered and audited since February 2000.

VISITING US

TNG-Centre® is located in the South of France, near FOURTOU, a village of the "Haute Vallée des Corbières" in the French department of Aude.

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CREDITS

Concept : Philippe DANAUX aka Lama SANGYAY TENDZIN - BRUSSELS - B

Graphic design : Davide OPPIZZI - Dcube Agency® - Geneva - CH

Last Edit : February 2017 Laughing