Instructor, Michael Mullooly, MA
Tibetan Buddhism or “Tantric Buddhism” is an esoteric school of Buddhism. One must be initiated into its secret teachings. In this class we explore the history and development of the Tantric path. We analyze the spiritual practices and colorful personalities of the four great schools of Tibetan Buddhism: Nyingma, Kagyu, Sakya, and Geluk -- the Dalai Lama’s own sect. We delve into the Tibetan Book of the Dead, and journey through the Tibetan understanding of re-incarnation and the afterlife. We devote frequent excursions to the fascinating world of Tibetan Buddhist iconography, and make friends with its peaceful deities as well as its wrathful yidams. Join us to increase your understanding of an intriguing spiritual path which has captivated the imagination of an American celebrity like Richard Gere, and has made the exiled leader of Tibet, the Dalai Lama, the darling of the media world.