Book Review: Luminous Mind

If you already have a basic understanding of Eastern philosophy, this book will be a great addition to the shelf for those looking to delve deeper into (Tibetan) Buddhism.

Although the Tibetan language is not part of the Indo-European language family, the foundations of Buddhism were created by Sanskrit speaking (IE) peoples, making it part of the greater IE religious family.

Gautama himself was of Indian upper-caste, a prince of a kingdom in modern day Nepal before renouncing worldly pursuits and reaching enlightenment at age 31.

This religion was brought into Tibet via many routes on the Silk Road, including regions like India, China, and Afghanistan.

Eventually, this financial abundance (due to the Silk Road) led to the creation of monasteries and monastic orders, establishing a unique blend of religion, philosophy, and practice in the region.

Tibetan Buddhism also has a lot of lingering shamanic and tantric elements involved in its practices, especially in the Vajrayana (thunderbolt vehicle) traditions.

This is due to close proximity with esoteric Shiva cults and also because of the ancient Bon religion of the Himalayas.

May this be of use to your study and practice.

Please feel free to add any thoughts or recommendations below.

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