আমার বন্ধুর PROBAT (Statement / saying) Of The Month

“Karo Poush Maash, Karo Shorbonash” (“This is a happy time of the Harvest for one, it is complete devastation for someone else”)

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Famous Personality

History

Atisha (982-1054) the famous Bengali Buddhist Scholar was also known as Atisha Dipamkara Srijana. Atisha’s teaching had a profound impact on Tibetan Buddhist philosophy and practice as he was instrumental in revising the entire Tibetan system of chronology.

Atisha was famous both for  the stand he took in favour of religious reform and for possessing vast knowledge of Buddhist teachings. By emphasizing celibacy, strict practice and by teaching the Buddhist system known as Tantra he worked to purify the monastic community known as “Sangha”.  Atisha worked with Tibetan Buddhist scholar Rin-chen bzang-po, and produced Tibetan translations of many Indian Buddhist “sutras” (religious texts). His primary writing in this period was the “Bodhipathapradipa” (Lamp for the Way of Enlightenment), a set of guidelines for reform. His chief disciple was `Brom-ston, a wealthy layman, who founded the bKa-gdams sect the first Tibetan Buddhist sect with a clear historical record. Atisha`s work greatly influenced later Buddhists, especially Tibetan scholar Tsong-kha-pa and the Gelugpa schoo

“Karo Poush Maash, Karo Shorbonash” (“This is a happy time of the Harvest for one, it is complete devastation for someone else”)

Famous Personality

History

Atisha (982-1054) the famous Bengali Buddhist Scholar was also known as Atisha Dipamkara Srijana. Atisha’s teaching had a profound impact on Tibetan Buddhist philosophy and practice as he was instrumental in revising the entire Tibetan system of chronology.

Atisha was famous both for  the stand he took in favour of religious reform and for possessing vast knowledge of Buddhist teachings. By emphasizing celibacy, strict practice and by teaching the Buddhist system known as Tantra he worked to purify the monastic community known as “Sangha”.  Atisha worked with Tibetan Buddhist scholar Rin-chen bzang-po, and produced Tibetan translations of many Indian Buddhist “sutras” (religious texts). His primary writing in this period was the “Bodhipathapradipa” (Lamp for the Way of Enlightenment), a set of guidelines for reform. His chief disciple was `Brom-ston, a wealthy layman, who founded the bKa-gdams sect the first Tibetan Buddhist sect with a clear historical record. Atisha`s work greatly influenced later Buddhists, especially Tibetan scholar Tsong-kha-pa and the Gelugpa school.

Atisha wrote Lamp for the Path, the original Lamrim text that served as the basis for all subsequent Lamrim instructions. The revival of pure Buddhist practice in Tibet at this time was largely due to Atisha. The followers of Atisha are known as Kadampas. In the word kadampa, ka means word and refers to Buddha’s teachings, and dam means personal instruction and refers to Atisha’s special Lamrim instructions, known as the stages of the path.

Atisha`s parentage and place of birth vary according to the sources. Current scholarship trends indicate that Atisha was born in the Dhaka region of Bengal belonging to an aristocratic family where as earlier some sources indicate that he was born in the village of Vikramapura in the Dhaka region of Bengal, in India. Being a father of nine children, he eventually abandoned his aristocratic social position to pursue Buddhism. He eventually made his way to the monastic university of Vikramasila  by studying under many noted teachers including Buddhist scholars Naropa and Dharmapala.  Due to Atisha’s vast  knowledge of Buddhist teachings, he was invited to go to Tibet to help re-establish Buddhism in the wake of religious persecution by hostile Tibetan king gLang-dar-ma. In 1042 Atisha finally settled in Tibet and spent the final 12 years of his life engaging himself in religious reform.  When he passed away at the age of 73, his passing was marked by a great council of Tibetan Buddhists.

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Atisha wrote Lamp for the Path, the original Lamrim text that served as the basis for all subsequent Lamrim instructions. The revival of pure Buddhist practice in Tibet at this time was largely due to Atisha. The followers of Atisha are known as Kadampas. In the word kadampa, ka means word and refers to Buddha’s teachings, and dam means personal instruction and refers to Atisha’s special Lamrim instructions, known as the stages of the path.

Atisha`s parentage and place of birth vary according to the sources. Current scholarship trends indicate that Atisha was born in the Dhaka region of Bengal belonging to an aristocratic family where as earlier some sources indicate that he was born in the village of Vikramapura in the Dhaka region of Bengal, in India. Being a father of nine children, he eventually abandoned his aristocratic social position to pursue Buddhism. He eventually made his way to the monastic university of Vikramasila  by studying under many noted teachers including Buddhist scholars Naropa and Dharmapala.  Due to Atisha’s vast  knowledge of Buddhist teachings, he was invited to go to Tibet to help re-establish Buddhism in the wake of religious persecution by hostile Tibetan king gLang-dar-ma. In 1042 Atisha finally settled in Tibet and spent the final 12 years of his life engaging himself in religious reform.  When he passed away at the age of 73, his passing was marked by a great council of Tibetan Buddhists.

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