Tibetan Culture

Tibetan buddhism
Tibetan Buddhism
tibetan monasteries
Tibetan Monasteries
tibetan people
Tibetan People
tibetan new year
Tibetan New Year
Tibetan history
Tibetan History
Tibetan food
Tibetan Food

As a member of the great family of the Chinese nation, the Tibetan people have created and developed a distinctive culture in the long history of continuous exchange and mutual absorption from the culture of other ethnic groups. The Tibetan culture has always been a pearl both in the Chinese culture and world culture. The Tibetan culture was formed gradually by the integration of the Turk culture in the Yarlung Zangbo River basins and ancient Xiangxiong culture in the west region of the Qinghai-Tibet Plateau.

In the 7th century, Buddhism was introduced into Tibet from mainland China, India and Nepal, and gradually developed into a distinctive Tibetan Buddhism. At the same time, the India and Nepal culture of South Asia, Persian culture and Arab culture in West Asia also influenced Tibetan culture in a significant way. Due to the profound influence of Buddhism, the 14th Dalai Lama always describes Tibetan culture as Tibetan Buddhism culture.

After a long period of development, Tibetan architecture, sculpture, painting, opera, language, writing, and medicine achieved a high level.

Tibetan Tea

Tea in Tibet is said to have been brought by Princess Wencheng as a dowry. Throughout history, the people here have developed a Tibetan diet, among which buttered tea is a wholesome drink known for its nutrition and unique making method. Buttered tea can produce high calories, which can prevent cold in elevated regions. It is a very suitable tea in Tibet. Until now, the tea culture on the Tibetan Plateau has developed over one thousand years.

Buttered tea, with unique Tibetan ethnic characteristics, has been integrated into the social customs, etiquette, and daily life. Drinking a bottle of tea is an indispensable part of Tibetan social life. Tibetan people will serve up a cup of buttered tea to guests from far away, which is a custom in Tibet and shows respectful, harmonious, and peaceful relief in their life. In the hall of the railway station or airport, it is common to find people carrying warm water bottles filled with buttered tea to see their relatives or friends off. To celebrate the new birth of a baby, friends, or family will bring the buttered tea as a gift. In the hospital, a bottle of buttered tea can comfort a patient much.

Tibetan Opera

Due to the differences in natural conditions, customs, cultural traditions, and dialects across the Qinghai-Tibet Plateau, Tibetan Opera has developed into several varieties and schools. Tibetan Opera originated from 600 years ago, 400 years earlier than Beijing Opera, so it’s been called the living fossil. The art of Tibetan opera was derived from Tibetan opera, which is spread by the monks and pilgrims to the Tibetan areas in Qinghai, Gansu, Sichuan, and Yunnan. It’s also been circulated to India and Bhutan.

There are many kinds of Tibetan Opera, and the mainstream is the blue mask opera. The traditional performance of this blue mask opera is divided into three parts. The first part is the open ceremony called “Dun”, actors performing the sacrificial songs and dances. The second part is called “Xiong”, actors playing the history story or legend. The third part is a greeting part called “Taxi” which means blessing. The actors never make up, and they only wear a mask to perform from the beginning to the end.

Under the restrictions of religion, Tibetan culture has been less influenced by the mainland and keeps its original features. You can enjoy the Tibetan Opera during festivals and celebrations.

Prayer Flag

Prayer flags were used as talismans to protect Tibetans during the war, starting from Bon religion. It’s printed with the Buddhist scriptures. The locals believe every time the prayer flags blowing in the wind; it means chanting sutras once and conveying good wishes. For this reason, long prayer flags are tied to windy places, such as high passes and riverside; short prayer flags are tied on the branches of trees in the front of squares and monasteries.

They decorated the images of snow lion, dragon, and tiger on the flag. Gradually, prayer flags become one of the parts of Tibetan Buddhism and add prayers or messages of hope and peace. There are five different colors of Tibetan prayers flags with different significant meanings, blue standing for wind, white for air, red for fire, green for water, and yellow for earth. Prayer flags should be updated every year, and the date to change the prayer flags is based on the Tibetan Calendar.

Sky Burial

Sky burial is a traditional way of burial in Tibet. After death, the body will be dismembered and taken to a particular place to feed vultures (or other birds, animals, etc.). It is not the only kind of burial, but it is the most popular way to dispatch the dead in Tibet.

Tibetans are devoted their lives to Buddhism and believe that death only separates the body and the immortal soul. The core of the sky burial is immortality and reincarnation. Sky burial is highly regarded by Tibetans, as they believe that feeding vultures with the discarded body is the most honorable gift, reflecting the highest realm of Mahayana Buddhism - devoting. It’s not like some tourism guide book mentioned that sky burial’s a way to send the soul-spirit to heaven. There’s no such saying in Tibetan Buddhism.

Sand Mandala

Sand Mandala, དཀྱིལ་འཁོར། in Tibetan, is the most exquisite Buddhist art in Tibet. The monks in the monastery use colorful sand to paint their ideal Buddhist world in significant religious events. They may paint it for several days or even months.

However, the masterpiece with monks’ great efforts is not used to show off their beauty to people. The Buddhist world painted by sand will be swept away once it's finished without any hesitation. Colorful sand will be put into bottles and dumped into the river.

Some explain that the theme of Sand Mandala is to show the illusion of the world. For Lama, they only destroy the external paintings and firmly keep their inner Mandala. It also shows the transience of life.

Tibet customs

Tibet Customs and Traditions

A guide to Tibetan customs and traditions for visitors covering greetings, etiquette, eating, drinking, tea culture, sky burial, and more travel advice.

Tibetan Kasaya

Tibetan Buddhist Monastic Robe - Kasaya

Tibet has rich cultures where you can find authentic traditions of Buddhists in every element of the place. It was almost 2500 years back when Lord Buddha himself wore monastic robes. Check the history, meaning and various types of Kasaya in Tibet.

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Tibetan Cliff and Rock Carving

Tibet is a land with long history and rich traditional cultures. As one of the most important heritages from ancient time, Tibetan Cliff and Rock Carving is known for its unique style and exquisite appearance.

Tibetan Nomads with their horse.

Tibetan Nomads

Tibetan Nomads have found a way to survive in the extreme adversities to adapt to the climate conditions of cold temperatures and drought. We will show you more about their living environment, lifestyle, tent, as well as six famous Tibetan Prairies.

sky burial

The Tibet Sky Burial Custom

Sky Burial is a traditional funeral ritual, which the dead body is consecrated to the vultures in a certain sky burial platform. It has a close relationship with Tibetan Buddhism, and there some taboos about sky burial which you don’t know.

Sand Mandalas

Sand Mandalas: A Exquisite Tibetan Buddhist Sand Art

Sand Mandala is an exquisite Tibetan Buddhist sand art that shows you the profound philosophy of the Buddhist idea of the universe and life. The making of a sand mandala comes from the ancient Tibetan Buddhist tradition. The creation involves several monks and long procedures.

butter sculpture

Tibetan Butter Sculpture

Tibetan Butter Sculpture is a special form of art made of ghee. It's widely used as offerings by Tibetan Buddhism. It's also an important feature of Tibetan culture.

Triten Norbutse

Bon—The Indigenous Religion of Tibet

Tourist introduction to Bonismo. Bon, as a Tibetan indigenous religion, after centuries of evolution, it's now officially recognized as a religious group with equal rights as the Buddhist schools. Tibetan Buddhism is derived from Bon and Buddhism. See more details.

Monks of Gelug Sect

The Gelug School of Tibetan Buddhism

The Gelug Sect is a Tibetan Buddhist denomination. Tibetan Gelug means good at constraints in Tibetan. The school emphasizes strict observance of the Buddhism law, hence its name.

Tibetan Buddhism

Tibetan Buddhism

Tibetan Buddhism is very important to Tibetan people as it affects every aspect of their lives. Here's the brief introduction of the beginning, development, and schools of Tibetan Buddhism to help travelers understand Tibetan culture better.

The Tibetan monks get along well with each other, they usually joking with each other and teasing each other

Tibetan Monks

Tibetan Monks are a kind of mysterious groups in Tibetan Buddhism. Have you ever imagined the inside picture of Buddhist monasteries? Here's a brief introduction about the scholastic and daily life of Tibetan monks, as well as the living Buddhas.

Tibet History

Tibet History

The history of Tibet including: Imperial age (602-842), Era of fragmentation, Sakya Rule, Pazhu Regime, Collapse of Serfdom, and Establishment of Tibet Autonomous Region.

Tibetan Languge

Tibetan Language

Tibetan language is referred to as Bodic or Tibetic language. Now, it's widely used in the northern part of India, Nepal, and Bhutan. We will brief introduce the history, alphabets, notable features, words and grammar of Tibetan language.

We’ve listed 10 of the most visited Tibetan monasteries.

Top 10 Tibetan Monasteries

Visiting various Tibetan monasteries would be part of your Tibet trip. Here's the list of the top 10 Tibetan Buddhism Monastery, from which You can not only see the marvelous religious artworks, but also discover the spiritual home of Tibetan people.

Longda blessing

Unveiling the Mystery of Longda

Many people scatter scraps of paper into the sky for the purpose of seeking blessing from the God. Those scraps of paper are called Longda. Longda is printed with lection and patterns.

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Tibetan People

Tibetan people always keep a mysterious veil to the public. Here's an introduction of Tibetan people from their lifestyle, history, robes, inhabitants, food, architecture, occupational life, hada, language, religion and entertainment.

prayer flag

Tibetan Prayer Flags

When you travel to Tibet, you will see Tibetan prayer flags at the passes of mountains, banks of rivers, sides of roads, etc.. It's a kind of symbol of the local culture. Everything from the color and words holds meaning.

Thangka is a traditional Tibetan painting art form.

Tibetan Thangka

Tibetan thangka is a kind of scroll painting decorated with colored satin, with distinct national characteristics, strong religious color and unique artistic style, which has always been regarded as a treasure by people. It is also a valuable resource for the study of ancient painting.

 The 8 Auspicious Symbols of Buddhism includes 8 subjects.

8 Auspicious Symbols of Tibetan Buddhism

Buddhism is the main religion in Tibet, and it has a deep impression on Tibetans' lives. If you travel to Tibet, you will see the the eight Auspicious Symbols of Buddhism, but what's the significance of them?

Tibetan Calendar

Tibetan Calendar

As the crystallization of Tibetan wisdom and experience, Tibetan Calendar is widely used in the roof of the world and some other places with the old tradition. You can learn more about Tibetan Culture from this very useful tool.

Gongbu New Year

What Tibetan Festival You Can Expect for the Rest of 2017

Taking part in a Tibetan Festival is a very good way to explore Tibetan culture during your Tibet tours. The most time of 2017 has already passed, so, what else of Tibetan Festivals you can still expect in this year?

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