Lamas, Rituals, and Aspirations: Tibetan Buddhism Explained – Part 1

When Western scholars began to study Tibetan Buddhism decades ago, they called it ‘Lamaism’ because of its emphasis on the role of the teacher as a spiritual guide for the aspiring student. But what is a Lama? And what is the function of ritual and aspiration in the Tibetan Buddhist path? This talk explores these questions and opens the door to understanding Tibetan Buddhist theory and practice.