Young Yellow Hat monks assembling for morning chanting. Xiahe, Gansu Province. PHOTO BY JOAN LEBOLD COHEN.
Tibetan Buddhism is one of most important and rigorous living Buddhist traditions in the world. Its history can be traced back to the seventh century. Tibetan Buddhists have also developed their unique monastic rituals and scholastic tradition.
Although Tibetan Buddhism is known by many unofficial terms in numerous popular books, including Vajrayana (Vehicle of the