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Tibetan Buddhist Literature and Praxis: Studies in its Formative Period, 900-1400. PIATS 2003: Proceedings of the Tenth Seminar of the International Association for Tibetan Studies, Oxford 2003. Volume 4.
Publisher’s Description: Collectively, the papers of this volume reveal the cultural dynamism of Tibet in the period between 900 and 1400CE, when the fundamental contours of Tibetan Buddhism ...
Penetrating the Secret Essence Tantra: Context and Philosophy in the Mahāyoga System of rNying-ma Tantra
This Ph.D. dissertation provides an introductory overview to the Mahāyoga system based on a general commentary on its root tantra, The Secret Essence. The first part contains five chapters on 1. Meth...
Origins of the Bumchu (bum chu) of Drakar Tashiding (brag dkar bkra shis sdings)
This article traces the history of the Bumchu (bum chu, water vase) which is kept at Tashiding (bkra shis sdings) monastery in Sikkim. The vase is said to have been used by Padmasambhava...
Religious Syncretism in 13th Century Tibet: The Limitless Ocean Cycle
The article raises questions about the sources of The Limitless Ocean Cycle. Normally attributed to Karmapa Rangjung Dorjé (karma pa rang byung rdo rje, 1284-1339), the article suggests that ...
The Rdzogs-chen in Its Earliest Text: A Manuscript from Tun-huang
This article investigates the origins of the Tibetan Buddhist doctrine of dzokchen (rdzogs chen). While both traditional accounts allow for an Indic origin, the article looks at a document from Tun-h...
rgyal ba kaH thog pa'i lo rgyus mdor bsdus
Katok Monastery is one of the oldest monasteries in eastern Tibet (khams; Baiyu County, Ganzi Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture, Sichuan Province). Founded in 1159 by Ka Dampa Deshek (kaH dam pa bde gsheg...
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