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Sbas yul 'bras mo ljongs: the Hidden Valley of Sikkim
This is an account of Sikkim as a hidden land (sbas yul) compiled from Tibetan source materials and translated into English. It explains some of the religious history of Sikkim (’bras mo l...
Secularism and the Buddhist Monastery of Pemayangtse in Sikkim
This article is an in-depth study of the Pemayangtse (pad ma yang rtse) monastery in Sikkim. It explores the historical relationship between the monastery and the religious monarchy of Sikkim. ...
Kaḥ thog pa bSod nams rGyal mtshan (1466-1540) and His Activities in Sikkim and Bhutan
This article explores the life of Katokpa Sönam Gyeltsen (kaḥ thog pa bsod nams rgyal mtshan) based on his autobiography titled Dri med yid bzhin nor bu'i phreng ba (Rosary of Stainless W...
'That he May Take Due Pride in the Empire to Which He Belongs': The Education of Maharajah Kumar Sidkeon Namgyal Tulku of Sikkim
This article traces the life and education of the Crown Prince (Kumar) of Sikkim, Sidkeon Namgyal. He grew up at a turbulent time, with Sikkim coming under increasing control of the British. The artic...
Constructing Sikkimese National Identity in the 1960s and 1970s
This article explores the conscious creation of a national identity within Sikkim before it became part of India in 1975. It reviews theories of national identity construction and how those apply to t...
The Brag dkar pa Family and g.Yang thang rDzong: An Example of Internal Alliances in Sikkim
This article focuses on relations between Tibet and Sikkim during the later half of the 18th century. The second half of the 18th century was a time when Nepal was actively engaged in military efforts...
A Pilgrim's Guide to the Hidden Land of Sikkim Proclaimed as a Treasure by Rig 'dzin rgod kyi ldem 'phru can
This is an English translation of the treasure text (gter ma) Rdo rje nyi ma’i gnas yig gsang ba’i dkar chag. The text gives fantastic accounts of the creation of the sacred sites in...
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...
Sikkim: the Hidden Holy Land and Its Sacred Lakes
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Promotion of Sanskrit Studies in Sikkim
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