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The Early Education of Milarepa
This article attempts to piece together the identities of several of Milarepa's teachers before his meeting with Marpa, including a reading teacher, two teachers of black magic, and a Dzokchen teacher...
The Spiritual Heritage of Ma gcig Lab sgron
The article begins with a biographical sketch of Machik Labdrön (ma gcig lab sgron), and then explains the main aspects of the Buddhist practice, gcod or bdud kyi gchod yul, of which sh...
Two Early Sources for the History of the House of Sde-dge
In this article van der Kuijp compares Tibetan sources for the history of the royal family of Degé (sde dge). Two biographies written by a monk named Ugyenpa (u rgyan pa) in 1295 and 1304 respectivel...
The Historical Anecdotes of Kheng Nobilities
This article relies manly on oral sources in order to trace the history of the Kheng noble clans of Bhutan, including the Dung (gdung), Koche (kho che), Gadpo (rgad po), and Pönpo (dpon po). The poli...
རྣལ་འབྱོར་རྒྱུད་ཀྱི་རྒྱ་མཚོར་འཇུག་པའི་གྲུ་གཟིངས། (rnal 'byor rgyud kyi rgya mtshor 'jug pa'i gru gzings/)
This fourteenth-century text by Butön Rinchendrup, one of Tibet's greatest scholars, is a detailed introduction to the system of tantra known as Yoga Tantra. It includes a presentation and discussion...
Civilized Shamans: Buddhism in Tibetan Societies
Civilized Shamans examines the nature and evolution of religion in Tibetan societies from the ninth century up to the Chinese occupation in 1950. Samuel argues that religion in these societies develop...
Journal of the International Association of Tibetan Studies
The Journal of the International Association of Tibetan Studies (JIATS) is an online, scholarly, peer-reviewed journal. JIATS is an official publication of the International Association of Tibe...
Chronological Conundrums in the Life of Khyung po rnal ’byor: Hagiography and Historical Time
Traditional sources attribute to Khyung po rnal ’byor, the founder of the Shangs pa bka’ brgyud lineage, a lifespan of 150 years beginning in a tiger year, usually thought to be 978 or 990. A care...
Journal of the International Association of Tibetan Studies, Issue 1
This is the first issue of the Journal of the International Association of Tibetan Studies, edited by José Cabezón and released in October, 2005. (Than Garson 2005-09-22)
Birds in the Egg and Newborn Lion Cubs: Metaphors for the Potentialities and Limitations of 'All-at-once' Enlightenment
This article looks at the early uses of two metaphors for enlightenment, a bird still in the egg and a newborn lion, as well as later controversies surrounding the use and meaning of these metaphors. ...
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