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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...
'Lama to the King of Hsia'
This article explores the relationship between the Tangut court and Tibetan lamas, particularly those of various Kagyü (bka' brgyud) orders. Toward the end of the Tangut Empire's existence, Ti...
Tibetan Sciences at the Court of the Great Khans
Beckwith demonstrates in this article that the Mongol rulers favored Tibetan lamas at their courts because of their skill in the fields of medicine, astrology, and letters. The willingness and ability...
Tibetan Expertise in Sanskrit Grammar – A Case Study: Grammatical Analysis of the Term Pratītya–samutpāda
This article compares the grammatical analysis of the Sanskrit term pratītya-samutpāda by Tibetans during the first (8th-9th centuries) and second (13th-14th centuries) translation periods. T...
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...
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. ...
Sūtra-style Consecration in Tibet and its Importance for Understanding the Historical Development of the Indo-Tibetan Consecration Ritual for Sūtra and Images
This article discusses the consecration ritual (rab gnas cho ga) of Tibetan Buddhism in which images, stūpas (mchod rten), and other objects are ritually transformed into objects of worship. Co...
Sa-skya Paṇḍita's Letter to the Tibetans: A Late and Dubious Addition to His Collected Works
This brief article investigates the authenticity of a letter attributed to Sakya Paṇḍita (sa skya paN+Dita). The letter, titled Bu slob rnams la spring ba, has been cited by several ...
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...
deb ther sngon po
deb ther sngon po (The Blue Annals) is a highly-regarded history of Tibetan Buddhist lineages and sectarian traditions. It is remarkable for its ecumenical perspective and comprehensiven...
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