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A Preliminary Study of Chapter Six of the gZer-mig
The article looks at chapter six of the Zermik (Gzer-mig) in order to draw attention to the structural and topical similarties between the Zermik and other traditional narratives. The a...
The Construction of Ladakhi Houses in the Indus Valley
The paper outlines the building process of Ladakhi houses in the Indus Valley. Using stone, earth, and wood, the homes are often built on top of old foundations. The houses have to be built in a rat...
Some Preliminary Considerations Arising from a Biographical Study of the Early gter-ston
The article investigates potential causes for some of the discontinuities that are present in biographical accounts of Buddhist tertön (gter ston).
Khrom: Administrative Units of the Tibetan Empire in the 7th-9th Centuries
The article attempts to determine the varied meanings of the Tibetan word khrom, which has been translated as "mart, town, city, ville, or population." An attempt is also made to arrive at an u...
Preliminary Results from a Study of Two Rasāyana Systems in Indo-Tibetan Esoterism
The article looks at two different systems of alchemy as they are found in Ningma (rNying-ma) literature in an attempt to shed light on the role of alchemy and medicine in Tantrism. (Mark Premo-Hopki...
Tsong-kha-pa on kun-rdzob bden-pa
This article looks at Tsongkhapa's writings on the Buddhist understanding of kunẓob denpa (kun-rdzob bden-pa), or conventional truth. (Mark Premo-Hopkins 2004-04-20)
Lama Tribute in the Ming Dynasty
The article looks at specifically at Lama tribute during the Ming dynasty to measure the validity of some scholars' opinions that Tibet was a Chinese vassal state during the time. (Mark Premo-Hopkins...
Notes on the Tibetan Kinship Term dbon
The article looks at the problematics of defining and translating the term wön (dbon), since it can mean either grandchild or sibling's child. (Mark Premo-Hopkins 2004-04-20)
Glosses on the Oeuvre of bla-ma 'Phags-pa: On the Activity of Sa-skya Paṇḍita
The article looks at sources written about Sakya Paṇḍita (Sa-skya Paṇḍita) by his nephew. With most current information coming from post facto Tibetan sources, these contemporary writings con...
The Development of Currency in Tibet
This article looks at how most TIbetan transactions were handled by means of barter until contact between Tibet and China increased during the 13th century. Up until this point currency was only somt...
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