Guhyasamājatantra:Nyo tradition

Introduction The Guhyasamājatantra known in Tibetan as gsang ‘dus rtsa rgyud is one of the most important and influential later Indian Buddhist tantra. It was translated by śraddhākaravarman[1] and Lotsawa Rinchen Zangpo (958-1055) at around 1002. It has 18 chapters. The Guhyasamājatantra  is the principal scripture of the yogottaratantra or rnal ’byor bla na med [...]

Raw thoughts on Durkheim’s “Definition of Religious Phenomenon and Religion”

In Durkheim’s Elementary Forms of Religious Life, he concludes the first chapter “Definition of Religious Phenomenon and of Religion”, saying that “religion should be an eminently collective thing”. He comes to this conclusion arguing about the concept of ritual and belief,  sacred and profane, and magic and religion. For him the defining  mark of religious [...]

Traksad Mahākāla: gnyos lugs ma

It is a great rejoice to receive a picture of Traksad Mahākāla of gnyos tradition from a Chinese friend today. The empowerment and transmission of Traksad gnyos lugs ma, which started from the great Nyö Lotsawa Yonten Dragpa(973-1113) is very alive in Jonang today. The unbroken transmission of it is lived through Nyö Gyalwa Lhanangpa [...]