Variants of the Rudra Subjugation Myth: Contrasting Themes in the Legends of Mahākāla and Vajrabhairava (Transcript)
Tibetan Graduate Studies Seminar
by Cameron Bailey
2w ago
Cameron Bailey's talk on wrathful deities and their myths While the Rudra/Maheśvara subjugation myth is well known in Tantric Studies there exist a great number of variant retellings of it in the Tibetan literary record which have largely been overlooked by scholarship. This presentation will discuss two cycles of less-well known versions of this centrally important tantric charter myth, one from the Nyingma tradition of Tibetan Buddhism, centring on a form of Mahākāla and the other from the Sarma tradition, focused on Vajrabhairava. I argue that these two versions of the myth in fact present ..read more
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Variants of the Rudra Subjugation Myth: Contrasting Themes in the Legends of Mahākāla and Vajrabhairava
Tibetan Graduate Studies Seminar
by Cameron Bailey
2w ago
Cameron Bailey's talk on wrathful deities and their myths While the Rudra/Maheśvara subjugation myth is well known in Tantric Studies there exist a great number of variant retellings of it in the Tibetan literary record which have largely been overlooked by scholarship. This presentation will discuss two cycles of less-well known versions of this centrally important tantric charter myth, one from the Nyingma tradition of Tibetan Buddhism, centring on a form of Mahākāla and the other from the Sarma tradition, focused on Vajrabhairava. I argue that these two versions of the myth in fact present ..read more
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The Rise of Guru Yoga in Twelfth-Century Tibet
Tibetan Graduate Studies Seminar
by Zim Pickens
2M ago
Zim Pickens looks at the origins of guru or lama worship in Tibet, introducing us to the Indian antecedents and the Tibetan emphasis on the role and status of the lama. In the twelfth century, Indian and Tibetan Buddhist authors drew from doctrinal and scriptural sources to promote new rites for worshipping the guru in the manner of a buddha. First, we will examine how Anupamavajra and Sa skya Paṇḍita cite earlier models for relating to a guru—performing acts of service and following commands—to respectively argue that the gurumaṇḍala and guru yoga (bla ma’i rnal ‘byor) rites are in keeping wi ..read more
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Treasure Hunting in the Philippine Islands
Tibetan Graduate Studies Seminar
by Piers Kelly
3M ago
Where to Look for the Missing Plunder of Pirates, Ghosts, Rebels, Fairies, Colonisers, and Dictators Lost treasure is a recurrent motif in Philippine folklore. Treasure-seeking heroes are ordinary individuals who seek access to riches that have fallen under the jurisdiction of supernatural entities. Yet success is by no means guaranteed. Claimants may be undone by their own moral failings or by the superior power of outside antagonists, often in the guise of colonial authorities. At the same time treasure stories have the capacity to inspire optimism. By cooperating with supernatural agents an ..read more
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Treasure Traditions in Greece (Transcript)
Tibetan Graduate Studies Seminar
by Charles Stewart
3M ago
Charles Stewart's surveys the diversity of treasure traditions in Greece In this talk I will survey the diversity of treasure traditions in Greece. Treasures may take many forms beyond objects buried with the intention of later recovery by their owners. In general, treasures are valuables currently hidden and thus mainly objects of the imagination, the location of which may be revealed in mystical revelations, sometimes in dreams. Treasures may be guarded by spirits and difficult to recover. The search for them may be anti-social or criminal. Treasures, I contend, are like rivets holding the p ..read more
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Treasure Traditions in Greece
Tibetan Graduate Studies Seminar
by Charles Stewart
3M ago
Charles Stewart's surveys the diversity of treasure traditions in Greece In this talk I will survey the diversity of treasure traditions in Greece. Treasures may take many forms beyond objects buried with the intention of later recovery by their owners. In general, treasures are valuables currently hidden and thus mainly objects of the imagination, the location of which may be revealed in mystical revelations, sometimes in dreams. Treasures may be guarded by spirits and difficult to recover. The search for them may be anti-social or criminal. Treasures, I contend, are like rivets holding the p ..read more
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'Tibetanness' in Dharamsala - how does the youngest generation of artists define their identity?
Tibetan Graduate Studies Seminar
by Paulina Koniuch
3M ago
Paulina Koniuch introduces us to the latest Tibetan art trends in social media and how Tibetan identities are negotiated Expressing one’s identity while living in exile is no easy task, but young Tibetans around the world are finding new ways to communicate their views and needs, one of which is through art. The rise of the popularity of social media, especially during the Covid pandemic, made it much easier to reach an international audience and facilitated the exchange of cultural ideas.Based on field research among the youngest generation of contemporary artists, the talk will highlight var ..read more
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The Dharmabhāṇaka’s Body and the Ontologization of Authority (Transcript)
Tibetan Graduate Studies Seminar
by Natalie Gummer
3M ago
This talk by Natalie Gummer explores the role of Dharmabhāṇaka – those who recite the Dharma – in Mahāyāna Sutras In this presentation, Natalie Gummer looks at the “Chapter on the Benefits to the Performer of the Dharma” (dharmabhāṇakānuśaṃsāparivartaḥ) in the Saddharmapuṇḍarīka (Lotus Sūtra), in which the Buddha proclaims the many remarkable transformations that will take place in the six sense faculties of the performer of the dharma (dharmabhāṇaka). Her analysis of this chapter clarifies the sūtra’s normative vision both for the self-referential performance of the dharmabhāṇaka and for the ..read more
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Displacement: Tibetan Buddhist Contributions to the International Humanitarian Field
Tibetan Graduate Studies Seminar
by Christina Kilby
3M ago
Dr Kilby's talk explores Tibetan Buddhist perspectives on displacement that can inform the international humanitarian response to the displacement crisis The world’s displaced population breaks new records each year and has now climbed to more than 100 million people. What insights can Buddhist traditions—and Tibetan traditions in particular—offer for addressing this humanitarian challenge? Dr Kilby draws on texts and ethnographies to offer some Tibetan Buddhist perspectives on displacement, both historical and contemporary, that can inform the international humanitarian response to the displa ..read more
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Dharmabhāṇakas, Siddhas, Avatārakasiddhas, and gTer stons
Tibetan Graduate Studies Seminar
by Robert Mayer
8M ago
This lecture offers a new look at the origins of Gter ma literature in an intertextual framework. Academic authors on the origins of gter ma have generally agreed that the evolution of the gter ma traditions in Tibet must be seen as a confluence of both Indian and Tibetan influences. Yet surprisingly little effort has so far gone into researching the Indian influences. Drawing inter alia on Paul Harrison's work on the Pratyutpanna-buddha-saṃmukhāvasthita-samādhi-sūtra and Śāntideva’s Śikṣāsamuccaya, Ulrike Roesler's work on the early Bka' gdams pa tradition in Tibet, John Nemec's work on ..read more
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