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Resources on Shamanism
« on: February 10, 2010, 12:41:25 pm »
As this section of the forum is empty, I thought I would kick off with some resources.  Please feel free to add anything!


Edit:  I should clarify that Shamanism is not restricted to practices within Tibetan Buddhism, so information on Shamanism in other countries would also be interesting IMHO.  Here is an interesting definition of Shamanism from Khandro.net:

What is a Shaman?

The term shaman is a word that has been used by  speakers of European languages only since the 1780s.  It was adopted from Turkic and Altaic (Turkoman and Siberian) but was not well understood.  As the spiritual views of less familiar cultures became better understood, it has come to be applied to any "medicine man" or "witch doctor" --  someone feared for his or her perceived ability to commune with spirits.   In a categorical  way, it is currently in use for almost anyone whose exceptional qualities, innate and/or learned, are used to benefit others within the context of a world view that includes several realms of existence, not only that of the visible or material reality.  

It is ironic to use the word shaman to refer to a non-Buddhist practitioner because Max Weber, renowned early twentieth-century sociologist and author of The Religion of India, traced the expression to east Turkestani pronunciation of an Indian word for an aspirant to a religious order; that is shramanera, the Sanskrit for "Buddhist novice monastic" [ie, monk or nun.]



RESOURCES:

SHAMANISM IN THE NATIVE
BON TRADITION OF TIBET:
By Tenzin Wangyal Rinpoche


http://www.jcrows.com/Bon.html


Book by the same author:
Healing with Form, Energy and Light
The Five Elements in Tibetan Shamanism, Tantra & Dzogchen  pub: Snow Lion Publications


Shamanism in Mongolia and Tibet:

http://www.iras.ucalgary.ca/~volk/sylvia/Magic.htm



Bonpo Dzogchen Teachings byLopon Tenzin Namoak  (whole book):


http://www.scribd.com/doc/22066162/Bonpo-Dzogchen-Teachings-Tibetan-Buddhism-Meditation



Writings on the Bon and pre-Bon history of Tibet and the introduction of Buddhism
From the Berzin Archives (writings of Tibetan Buddhist expert, Alexander Berzin):

http://www.berzinarchives.com/web/en/archives/study/history_buddhism/buddhism_tibet/details_tibetan_history/history_early_period_buddhism_tibet/Part_1.html

Tibetan Medicine

Terry Clifford, The Diamond Healing: Tibetan Buddhist Medicine and Psychiatry (1989)

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Diamond-Healing-Buddhist-Medicine-Psychiatry/dp/1852740469/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1271784341&sr=1-1
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« Reply #1 on: February 10, 2010, 04:06:12 pm »
Shamanism is not all drugs, magic, spirits and other such "rubbish".
Shamanism is a deeply spiritual connection with the natural world.
My involvement with shaman practices actually led me to Buddhism.  I was performing a form of Tonglen as a means of healing.  When I found that Tonglen is a Buddhist practice I was convinced of the value and merit in the Buddhist Path.
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« Reply #2 on: February 11, 2010, 06:08:59 am »
meez --
I suggest we set this thread to "sticky" since it ought be the main resource list for this subforum for some time to come.
Cheers,
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Some additions --

A short piece on Shamanism and Buddhism from the Buddhist Channel.  This might serve as a brief introduction for those of us new to the topic:

"Russia close-up: Shamans and Lamas guide Tyvinian people together"
http://www.buddhistchannel.tv/index.php?id=3,4813,0,0,1,0

Longer overview:

Folk Religion in Tibetan Culture.

"This essay was written in 2000 by James Standen Taylor at the Tyndale University College and Seminary as part of the required course work towards a Master of Theology degree. The class was entitled, ‘Folk religion and Religious Encounter’, and was taught by Dr. Stanley R. Dyer."
http://www.tibetanresearch.org/Shamanism.htm

BOOKS (titles and descriptions only)

Dreamworlds of Shamanism and Tibetan Buddhism: The Third Place
Angela Sumegi - Author
http://www.sunypress.edu/p-4616-dreamworlds-of-shamanism-and-ti.aspx


Civilized Shamans: Buddhism in Tibetan Societies (Smithsonian Series in Ethnographic Inquiry)
by Geoffrey Samuel
http://www.amazon.com/CIVILIZED-SHAMANS-Societies-Smithsonian-Ethnographic/dp/1560986204

Magic and Mystery in Tibet by Alexandra David-Neel :

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Magic-Mystery-Tibet-Alexandra-David-Neel/dp/0285637924/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1270743031&sr=1-1

This is a biographical account of her travels and discoveries.



Chöd in the Ganden Tradition: The Oral Instructions of Kyabje Zong Rinpoche by David Molk:

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Chod-Ganden-Tradition-Instructions-Rinpoche/dp/1559392614/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1270743447&sr=1-1
Article

"The New Shamans" from Yoga Journal (Feb 1989) via Google Books:
http://books.google.com/books?id=5-sDAAAAMBAJ&pg=PA46&dq=shamanism+and+buddhism&as_brr=1&cd=5#v=onepage&q=shamanism%20and%20buddhism&f=false
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Re: Resources on Shamanism
« Reply #3 on: February 11, 2010, 06:13:15 am »
Shamanism is not all drugs, magic, spirits...

Gee, and I was just getting interested!  :D

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« Reply #4 on: February 11, 2010, 07:52:29 am »
Topic has been stickied.  Let us keep this thread on the topic of resources on Shamanism as opposed to debate towards it.  If you feel like there is something that should be addressed, the Danger Zone is the perfect place for it.
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« Reply #5 on: February 11, 2010, 08:35:53 am »
Thanks!  I was just looking for a Shaman the other day and couldn't find any in The Yellow Pages. :wink1:
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« Reply #6 on: February 11, 2010, 11:26:01 am »
Thanks!  I was just looking for a Shaman the other day and couldn't find any in The Yellow Pages. :wink1:

Wrong Yellow Thingy - try the Yellow Book. LOL :)

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« Reply #7 on: February 11, 2010, 04:07:40 pm »
I think I got off the train with the Madhyamaka. 

A wise man. I did everything I could to avoid it also.

Though, I will keep a look out for, and read "The Rainmaker",   it sounds like an interesting story. 

The full title is "The Rainmaker: The Story of Ngagpa Yeshe Dorje Rinpoche" by Marsha Woolf.

They've got it on Amazon Books. You might want to click on the one review. If you don't like shamanism, especially when combined with Buddhism, it won't be your cup of tea. There's a lot more shamanism than just the rain stuff.
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« Reply #8 on: February 13, 2010, 05:21:11 pm »

The full title is "The Rainmaker: The Story of Ngagpa Yeshe Dorje Rinpoche" by Marsha Woolf.

They've got it on Amazon Books. You might want to click on the one review. If you don't like shamanism, especially when combined with Buddhism, it won't be your cup of tea. There's a lot more shamanism than just the rain stuff.


Hi santamonicacj,

Thanks for the full title.  Amazon has a Severe Weather Alert due storms in the US.  So, I did a search and found there is much information on this amazing Lama.  I suspect he is what they call a “Siddha”, if that's the right word.   Anyhow, I did some more searching and I found the following paper at Tibetan Research. It's called Folk Religion in Tibetan Culture. I found it a good read.

cheers :)
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« Reply #9 on: February 14, 2010, 03:27:37 am »

The full title is "The Rainmaker: The Story of Ngagpa Yeshe Dorje Rinpoche" by Marsha Woolf.

They've got it on Amazon Books. You might want to click on the one review. If you don't like shamanism, especially when combined with Buddhism, it won't be your cup of tea. There's a lot more shamanism than just the rain stuff.


Hi santamonicacj,

Thanks for the full title.  Amazon has a Severe Weather Alert due storms in the US.  So, I did a search and found there is much information on this amazing Lama.  I suspect he is what they call a “Siddha”, if that's the right word.   Anyhow, I did some more searching and I found the following paper at Tibetan Research. It's called Folk Religion in Tibetan Culture. I found it a good read.

cheers :)



Thank you for contributing the link, francis.

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« Reply #10 on: February 28, 2010, 01:56:07 pm »
I don't moderate this section so please kindly pardon my intrusion.  This is the comparative section and the topic is Shamanism and Buddhusm.  If our esteemed members can not stick to this topic and compare and constrast Buddhism and Shamanism in a mature way, please withhold comments as they are only an off-topic distraction.  I would recommend cleaning up bickering off-topic posts or moving them to their appropriate spot in the DZ.

Thanks for allowing my two cents.

I would be interested in hearing from folks who have a body of knowledge about both belief systems.

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« Reply #12 on: March 01, 2010, 03:12:32 am »
Bon and Tibetan Buddhism
History of Buddhism and Bon
A Chinese Temple Keeper Talks
Chinese Shamanism
Shamanism in Mongolia and Tibet
Korean Shamanism
Shugendo

Maitri  :namaste:


Thank you. A valuable contribution.  The Berzin Archives are always a good place to look, especially for information on Tantra.  :)

I also enjoyed the 'Shamanism in Mongolia and Tibet' site. There are some practices I recognise as similar to Tantra in current Gelugpa practices.
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« Reply #13 on: March 01, 2010, 08:22:36 am »
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Let us keep this thread on the topic of resources on Shamanism as opposed to debate towards it.  If you feel like there is something that should be addressed, the Danger Zone is the perfect place for it.

Thank you all for sharing your thoughts on the matter.  This will remain as a resource thread and any future posts not related to resources will be deleted.  If you feel like this subject needs to be discussed and debated further, then please do so in the Danger Zone.

Take care, friends.
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« Reply #14 on: March 03, 2010, 05:54:41 am »
I have gone ahead and split the thread since the "Shamanism vs Buddhism/Shamanism and Buddhism" posts were off topic, and since these exchanges have already led to two minor disputes.  Anyone so interested may find the discussion the new thread, "Shamanism and Buddhism," now located in the Danger Zone.   Since the posts removed sometimes contain reference to messages in both threads, it may be necessary to read both to follow the course of discussion.

Please refrain from off-topic posts in this thread which is dedicated to the compiling of resources and information on Shamanism.  

If you wish to discuss the appropriateness of Shamanism & Buddhism please direct messages to the new thread:

http://www.freesangha.com/forums/index.php?topic=894.0

Best regards,
heybai

Update, 4 March 2010

I am locking this thread in order to keep it uncluttered.  It will be updated with new resources from time to time when new sites are suggested or dead links are brought to the moderators' attention.

« Last Edit: March 03, 2010, 10:36:53 pm by heybai, Reason: Reason for locking thread »

 


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