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Suggest and discuss new resources here
« on: March 03, 2010, 10:41:09 pm »
If you know of or discover any new resources for the main sticky thread above, post them here.  Please feel free to discuss these sources here or in subsequent threads.

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heybai (who knows almost nothing about shamanism, but is willing to be informed  :) )

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Re: Suggest and discuss new resources here
« Reply #1 on: April 08, 2010, 09:31:25 am »
If you know of or discover any new resources for the main sticky thread above, post them here.  Please feel free to discuss these sources here or in subsequent threads.

Best regards,
heybai (who knows almost nothing about shamanism, but is willing to be informed  :) )


Here are two books I have found useful.

Both books are informative, but the second book has details and advice about practice:

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

A practical guide to the Chöd ritual in which the practitioner makes an offering of his/her body to the spirits.  This is sometimes extended to exorcism and is considered to be a very profound and advanced practice which carries significant risks to the mind of the practitioner, who may even conduct the ritual in a charnel ground or other place of death such as a graveyard.

Those who practice the Kusali Tsog aspect of Vajrayogini Highest Yoga Tantra are performing a ritual almost identical to the White Distribution part of the Chöd ritual.


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Re: Suggest and discuss new resources here
« Reply #2 on: April 09, 2010, 09:03:23 am »
Yeshe, others --

These new books citations have been added to the main resource sticky thread, above.

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« Reply #3 on: April 20, 2010, 10:31:38 am »
I have found an excellent book on Tibetan medicine which links to Tantra:

 The Diamond Healing: Tibetan Buddhist Medicine and Psychiatry (Paperback)
by Terry Clifford.


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

Synopsis

This volume presents an introduction to the arcane Tibetan art of healing. The author discusses the many components of Tibetan Buddhist medicine - its religious, philosophical and psychological foundations, its history and deities, its tantric and ritual aspects, meditations for healing and views on dying, and unusual methods of diagnosis and cure. Moreover, the author has provided a study of psychiatry, the world's oldest system of medical psychiatry.


The book is mainly based on the first Indian sanskrit medical text to be translated into Tibetan, the 'Gyu-Zhi' or '4 Tantras' text written by Chandranandana.

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Re: Suggest and discuss new resources here
« Reply #4 on: April 20, 2010, 10:36:11 am »
Sorry if this is me being dense, but would this go better in the Tibetan section?   Is it primarily related to Shamanism?  I'll move to whichever sticky you think best.

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« Reply #5 on: April 20, 2010, 10:49:17 am »
Sorry if this is me being dense, but would this go better in the Tibetan section?   Is it primarily related to Shamanism?  I'll move to whichever sticky you think best.

Hmmm.  It's difficult as the main source text is Indian. And a lot of it relates to spirits etc.  It also examines what are mainly herbal and Ayurvedic cures. It could go in either or both.

Flip a coin.  On balance I guess Tibetan as HHDL wrote the Foreword etc. :)

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Re: Suggest and discuss new resources here
« Reply #6 on: April 20, 2010, 07:44:03 pm »
The Terry Clifford book will be added to both the Shamanism resource post and to the main sticky in the Tibetan resouces section.  Both stickies need a bit of cleaning up and organizing; I've added it to Yeshe's first post in the Shamanism resource thread.

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Re: Suggest and discuss new resources here
« Reply #7 on: March 18, 2017, 11:34:21 pm »
I'd like to suggest:

Hamlet's Mill: An Essay Investigating the Origins of Human Knowledge And Its Transmission Through Myth - Giorgio De Santillana (professor of the history of science at MIT) and Hertha von Dechen (scientist at Johann Wolfgang Goethe-Universität)

...and

Songs from the Sky: Indigenous Astronomical and Cosmological Traditions of the World - edited by Von Del Chamberlain, John B. Carson, and M. Jane Young

...be included in the general shamanism resources thread. While neither are specifically about shamanism, they both extensively examine and refer to it while providing a foundational understanding of the context within which the phenomenon of shamanism developed and flourished.

 


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