Warning: Traditionally, some of these materials would only be available for viewing after the requisite empowerment or permission by a qualified teacher of the lineage. Many teachers regard reading such material without empowerment or permission as potentially harmful. The materials archived here are not to be used for any purpose other than private study, scholarship, or research.
Robert George Elder's doctoral dissertation Columbia University, 1978,
- The Samputa Tantra: Edition and Translation Chapters I-IV
Michael Martin Kalff's doctoral dissertation Columbia University, 1979
- Selected Chapters from the Abhidhanottara-tantra: The Union of Male and Female Deities
David Barton Gray's doctoral dissertation Columbia University 2001,
- On Supreme Bliss: A study of the History and Interpretation of the Cakrasamvara Tantra
This article by David Gray deals extensively with the antinomian and Saiva elements in the Chakrasamvara cycle
- Eating the Heart of the Brahmin: Representations of Alterity and the Formation of Identity in Tantric Buddhist Discourse.
The title says it all. This article by David Gray also deals largely with material from Anuttara-Yoga-Tantras like the Chakrasamvara cycle.
- Compassionate Violence: On the Ethical Implications of Tantric Buddhist Ritual
Christopher Srarr George's doctoral dissertation University of Pennsylvania, 1971
- The 'Chandamaharosana-Tantra': Chapters I-VIII
An article by Bulcsu Siklos. The title is self explanatory. The use of datura in the Yamantaka cycle of Tantric Buddhism. A friend from Tribe scanned my copy of this article and placed in on the web.
- Datura rituals in the Vajramahabhairava-Tantra
This is William Stablein’s doctoral dissertation on the Mahakala-Tantra (Columbia University, 1976). Many interesting medicinal plants are found in the formulas within the Mahakala-Tantra. Stablein touches on this subject discussing datura etc.
- The Mahakalatantra: A theory of ritual blessing and tantric medicine
Nathaniel DeWitt Garson’s doctoral dissertation University of Virginia 2004. It deals with the Guhyagarbhatantra
- Penetrating the Secret Essence Tantra: Context and Philosophy in the Mahayoga System of rNying-ma Tantra
Christian Konrad Wedemeyer's doctoral dissertation Columbia University, 1999. Contains English translations of many of the works of Aryadeva on the Guhyasamaja Tradition. These include Aryadeva's Caryamelapaka-pradipa, Cittavisuddhiprakarana, Svadhisthana-prabheda, and the Abhibodhikramopadesa.
- Vajrayana and its doubles: A critical historiography, exposition, and translation of the Tantric works of Aryadeva.
By Michael L Walter. Touches on such subjects as rasayana, breathing techniques, and the relationship between the Nathas and Vajrayana
- Jâbir, the Buddhist Yogi. Part One
By Michael L Walter. Touches on such subjects as rasayana, breathing techniques, and the relationship between the Nathas and Vajrayana. Part two translates instructional material on prana-yoga from Tibetan into English.
- Jâbir, the Buddhist yogi. Part Two. Winds and Immortality
Kurtis Schaeffer's article examining some of the links between Vajrayana and the Nathas
- The Attainment of Immortality: From Nathas in India to Buddhists in Tibet
Gopinath Kaviraj's 1927 article presenting his views on the Natha sampradaya, including information on Kundalini, the imperishable physical body, and alchemy.
- Some Aspects of the History and Doctrines of the Nathas
Gordan Djurdjevic’s doctoral dissertation, University of British Columbia, 2005
- Masters of Magical Powers: The Natha siddhas in light of esoteric notions
Translates 50 tantric songs from the Caryagiti. This is a useful translation, although Kvaerne’s _An Anthology of Buddhist Tantric Songs_ is unquestionably superior. Translation by Hasna Jasimuddin Moudud
- A Thousand Year Old Bengali Poetry: The Caryagiti
An important article on the dependence of the Yogini-Tantras on nondual Shaivism. From Alexis Sanderson’s web-page: http://alexissanderson.com/
- Vajrayâna: Origin and Function
Compares text from the Chakrasamvara Tantra with Saiva sources. From Alexis Sanderson’s web-page: http://alexissanderson.com/
- The Saiva Sources of the Buddhist Yoginîtantras: The Case of the Ritual of Initiation Taught in the Laghusamvara-tantra
More material from Sanderson relating to the Yogini Tantras
- History through Textual Criticism in the study of Saivism, the Pañcarâtra and the Buddhist Yoginîtantras
An article by T. Tsarong. In the ancient medical tradition of Tibet, there are many methods and techniques in treating mind related disorders. This paper is an analysis of selected drug formulations that are popularly used for that purpose.
- Tibetan Psychopharmacology.
An article by William Stablein that offers a rare look how at how tantric ritual, inner yogic (subtle-body) practices and the use of medicinal substances are interrelated in Vajrayana
- A Medical-Cultural System Among the Tibetan and Newar Buddhist: Ceremonial Medicine
An article by Mia Touw (of Harvard University) on the ethnobotany of cannabis. Discuses the use of cannabis in Indo-Tibetan tantra
- The Religious and Medicinal Uses of Cannabis in China, India, and Tibet
An article by Michael Walter with an English translation and the Tibetan text of the Amrtakalasatantra. The text deals with the use of medicinal substances and related Indo-Tibetan mythology.
- The Tantra a Vessel of bDud rTsi: a Bon Text,
Sami Kivelä's master’s thesis University of Helsinki, 2005. A study of Newar Buddhism based on Kivelä's ethnographic feildwork focusing on the Svayambhu area.
- The Sarced Hilltop: A Hermeneutical Case Study on the Svayambhu Site in Kathmandu
Jacob P. Dalton's doctoral dissertation University of Michigan, 2002. The history of the Samaja Vidya Sutra, the root tantra of Anuyoga, from the 9th century to the present and its role in the nyingma school.
- The Uses of the Dgong Pa ‘Dus Pa’i Mdo in the Development of the Rnying-Ma School of Tibetan Buddhism
Steven Neal Weinberger's doctoral dissertation University of Virginia 2003. "The Compendium of Principles of All Tathagatas (Sarva-tathagata-tattva-samgraha) is arguably the single most important development of Indian Buddhist tantra"
- The Significance of Yoga Tantra and the Compendium of Principles (Tattvasamgraha Tantra) within Tantric Buddhism in India and Tibet
Trungram Gyaltrul Rinpoche Sherpa's doctoral dissertation Harvard University 2004
- Gampopa, the Monk and the Yogi His Life and Teachings,
An article about one aspect of the ethnobotany of Tantric Buddhism.
- The Use of Entheogens in the Vajrayana Tradition: a brief summary of preliminary findings together with a partial bibliography.
Frances Mary Garrett's doctoral dissertation University of Virginia, 2004
- Narratives of Embryology: Becoming Human in Tibetan Literature
By Yael Bentor "Among the practices discussed here are inner heat (tapas and gtum-mo), breathing (prana) and the subtle body (rtsa-rlung), sexual yoga, food yoga, mental fire offerings and the fire offering of enlightened wisdom."
- Interiorized Fire Rituals in India and in Tibet
In this article Lee Siegel attempts to interpret songs/poetry from the Caryagiti by the mahasiddha Kanhapa
- Bengal Blackie and the Sacred Slut: A Sahajayana Buddhist Song
Reginald Ray offers a what is essentially a critique of the above article by Lee Siegel
- Reading the Vajrayna in Context: A Reassessment of Bengal Blackie
Lee Seigel responds briefly to Ray's critique
- Bengal Blackie Rides Again
Thomas Freeman Yarnall's doctoral dissertation Columbia University, 2003. It examines Tsongkhapa's unique explanation of Prasangika-Madyamika in relation to the Creation-Stage of Deity Yoga as presented in his _sngags rim chen mo_
- The emptiness that is form Developing the body of Buddhahood in Indo-Tibetan Buddhist Tantra
A short book by John C Huntington on the Kila (Phurba) in tantric Buddhism.
- The Phur-Pa Tibetan Ritual Daggers
An article by Kenneth Zysk surveying the topic of the five bodily winds (prana, apana, vyana, udana, and samana) in different texts and periods.
- The Science of Respiration and the Doctrine of Bodily Winds in Ancient India
Laura Harrington's doctoral dissertation Columbia University 2002
- A View of Manjusri: Wisdom and its Crown Prince in Pala-period India
Ivette Vargas’s doctoral dissertation Harvard University
- Falling to Pieces, Emerging Whole: Suffering Illness and Healing Renunciation in the Life of Gelongtna Palmo,
Physical Yoga from the Indo-Tibetan Tradition of Vairocana (Trul-khor)
- The 108 movements of “The Yantras of the Union of the Sun and Moon”
- Psychoactive Plants in Tantric Buddhism; Cannabis and Datura Use in Indo-Tibetan Esoteric Buddhism
An article by RC Parker and Lux. Published in Erowid Extracts Jun 2008;14: pgs 6-11
43. A Critical Study of the Guhyasamaja Tantra
Francesca Fremantle’s doctoral dissertation University of London 1971. Fremantle’s translation was a true landmark in Indo-Tibetan studies.
An excellent tool for research. Includes the Cologne Digital Sanskrit Lexicon
- Sanskrit, Tamil and Pahlavi Dictionaries
Combines 19 dictionaries in a single online tool
- The Online Tibetan to English Dictionary and Translation Tool
Many issues of scholarly journals, all absolutely free. A great resource from "Digital Himalaya"
- Journals of Himalayan Studies
An incredibly useful page for the study Tantic Buddhism, focusing on the presentation non-Kalachakra systems
- Berzin Archives: Advanced Meditation - Tantra Teachings
Simply the best online resource for the study of the Kalachakra cycle of Tantric Buddhism
- Berzin Archives: Advanced Meditation - Kalachakra
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- International Kalachakra Network