More-or-less monthly musings on mainly
antiquarian topics of Tibet-related interest
Tuesday, April 21, 2009
An Inaugural Lecture on Tibet's (Creative) Dark Age
Rethinking Tibet’s Dark Age: Demons, Tantras, and the Formation of Tibetan Buddhism
October 21, 2008
in Heyns Room
Go to this link — as soon as you have an hour to spare — to hear and see Jacob Dalton talk about Vajrayana manuscripts found in Dunhuang. I was intrigued to learn that there are Earth Rites (Sa Chog) to be found in them. The speaker is introduced by Robert Sharf. This event was sponsored by Institute of East Asian Studies, UC Berkeley.
If you want to brush up on Earth Rites to prepare yourself, try this most recent article on the subject by Alexander Gardner.
Hmmm... I seem to be having trouble making the link to Alex Gardner's paper work for me. If it isn't working for you, try schmoogling this title: "The Sa Chog: Violence and Veneration in a Tibetan Soil Ritual."