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Reflections on rasāyana, bcud len and related practices in Nyingma (rnying ma) tantric ritual

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The Tibetan term, bcud len, "imbibing the essence juice", is an equivalent for Sanskrit, rasāyana, but in Tibetan Buddhist ritual manuals, both terms occur, apparently with slightly different connotations. Practices classified as bcud len are frequently relatively short, and seem primarily designed for the use of individual yogis, usually as a subsidiary practice to complement their main tantric meditation. The production of bcud len pills which are said to sustain, rejuvenate and extend th...

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10.18732/hssa.v5i2.17

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Institution:
University of Oxford
Division:
Humanities Division
Department:
Oriental Studies Faculty
Oxford college:
Wolfson College
Käte Hamburger Kolleg in the Center for Religious Studies, Ruhr-Universität Bochum More from this funder
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University of Alberta Libraries Publisher's website
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History of Science in South Asia Journal website
Volume:
5
Issue:
2
Pages:
181-203
Publication date:
2017-12-31
Acceptance date:
2017-12-14
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ISSN:
2369-775X
Pubs id:
pubs:827976
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uri:86e31963-0848-4e7b-9754-6ab6b4d223b3
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uuid:86e31963-0848-4e7b-9754-6ab6b4d223b3
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