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Details of Tibetan Astrology: 9 The Tibetan Almanac
The Moon’s Constellation and Horary Astrology Having seen some of the features of the lunar weekday and date of the lunar month, with doubled and omitted dates and doubled months, let us now look at the third inclusive calendar feature, the moon’s constellation (zla-skar)....
History of Buddhism in Mongolia
The Influence of Tibetan Culture Tibetan culture, along with its religion, language, art, medicine and astrology, has been one of the main civilizations in Central Asia, playing a role similar to the one Roman culture and language played in the West. In Asia, Tibetan culture...
Buddhism in Mongolia
Details of Tibetan Astrology: 1 Philosophical Context and Horoscopes
The Context of Astrology within the Buddhist Educational System Astronomy and astrology are one of the sciences or traditional fields of knowledge (rig-gnas) studied in the Tibetan Buddhist curriculum as formulated at the great monastic universities of India. There are five...
Details of Tibetan Astrology: 7 The Tibetan Ephemeris
Calculations for the Positions of the Five Planets, Sun, Moon and Nodes The course of Tibetan astro studies at the Astro Division of the Tibetan Medical and Astro Institute in Dharamsala, India takes five years. Everything is calculated by hand in the traditional manner, on...
The First Two Chapters of "The Kalachakra Tantra"
The Kalachakra Tantra contains five chapters: the first concerns the external cycles of time, the second the internal cycles, and the last three the alternative cycles. Let us examine the first two chapters as they appear in The Abridged Kalachakra Tantra and its commentary,...
Tibetan-English Glossary of Astrology Terms
The following list of suggested English equivalents for Tibetan astrology and astronomy technical terms is arranged according to English alphabetical order. It was compiled according to the explanations of Gen Lodro Gyatso, with the help of Tsedrub Negi and Phunrab Tencho, all...
The Nature of Time as a Temporal Interval
Definition of Time Buddhism does not regard time as an absolute container in which events occur, and which exists independently of those events. Thus, Buddhism does not assert space and time as a background grid that provides the space/time coordinates of objects located in...
Time & the Universe
Kalachakra: The Clear Tantra Let us look briefly at some of the vast material in the Kalachakra Tantra itself. It is not necessary to study this material in depth in order to take the empowerment or attend as an observer. Nevertheless, some acquaintance with it helps to...
Details of Tibetan Astrology: 6 New Year and Seasons
Mongolian or Tibetan Months and New Year Chinggis Khan, the grandfather of Khubilai Khan, had already adopted from the Uighurs, at the beginning of the 13th century, the 12-animal count for years and made it standard for his empire. According to one account, Chinggis...
The Tibetan Calendar: Lunar Weekdays, Lunar Date Days, Solar Weekdays and Solar Days
The first and second of the five inclusive features (lnga-bsdus) of a Tibetan calendar are the lunar weekday (gza’) and the date of the lunar month (tshe). These are involved in the mechanism through which the lunar and solar calendars are brought into harmony. To understand...