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Vol. V, # 4 (Winter 1980)

pp. 3-8 G. W. Houston: "Ge-sar : A Note"

Bodish

Hellenic

Astika etc.

p. 4 Khro-thun was paternal uncle of Jo-ru.

Thuestes was paternal uncle of Mene-la[w]os.

 

Jo-ru had his own name changed to Ge-sar.

 

Padma was another name (the Jaina one) of Rama-candra.

pp. 4-5 The wife of kLu-bcan (Daimon of the North) betrayed her own husband (resulting in his death) to Ge-sar

+Polu-kso sought avenge the death, of her own husband Tle-polemos, on Mene-la[w]os by

 
 

attempting to kill +Helene the wife of Mene-la[w]os.

+S`urpa-nakha attempted to kill +Sita the wife of Rama-candra.

p. 5 Gur-dkar, one of the 3 kings of Hor,

Paris, a prince of the triple city Tros,

Ravana, king of Lanka,

carried off, to Hor, +>Brug-mo the wife of Ge-sar.

induced to elope with him to Tros, +Helene the wife of Mene-la[w]os.

carried off, to Lanka, +Sita the wife of Rama-candra.

"After having at first resisted his advances,

 

Resisting advances by Ravana,

she ends by becoming the wife of the king Gur-dkar and gives him two sons."

 

+Sita gave birth in Lanka to 2 sons (of disputed paternity).

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Vol. VI, # 1 (Spring 1981)

pp. 3-13 R. A. Stein: "Introduction to the Gesar Epic"

Bodish

Hellenic

p. 6 Ge->dzo / Ger-dzo was "second father" to Jo-ru.

Plei-sthenes was said (CDCM, s.v. "Pleisthenes") by Hesiodos and by Aiskhulos to be father of Mene-la[w]os.

Jo-ru was banished, "together with his mother, to a wild country (in the bend of the rMa-chu (Yellow River) )".

Skam-andrios, who was slain by Mene-la[w]os (CDCM, s.v. Menelaus), was associated with the Ksanthos ('Yellow') river.

p. 7 The various external "souls" (bla) of the Byan-bdud ('North-Daimon') kLu-bstan were located in "a tree, a lake, etc.".

Tle-polemos was son of (GM 142.e) a daughter of Phuleus ('Leafy'), who had testified (GM 127.e) to the watering.

rGya-tsha (half-brother of Ge-sar) who was "invulnerable except on a little spot on his body -- is killed and his "soul" is transformed into a bird."

Aias was invulnerable except on 3 spots on his body. (CDCM, s.v. "Ajax 2") When dead, his corpse was to be "left for the greedy kites and pious vultures." (GM 165.g)

The woman from Me-n~ag (in Koko Nor region), Me-za >Bum-skyid, not only betrayed her husband kLu-bstan, but also

[Kanopos, who steered the Argo, also piloted Helene with Mene-la[w]os to Aiguptos. (CDCM, s.v. Canopus)] +Polu-kso encouraged (GM 149.b) interbreeding of women with Argonauts, so that

"By means of a drink of forgetfulness she retains Ge-sar" in Byan-than, until

they became reluctant (GM 149.d) to depart.

"messenger-birds sent to Ge-sar at last make him remember his country." {as in the "Hymn of the Soul" in the Acts of Thomas}

Eu-phemos "let loose a dove or a heron, to fly ahead of the Argo." (GM 151.a)

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Vol. VI, # 2 (Summer 1981)

pp. 53-62 R.E. Pubayev: "Buddhist Cosmology as Described in the Historical Work of Sum-pa mKhan-po Entitled the "Tree of Contemplation""

pp. 56-57 quantities in the cosmology

p.

quantity

unit

the measured

56

20th

kalpa

of the void, expiry of

 

65,000

yojana-s

in breadth of light-blue firmament

56-7

1,120,000

yojana-s

in depth of waters formed from rainfall from the cloud "Golden Heart"

57

120,000

yojana-s

in width of "the golden world" formed by breeze agitating the waters over 1/3 of their surface

 

1,235,000

yojana-s

in width of waters & "golden world" together

 

1 kot.i

yojana-s

region extending above the firmament, the waters, and the "golden world"

 

80,000

yojana-s

in depth of great ocean formed from rainfall from cloud consisting of various pretious stones, "in the form of a wooden collar (yoke) or the axle of a cartwheel"

p. 57 substances constituting the sides of mt. Meru

side

substance

east

silver

south

lapis-lazuli

west

orange-blue sapphire

north

gold

meanings of terms in cosmology

p.

note

term

location

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17

'which looketh like unto a yoke'

1st mountain

'which looketh like unto a plough'

2nd mountain

'khadir-tree'

3rd mountain

'beautiful to behold'

4th mountain

'like unto a horse's ear'

5th mountain

'sloping'

6th mountain

'which looketh like unto a hoop'

7th mountain

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21

Deha ('Ordinary') & Vi-deha ('Large')

2 islands off the East

 

22

'Ominous' & 'Satellite of the Ominous' (so-called "because the khadir tree gives forth an ominous sound seven days before death comes.")

2 islands off the North

 

23

'the Deceivers' & those 'who follow the Higher Way'

2 islands off the West

 

24

'Yak-tail fan' & 'Other Yak-tail fan'

2 islands off the South

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pp. 67-73 Joseph Toscano: "Contribution to the Knowledge of Bon"

pp. 70-71 caerimonies

p.

curative

process of curation

cure thus procured

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swords, shields, armor, daggers

anoint the idol continually with perfumes

obtain victory over enemies

 

from summit of temple

throw kneaded bread with butter

 

holy water

asperge the houses

hinder evil spirits from harming the inhabitants

 

breathe on

wound of patient

cure ailments caused by gNan-spirits

 

suck on

wounded area

 

of kneaded flour with butter

maketh statue

persuade illness-spirit to depart from patient, by Nad-bdag ('illness-masters') [medics]

71

"must offer himself

in the patient's place."

 

"make the spirit enter a goat or sheep

which is driven to the mountains, or

 

in a human straw dummy

which is burned."

 

"give despicable names

to the newborn babies."

"the devil seeing the names so vile, believing them to be things which are worth little, does not kill them."

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Vol. VII, # 4 (Winter 1982)

pp. 20-85 Lawrence Epstein: "On the History and Psychology of the 'Das-log"

p. 42 account of praeliminary experience, in the bLa-ma Byams-pa-bde-legs, 11:12-17

"there were stupa-shaped rainbow clouds and

a cloth-like road which everyone saw.

A rain of flowers fell and

there came the delicious smell of incense."

pp. 42-43 account in the Glin-bza> Chos-skyid, 3A:309-311 [female autobiography]

p.

experience

sensation

42

"I had a vision that I was going below the ground ;

it was as though many people were holding me down from above.

 

After that I felt as though I were being moved to and fro in a great ocean, and

I felt the cold waves on my body.

43

The whole earth was filled with fire,

as if my body were being scorched in a great burning roar.

 

After that there appeared red, white and yellow paths, something like dusk, great roaring sounds.

Then one moment I felt as though I'd arrived in a crackling butter lamp;

 

just then there appeared over my head many rays being expelled from the midst of a five-colored light. At the tip of each ray were

several beings with human bodies and heads of different forms. Their eyes gaped like the sun and moon, and they carried in their hands many different kinds of weapons."

p. 46 accounts by >das-log (nigh-death experiencers)

"First, the "soul" undergoes an autoscopic experience, seeing its own corpse Invariably, one's own body appears in distorted, usually animal shape,

a dog,

a pig,

a snake,

etc."

p. 46 instance of one's own corpse in distorted human shape, in the Byan-chub-senge, 10A:36-43

"I was a corpse. Its arms and legs were stretched out and it faced downwards. it was tied with its feet behind its head."

p. 70 instance of one's own corpse in hound shape, in Lon-wa A-drun, 16A:161

p. 43 instance of one's own corpse in swine shape, in the Glin-bza> Chos-skyid, 3A:311-327 [female autobiography]

"I was the stinking corpse of a large pig"

"I heard the sound of a thousand dragons roaring"

"a hail of pus and blood, the size of eggs"

p. 73 dyads listed by Dharma-raja

bLama-s

bandits

meditation-masters

insufferably ordinary men

logicians

parrots

monks

laymen

mantrists

venomous snakes

lords

black snakes

youths

wolves

nuns

whores, bitches

women

witches

the rich

preta-s

saints

braggarts

teachers

barking hounds

pp. 56-57 exterior & interior of classes of people, according to the Bya-bral Kun-dga>-ran-grol, 9B:35b sq.

p.

If ye look at them exteriorly, they are __

if interiorly, they are like unto __

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meditation-masters

wolves

 

dge-bs`es

sinful merchants

 

nuns

whores

57

man.i-pa

parrots

 

laymen

srin-po (cannibal daimones)

 

women

witches

 

beggars

rich thieves & bandits

p. 24 what classes of people really are, according to the Za-ma Tog-gi bsTan bCos

"Mantrists are really dam-sri,

Laymen are really 'gong-po,

Women are really witches,

Children are really the-rang,

p. 25 actual doings of classes of people, according to the Thugs-rje Chen-po >Khor-ba Las sGrol

"Monks will addict themselves to witch-women.

For dharma, they will shamelessly sing and dance."

bLama-s "will wander around like dogs.

Disciples will wander around like foxes."

spirit-guide for soul

p. 71 in nigh-death experiences [cf. also pp. 48-9]

"The 'das-log acquires, usually for the length of his otherworldly journey, an advisor-comforter-companion Most often they are gorgeous, dazzling white-clad figures who nourish the 'das-log with nectar, and

further allay the stresses by telling what they want to hear about their potential human careers."

p. 74 for the sick : in dream

"one night I had a vision : a red-colored woman with a pig's face said to me, " I will give you some nectar.""

This was an ointment curative for a physical affliction.

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Vol. VIII, # 3 (Autumn 1983)

pp. 24-36 Alex Wayman: "Three Tanjur Commentaries"

p. 33 thunderbolts of tantra-s, according to the Man~ju-s`ri-Nama Sam-giti, 7:2

"__ thunderbolt"

__ Tantra

gust

Maha-samaya

dreadful

A-dvaya-Samata

heart

Candra-guhya

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