Journal of Bhutan Studies, Vol 34, Summer 2016

Guru Padmasambhava was born in fire monkey year, which occurs only once in 60-year cycle of the lunar calendar. For the first time, a conference was organized to commemorate the birth anniversary of Guru Padmasambhava. The Centre for Bhutan Studies and GNH Research in cooperation with the Centre for Escalation of Peace, Delhi organized this conference from 14 to 15 June, 2016, in Paro. It is envisaged to be held on a regional basis in South Asia.

As a unifying figure in South Asia, Guru Padmasambhava left artistic, cultural and spiritual legacies in the region. What are the common heritages and philosophy in South Asia associated with Guru? What are the significances of Guru’s holy places? What can be deduced from the archaeological remains and ritual instruments related to Guru? This special issue discusses these kinds of questions and issues.

The scholarly presentations of the conference were allied with ritual and artistic events. 110 foot silk-scroll thangkha of the Guru Padmasambhava was unveiled in the courtyard of Paro Rabdey followed by masked and folk dances.

This issue contains selected papers presented in the conference. The Centre for Bhutan Studies would like to thank the Centre for Escalation of Peace (CEP), Delhi for funding the conference. The Centre would also like to thank influential media from India, Nepal and Bhutan for disseminating the event’s importance.

Title Author
1 Welcome Note by Dasho Karma Ura, President, Centre for Bhutan Studies & GNH Research
2 Keynote Address by Hon’ble Prime Minister of Bhutan, HE Tshering Tobgay
3 Guru Padmasambhava and Jurisprudence in Bhutan: Golden Yoke and Silken Knot Justice Sonam Tobgye
4 Guru Padmasambhava in Context: Archaeological and Historical Evidence from Swat/Uddiyana (c. 8th century CE) Luca Maria Olivieri
5 How the Sacred Teachings of Guru Rinpoche Relate to and Counteract Mental Dif culties Dolpo Tulku Rinpoche
6 Guru Rinpoche and Buddhism in Tibet Geshe Ngawang Samten
7 Guru Rinpoche’s Exclusive Sacred Places in Bhutan Kunzang Thinley (Translated by Phuntsho Gyaltshen)
8 Guru Padmasambhava of Odiyana (Odisha): The Founder of Lamaism in Tibet Bimalendu Mohanty and Varish Panigrahi
9 Guru Padmasambhava: A Profile and His Teachings Arya Kumar Jnanendra
10 Guru Rinpoche in Sikkim: The Bayue Dremo Jong Tenpa Gyatso