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The Berzin Archives

The Buddhist Archives of Dr. Alexander Berzin

The Berzin Archives is a collection of translations and teachings by Dr. Alexander Berzin primarily on the Mahayana and Vajrayana traditions of Tibetan Buddhism. Covering the areas of sutra, tantra, Kalachakra, dzogchen, and mahamudra meditation, the Archives presents material from all five Tibetan traditions: Nyingma, Sakya, Kagyu, Gelug, and Bon, as well as comparisons with Theravada Buddhism and Islam. Also featured are Tibetan astrology and medicine, Shambhala, and Buddhist history.

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Buddhist adaptation to the modern world; Tsenzhab Serkong Rinpoche, the late Assistant Tutor of H.H. the Dalai Lama; the spiritual student-teacher relationship.

Understanding and practicing tantra, dzogchen, and mahamudra meditations; Kalachakra; receiving tantric initiations; the Shambhala myth.

Detailed explanations of the refuge, lay, bodhisattva, tantric, and Kalachakra vows. A collection of Buddhist prayers, guru-yogas, six-session yogas, and sadhanas.

History of Buddhism in Asia and of the major monasteries in Tibet; comparisons of the five Tibetan traditions and of Theravada and Mahayana; Tibetan astrology and medicine; interaction between Buddhism and Islam.