Articles

The following articles were written by the Vidyadhara Acharya Mahayogi Sridhar Rana Rinpoche and published in various publications in Nepal over the past 30 years.

Interview with Khenchen Rigdzin Dorje on the Nyingmapa View

Khenpo Rigdzin is one of the closest disciples of one of the greatest Dzogchen yogis of this century, Chatral Rimpoche, who is also one of my Gurus. In 1994, Punya…
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Madhyamika Buddhism vis-à-vis Hindu Vedanta (A Paradigm Shift)

Famous Indian Hindu scholars like the ex-President of India the late Radhakrishnan state ‘The Buddha did not feel that he was announcing a new religion. He was born, grew up,…
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Mandala

The word mandala (dkyil ‘khor) in Tibetan actually means centre and periphery, i.e. a circle: the circle of a king, a magician’s circle, an organization with a centre (chairman) and…
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The Use of Symbols and Rituals in Vajrayana / Mahayana Buddhism

In the Digghanikaya Udumbarika Sihanada Sutta of the Pali Tripitaka, the Sasta (master) has told Nigrodha that it was not necessary to relinquish everything in his culture to become a…
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Nāgārjuna vis-à-vis the Āgamas and Nikāyas

Acharya Mahayogi Sridhar Rana RinpocheTri Ratna Sharanam Namo Amitābhaya Ityapi Sa Bhagwānstathāgato’rhan Samyaksambuddho Vidyācaranasampannah Sugato Lokavidanuttarah Purushadamyasārathih Shāstā Devamanushyanam Buddho Bhagavāniti   Some Theravada scholars accuse Nāgārjuna of interpreting the…
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Vajrayana Buddhism vis-à-vis Hindu Tantricism

As both Hindu Tantra and Buddhist Tantra (also known as Vajrayana) are profound subjects and I am neither a Siddha nor a Pandit, I have great trepidation in writing about…
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Vedànta vis-à-vis Shentong

Vedànta is based on the Upanishads, some of which are as old as the Buddha and others are four to eight hundred years older than the Buddha himself. Shankaràcàrya (also…
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An Emic Critique of Austine Waddell's “Buddhism & Lamaism of Tibet” – a gross misrepresentation of the Vajrayana of Tibet

In this critique, I would like to make general Nepalese scholars aware that Austine Waddell’s “Buddhism & Lamaism of Tibet” cannot and should not be taken as an authoritative book…
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Enlightenment: Buddhism vis-à-vis Hinduism

It must be understood that Hinduism and Buddhism have shared the same culture for the last 2500 years, which means they’ve also shared common language/s (Sanskrit or Pali). Because of…
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Some Facts about Vajrayana Buddhism

Published: Sunday Despatch of The Rising Nepal; June 14, 1992It is a well known fact that the form of Buddhism that has flourished in Nepal since the ancient times has…
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