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Miyolangsangma, the Goddess of Inexhaustible Giving

Prior to the introduction of Buddhism, the main religion in Tibet was the Bön religion which had many shamanic practices. This propitiation of local deities was assimilated into Tibetan Buddhism when Padmasambhava and other highly attained lamas subjugated the many powerful spirits raised by Bön shamans to prevent the spread of Buddhism in Tibet. The Sherpas were one of the historical peoples of Tibet. They left eastern Tibet more than 400 years ago and settled in the uninhabited Himalayan valleys; hence their name Sher-pa means “people from the east.” These settlers brought with them the rich Tibetan culture including their religious traditions and Tibetan Buddhist literature. These religious traditions include the belief that the mountain peaks, foothills, ridges, passes and fields are the abodes of deities. Thus, Sherpa ceremonies such as the hanging of prayer flags and other rituals of daily life attest to their belief in the presence of supernatural forces that abide there. The majority of Sherpas are Buddhists belonging to the Nyingma tradition, the ancient translation school or early dissemination tradition introduced by Padmasambhava (also known as Guru Rinpoche) during the 8th century. According to an ancient Sherpa legend, the initial Tibetan migration to the Himalayan region […]



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