Divinations Padampa Did or Did Not Do, or Did or Did Not Write

In: Glimpses of Tibetan Divination

Abstract

Padampa Sangyé (d. 1105 or 1117) is best known for his Mahāmudrā teachings, while divinations are at best a side note. Centering on this peripheral aspect, we look into the question of whether Padampa actually performed divinations, and which divinations those may have been. We also consider the authorship problem: Which types of divination texts have been ascribed to him? Working under the inspiration of Jan Assmann’s mnemohistory, we seek to divine whether or not these very likely falsely ascribed texts might still bear cultural significance worthy of consideration.