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Tibetan astronomy

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Tibetan astronomy

The Tantra of Kalachakra is the basis of Tibetan astronomy. It explains some phenomena in a similar manner as modern astronomy science. Hence, Sun eclipse is described as the Moon passing between the Sun and the Earth.[1]

In 1318, the 3rd Karmapa received vision of Kalachakra which he used to introduce a revised system of astronomy and astrology named the "Tsurphu Tradition of Astrology" (Tibetan: Tsur-tsi) which is still used in the Karma Kagyu school for the calculation of the Tibetan calendar.[2][3]


  1. ^ An Introduction To Tibetan Astro. Science
  2. ^ The Third Gyalwa Karmapa, Rangjung Dorje, site of Karma Lekshey Ling Institute
  3. ^ Staff. "Kagyu Lineage: The Third Karmapa Rangjung Dorje (1284 - 1339)". Kagyu Office of His Holiness the 17th Gyalwang Karmapa. Retrieved 2010-02-04. 

Further reading

  • Alexander Berzin Tibetan Astrology and Astronomy. in Maitreya Magazine (Emst, Holland), vol. 11, no. 4 (1989).
  • Berzin, A Tibetan Astro Studies. in Chö-Yang, Year of Tibet Edition (Dharamsala, India), (1991).
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