to Aug 28

Lecture Series with Prof. Dr. Harunaga Isaacson: the Bhramahara (‘Remover of Error’) by Ratnākaraśānti.

In an intensive series of lectures beginning on Wednesday, August 22 and continuing through Tuesday, August 28, Professor Dr. Harunaga Isaacson will translate and explain the whole of the Bhramahara, a profound and comprehensive  Sādhana of Hevajra that has reached us in its original Sanskrit. 

Its eleventh-century author Ratnākaraśānti [Rinchen 'byung gnas zhiba] is arguably the most brilliant and insightful of all the Indian masters of Tantric Buddhism of whom we have surviving works; and he is all the more remarkable since his contributions were not limited to the Tantric domain. He also produced major works in the general Mahāyānist domains of Yogācāra and Prajñāpāramitā; and he has much to say on the crucial issue of how the relationship between the Tantric and non-Tantric, between the Way of Mantras and the Way of the Sūtras, should be understood.


The schedule of talks is as follows:

Wednesday, August 22  
6:00 to 8:00 pm

Thursday, August 23
6:00 to 8:00 pm

Saturday, August 25
10:00 am to 12:00 pm
2:00 pm to 4:00 pm

Sunday, August 26
10:00 am to 12:00 pm
2:00 pm to 4:00 pm

Monday, August 27
6:00 to 8:00 pm

Tuesday, August 28
6:00 to 8:00 pm

On Friday, August 24, there will be a lecture by Professor Alexis Sanderson, Academic Director of ISTS, on a topic to be announced.

Sessions will be held at the Movement Center, 1021 NE 33rd Ave Portland, OR.  Accommodations are available at The Movement Center by reservation.

Prof. Dr. Harunaga Isaacson


Professor Dr. Harunaga Isaacson is a world-renowned Sanskritist with exceptional expertise in the fields of Vajrayāna Buddhism, classical  Sanskrit poetry, classical Indian philosophy, Purāṇic literature, and manuscript studies. In 1995 he was awarded the doctorate by Leiden University for his work on materials of the Vaiśeṣika system of philosophy. For the next five years he worked with Professor Alexis Sanderson as a Post-doctoral Research Fellow in the University of Oxford. From 2002 to 2006 he was Assistant Professor in the Department of South Asia Studies in the University of Pennsylvania; and from 2006 until the present he has been Professor of Classical Indology in the University of Hamburg. In the field of Indian Vajrayāna Buddhism, on which he will be giving his lecture, he is undoubtedly the world’s leading authority, exploring its vast unpublished literature in Sanskrit and Tibetan and bringing to bear on it a degree of rigorous scholarship that has rarely been seen in classical Indology and never before in this branch of it.

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