Daily Archives: June 8, 2008

Computer journos meet to discuss the wheel of time

TIME IS the merciless destroyer of us all because it marches on irrespective of our little lives.

Interesting then to meet Ed(ward) Henning, who was after a copy of an ancient book I translated anciently, the Kaulajnananirnaya, ascribed to one Matsyendranath.

Ed, in return gave me a copy of his book Kalacakra and the Tibetan Calendar, a closely argued basically astronomical monograph. (American Institute of Buddhist Studies, 2007).

People will find all sorts of things to argue about, and as we all know, do. A debate still rages between astrologers whether the “sidereal” or “tropical” zodiac is the “correct” one. Henning’s book argues closely that a series of events caused the degradation of the Tibetan calendar, but the Kalacakra recension was at least a radical approach to calculations.

I still haven’t been to Kerala, but some of the finest Hindu astronomers/astrologers came up with some astonishing results while King John I and last of England was looking for his jewels in the wash.  Unfortunately, a lot of science got mixed up with even more superstition, so unravelling these threads is not an easy task.  ♥