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The Nepalese Shamanic Path


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Table of Contents

Foreword by Sandra Ingerman

Our Prefaces


The Shamanic State of Consciousness
Journeying Basics for Beginners: The Shamanic Bridge between Worlds


1 Everything Has a Beginning
Journey to Meet Banjhankri and Banjhankrini

2 Shamanic Awakening Is a Continual Process
Journey to Meet a Shamanic Ancestor to Ask for Empowerment

3 Dedicating Yourself to the Spirits
Journey to Experience a Personal Dedication Ceremony

4 The Four Aspects of the Human Soul
Journey to Have a Nepalese Shamanic Experience of Your Soul


5 Shamanic Sacred Tools and Ritual Objects

6 The Khurpa/Phurba
Journey to Clear and Empower Your Khurpa

7 Using Your Khurpa
Khurpa Mudras

8 The Dhyangro
Journey to Clear and Empower Your Dhyangro and Gajo

9 Aina: The Shaman's Mirror
Journey to Clear and Empower Your Aina

10 The Mala
Journey to Clear and Empower Your Mala

11 The Trishula or Trident
Journey to Clear and Empower Your Trishula

12 Consecrating Shamanic Tools and Creating the Dhami/Jhankri Altar Awakening and Consecrating Your Shamanic Altar

13 The Dhami/Jhankri's Costume
Journey to Receive a Vision of Ceremonial Attire

14 Working within the Nepalese Cosmology
Honoring the Elementals with Drumming and Dance

15 Ritual of Spring and Renewal
Creating a Renewal Ceremony

16 Using Your Voice as a Shamanic Tool
Giving Voice to Your Shamanic Practice

Bountiful Harvest

17 The Cosmic Plan
The Mansaune Ceremony

18 Primary Feminine Deities
Journey to Meet Aspects of the Divine Mother Durga
Journey to Meet Kali
Journey to Meet the Divine Mother as Our Earth

19 Primary Masculine Deities
Journey to Meet Gannyap
Journey to Meet Shiva
Journey to Meet Vajrakilaya

20 Hanuman the Monkey God
Journey to Meet Hanuman

21 The Nagas
Journey to Meet the Nagas
Journey to Meet Nagakanya

22 Garuda
Journey to Meet Garuda

23 Local Deities, Protectors, Ancestral Guardians
Journey to Meet the Spirit of a Local Landscape Feature
Journey to Meet Your Protective Spirits

Healing through Our Connections to All That Is

24 The Eight Fetters

25 Healing and Empowerment through Ceremony
The Khardga Puja Ceremony

26 Other Purifying Rituals

27 The Shamanic Ransom Ritual
The Kalchakra Katne Ceremony

28 Honoring Our Relationship with the Cosmos
The Graha Sarne Ceremony

Spiritual and Emotional Unification


Celebrating Durga and the Customs of Dashain



About the Authors

About the Author

Evelyn C. Rysdyk is an internationally recognized shamanic healer, teacher, speaker, and author of several books, including The Norse Shaman and A Spirit Walker's Guide to Shamanic Tools. Teaching advanced experiential shamanism through her organization, Spirit Passages, she finds creative inspiration and renewal on the coast of Maine. Bhola Nath Banstola is a 27th-generation Nepalese shaman, or jhankri. With his wife, he teaches traditional Himalayan shamanic practices in Europe and North America and leads groups on shamanic tours of Nepal. He divides his time between Italy and Nepal.


"The collaboration of Rysdyk and Banstola has created a compelling read--one that my inner anthropologist recognizes as an ethnography. These two visionaries, Western and Traditional, have given us a look into a non- Western cultural tradition that few of us know about. My inner understanding of myself and my world has been enhanced in response." * Hank Wesselman Ph.D., anthropologist, author of the Spiritwalker trilogy *
"This book is an accessible chronicle of esoteric cosmology and ritual that preserves the wisdom ways of an ancient people. The abundant and detailed practices and ceremonies that are presented in this book, which might otherwise be lost, make the spirits come alive for the modern practitioner. This is a generous and enduring work." * Llyn Cedar Roberts, M.A., coauthor of Speaking with Nature *
"If you've been intimidated by the intricate and complex cosmology associated with Nepalese shamanism, this is the book that will walk you through it intelligently, gracefully, and comprehensively. This is an important book to add to the growing effort to preserve indigenous shamanism." * Tom Cowan, author of Fire in the Head *
"This inspirational book reveals the heart of the Nepalese shamanic tradition, showing the essential art of fastening heaven to Earth and releasing all beings from the bondage of the eight fetters by restoring health and harmony to sick people and disenchanted places with loving grace." * Caitlin Matthews, author of Singing the Soul Back Home *
"Brilliant shamanic healer and teacher Evelyn Rysdyk has joined forces with Nepalese wisdomkeeper Bhola Banstola to bring us this amazing offering of the ancient practices of Himalayan shamanism. These ancient practices offer a transformation for you, your community, and the world." * Michael Stone, radio host of Conversations and shamanic practitioner *
"Rysdyk and Banstola offer us a profound merging of ancient Nepalese wisdom and modern understanding, through which we may learn to ride the razor's edge between chaos and order that is the dhami/jhankri's path to shamanic empowerment." * Hillary S. Webb, Ph.D., author of Yanantin and Masintin in the Andean World *
"An astoundingly practical workbook and doorway into the ancient Nepalese shamanic tradition. A book we have waited for for a long time. Rysdyk and Banstola have given us a great gift!" * Nicholas Breeze Wood, editor of Sacred Hoop magazine *
"A big bow of gratitude for this important and captivating book that combines fascinating stories of transcendent initiations into the author's twenty-seventh-generation Nepalese lineage and step-by-step instructions of ceremonies applicable to all shamanic lineages. This book touched my heart!" * Alida Birch, author of The Co-Creation Handbook *
"How lucky to have such knowledgeable and generous guides as Evelyn Rysdyk and Bhola Nath Banstola to lead us on this fascinating journey to explore the ancient spiritual wisdom and ritual practices of Nepalese shamanism." * Mama Donna Henes, urban shaman and author of Bless This House *
"This is an inspiring and vital gathering of unique wisdom nuggets and useful practices derived from a mysterious ancient society. A must-read." * Itzhak Beery, author of The Gift of Shamanism and publisher of shamanportal.org *
"Like discovering an ancient manual and toolbox for reconnecting with your primordial spiritual source, Banstola's childhood encounters with Himalayan spirits of creation, destruction, and death read like a thriller. These authors have made a significant contribution to the literature on shamanism." * Robinette Kennedy, Ph.D., clinical anthropologist and shamanistic practitioner *
"This book is an outstanding contribution in the field of psychological anthropology" * Prem K. Khatry, Ph.D., retired professor of culture at Tribhuvan University, Kathmandu *
"This book, with its wise words and beautiful and evocative photographs and illustrations, is based upon the collective wisdom of many lifetimes and will provide the reader with guidance for a lifetime of exploration and learning. Recommended." * Martin Pallot, Indie Shaman magazine *

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