Sharp Practice

The Ritual Dagger in Bön Sorcery and Vajrayana BuddhismBy Robert Fitzgerald


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Sharp Practice

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Ritual daggers have long been vital accoutrements in the exercise of magic, sorcery and shamanic practice. As a means of subduing demonic forces, their essence is derived from their power to penetrate and transfix. In India and Tibet, they are the centre of a vast and ancient spiritual lineage of devotees, who use the dagger or phurba as a means of both exorcism and enlightenment.

Sharp Practice is a short exposition upon 'Dagger as Deity' as purely expressed within Bön animist practice and Vajrayana Buddhism. It further delineates the evolution of the Phurba as ritual weapon. Examining its deific essence, as well as its iconography, the book concludes with a rite dedicated to the Three Jewels, inspired by each tradition.

Originally conceived for the 'Three Hands Press Occult Monographs' series, the text has been expanded from its original form, and includes several original illustrations by Chicago based artist Johnny Decker Miller. The book is 80 pages, printed on heavy, acid-free stock and available in the following limited editions:

A standard hardcover edition in gilt-stamped white cloth and color dust jacket, limited to 888 hand numbered copies — $49.00.

A deluxe edition in gilt-stamped, quarter-bound English Tan goatskin with azure cloth, limited to 37 hand numbered and slipcased copies — $380.00.

A special edition bound in gilt-stamped, full maroon goatskin, limited to 16 hand-numbered slipcased copies, each signed by the author — $475.00.

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Weight 16 oz
Dimensions 9 x 6 x 1 in
Publication Date

August 20, 2019

Page Count

80

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Hardcover Edition

Gilt-stamped white cloth and color dust jacket. Limited to 888 hand numbered copies.

Deluxe Edition

Gilt-stamped, quarter-bound English Tan goatskin with azure cloth. Limited to 37 hand numbered and slipcased copies.

Special Edition

Gilt-stamped, full maroon goatskin. Limited to 16 hand-numbered slipcased copies, each signed by the Author.

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