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Newar Buddhism is the form of Vajrayana Buddhism practiced by the Newar people of the Kathmandu Valley, Nepal. It has developed unique socio-religious elements, which include a non-monastic Buddhist society based on the Newar caste system and patrilineality. The ritual priestly (guruju) caste, vajracharya (who perform rituals for others) and shakya (who perform rituals mostly within their own families) form the non-celibate religious clergy caste while other Buddhist Newar castes like the Urāy act as patrons. Uray also patronise Tibetan Vajrayana, Theravadin, and even Japanese clerics. It is the oldest known sect of the Vajrayana tradition outdating the Tibetan school of Vajrayana by more than 600 years.

Articles about Newar Buddhism

1. Newar Buddhism : Problems and Possibilities View Details
– Min Bahadur Shakya

2. Monasticism in Newar Buddhism: A Historical Analysis Download PDF
– Min Bahadur Shakya

3. Preservation of Sanskrit Buddhist Manuscripts in the Kathmandu Valley Download PDF
– Min Bahadur Shakya

4. Samyak Festival of Lalitpur
– Min Bahadur Shakya

5. Unique Feature of Newar Buddhism Download PDF
– John K Locke

6. Uposadha Vrata of Avalokitesvara
– John K Locke

7. On the Revival of Newar Buddhism: One Scholar’s Reflection View Details
– Todd Lewis

8. Buddhism Without Monks: The Vajrayana Religion of the Newars of the Kathmandu Valley Download PDF
– Michael Allen

9. Procession and Pilgrimage in Newar Religion Download PDF
– Micheal Allen

10. Ritualized Devotion, Altruism, and Meditation: The Offering of the Guru Mandala in Newar Buddhism Download PDF
– David N. Gellner

11. Sukhāvatī Traditions in Newar Buddhism Download PDF
– Todd T. Lewis

12. The Survival of Mahāyāna Buddhism in Nepal: A Fresh Appraisal Download PDF
– Alexander Von Rospatt

13. The Worship of Mañjuśrī in Nepal Download PDF
– Miroj Shakya

14. A Study of Tantric Rituals in Nepalese Buddhism: Saptavidhānuttarapūjā Download PDF
– Manik Bajracharya