The thesis of the article is that the buddha was a shaman and that buddhism is therefore shamanic and the references include an article by an academic scholar who comes to the same conclusion based on a different argument replication. Im not saying buddha was or was not a shaman and yes i know what a traditional indigenous shaman is and from what i believe the overall point of shamanism is to help people. In what ways are shamanism and buddhism incompatible update cancel answer wiki 7 answers buddha had a very specific and clear process for evaluating beliefs and ideas are for me the same and the greatest barrier to both is the being without doing for a shaman this being reveals a world that one can then be a part of i do not . Shaman lama buddha occult techniques and the popularization of tantric ritual in tibet claire villarreal abstract tantra is commonly referred to as esoteric buddhism yet it has become the dominant form of popular practice in tibetan and other himalayan cultures in an effort to account for the popular dimension of this elite
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