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Sasha Graham's Ghost Stories by the Fire Episode #7: "Bloodthirsty Demons" with Buddhist Scholar Dr. Alex Gardner

Updated: Mar 27

Would you spend 10 days sequestered inside a Tibetan cave? 

Can we transcend our human body through devotional and ecstatic practice?

What does it mean to love a supernatural being?

Alex Gardner holds a Ph.D. in Buddhist studies from the University of Michigan. He is the director of the Treasury of Lives a Digital Biographical Encyclopedia of Tibet, Inner Asia, and the Himalayan Region.

In this episode of Sasha Graham's Ghost Stories by the Fire, Dr. Alex Gardner shares stories of demons drinking blood from human skulls, how the Tibetan Book of the Dead acts as a road map for The Departed and his unexpected participation in in a Tibetan sky burial. Alex shares the importance of familial myth and the power of belief.


The Grandfather Who  Walked Through Trees [5:19]

Devotional Practice [9:59]

Bloodthirsty Demons [17:24]

Skye Burial [24:36]

Tibetan Book of the Dead [32:05]

Episode Links:

Alex Gardner's WebsiteTreasury of Lives

Ghost Stories theme song "Lovely," comes from the The Deeper You Dig  by the Adams Family. This horror flick is a different kind of ghost story that will haunt you after it ends! Watch now, free on Tubi: YOU have a SPOOKY STORY? I want to hear it and maybe read it on the show! Submit your Ghost Story:


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