Esoteric Buddhism at Dunhuang: Rites and Teachings for This Life and Beyond Matthew T. Kapstein

ISBN: 9789004182035

Published: January 28th 2010

Hardcover

252 pages


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Esoteric Buddhism at Dunhuang: Rites and Teachings for This Life and Beyond  by  Matthew T. Kapstein

Esoteric Buddhism at Dunhuang: Rites and Teachings for This Life and Beyond by Matthew T. Kapstein
January 28th 2010 | Hardcover | PDF, EPUB, FB2, DjVu, AUDIO, mp3, ZIP | 252 pages | ISBN: 9789004182035 | 9.64 Mb

Esoteric Buddhism in late first millennium Tibet and China is nowhere in evidence so clearly as in materials from Dunhuang. In the original contributions presented here, Robert Mayer and Cathy Cantwell examine the consecrations of the wrathfulMoreEsoteric Buddhism in late first millennium Tibet and China is nowhere in evidence so clearly as in materials from Dunhuang. In the original contributions presented here, Robert Mayer and Cathy Cantwell examine the consecrations of the wrathful divinity Vajrak laya, while Sam van Schaik considers approaches to the vows of tantric adepts.

Philosophical interpretations of Mah yoga inform Kammie Takahashi s study of the Questions of Vajrasattva . The background for later Tibetan tantric mortuary rites are examined in chapters by Yoshiro Imaeda and Matthew Kapstein. In the closing chapter, Katherine Tsiang investigates early printing in relation to esoteric dh ra s, and their role as amulets accompanying the deceased. The collection is an important advance in our understanding of the historical development of Buddhist tantra.



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