The Buddhist Tantras: Light on Indo-Tibetan Esotericism

599620800ce75.jpg Author Alex Wayman
Isbn 9780415461634
File size 11MB
Year 2008
Pages 270
Language English
File format PDF
Category Religion

Book Description:

Originally published in 1973.

The volume is divided into four sections:

    1. The introduction places the position of the Buddhist Tantras within Mahayana Buddhism and recalls their early literary history, especially the Guhyasamahatantra; the section also covers Buddhist Genesis and the Tantric tradition.


  • The foundations of the Buddhist Tantras are discussed and the Tantric presentation of divinity; the preparation of disciples and the meaning of initiation; symbolism of the mandala-palace Tantric ritual and the twilight language.



  • This section explores the Tantric teachings of the inner Zodiac and the fivefold ritual symbolism of passion.



  • The bibliographical research contains an analysis of the Tantric section of the Kanjur exegesis and a selected Western Bibliography of the Buddhist Tantras with comments.



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