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Esoteric Buddhism at Dunhuang

Esoteric Buddhism at Dunhuang

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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 wrathful divinity Vajrakīlaya, while Sam van Schaik considers approaches to the vows of tantric adepts. Philosophical interpretations of Mahāyoga 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 dhāraṇīs, and their role as amulets accompanying the deceased. The collection is an important advance in our understanding of the historical development of Buddhist tantra.
About the Author: Matthew T. Kapstein is director of Tibetan Religious Studies at the École Pratique des Hautes Études (Paris) and Numata Visiting Professor of Buddhist Studies at the University of Chicago. His recent books include The Tibetans (Oxford 2006) and an edited volume, Buddhism Between Tibet and China (Boston 2009).

Sam van Schaik is a Senior Researcher for the International Dunhuang Project at the British Library. Recent publications include the book Approaching the Great Perfection (Wisdom 2004) and Tibetan Tantric Manuscripts from Dunhuang (Brill 2006). His current project, sponsored by the Leverhulme Trust, concerns the palæography of manuscripts from Dunhuang.

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  • ISBN-13: 9789004182035
  • Publisher: Brill
  • Publisher Imprint: Brill
  • Depth: 19
  • Language: English
  • Returnable: N
  • Spine Width: 23 mm
  • Weight: 522 gr
  • ISBN-10: 9004182039
  • Publisher Date: 28 Jan 2010
  • Binding: Hardback
  • Height: 241 mm
  • No of Pages: 280
  • Series Title: Brill's Tibetan Studies Library
  • Sub Title: Rites and Teachings for This Life and Beyond
  • Width: 160 mm

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