Tantra in Practice

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David Gordon White
Motilal Banarsidass Publ., Jan 1, 2001 - Tantric Buddhism - 640 pages
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Tantra in Practice is the eight volume of Princeton Readings in Religions and the first substantial anthology of Tantric works ever to appear in English. The thirty-nine contributors, drawn from around the world, are leading scholars of Tantra. Each contributor has provided a translation of a key work, in most cases translated here for the first time. Each chapter in the volume begins with an introduction in which the translator discusses the history and influence of the work, identifying points of particular difficulty or interest. David White has provided a general introduction to the volume that serves as an ideal guide to the riches contained between the covers of this book. He has organized the volume thematically, providing fascinating juxtapositions of works from different regions, periods, and traditions. Two additional tables of contents are provided, organizing the works by tradition and by country of origin.

The range of works represented here is remarkable, spanning the continent of Asia and the traditions of Hinduism, Buddhism, Jainism and Islam over more than a millennium. With the publication this volume, the long disparaged and neglected Tantric traditions of Asia receive the attention they so rightly deserve. This is a groundbreaking work.
  

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Contents

Japan
4
The Consecration of the Monastic Compound at Mount Koya by Kukai
6
China
7
Precepts for an Emperor
8
Longchenpa and the Possession of the Dakinis
14
Zen Dharma Transmission Rituals
17
The Tibetan Practice of the Mantra Path According to Lcesgompa
19
Tantric Buddhism and Chinese Thought in East Asia
21
The Jain Monk Jinapati Sun Gets the Better of a Nath Yogi
231
Longchenpa and the Possession of the Dakinis David Germano
239
Preface to a NineteenthCentury
266
Zen Dharma Transmission Rituals
299
A SeventeenthCentury Vaisnava
308
The Tibetan Practice of the Mantra Path According to Lcesgompa
326
Selections from the Kularnava Tantra
347
Tantric Buddhism and Chinese Thought in East Asia
361

Worship of the Ladies of the Dipper
22
The Great Wisdom Mother and the Gcod Tradition
23
Ritual Manual for the Protective Fire Offering Devoted to Manjusri Chuin Lireage
28
A Tantric Meditation on Emptiness
30
Japanese Tantra the Tachikawaryu and Ryobu Shinto
31
Assorted Topics of the Great Completeness by Dodrupchen 111
34
Cheating Death Hindu Tantra
36
The Tantric Guru
41
Sacrifice June McDaniel
72
A Parody of the Kapalikas in the Mattavilasa David N Lorenzen
81
A Trance Healing Session with Mataji Kathleen M Erndl
97
The Consecration of the Monastic Compound at Mount Koya
119
Praises of the Drunken Peacocks Richard H Davis
131
Precepts for an Emperor Allan G Grapard
146
The Use of Tantric Imagery in Sakta
167
The Wedding of Siva and the Goddess in the Kuldlifcdmnaya
184
Nepal
188
The Goddess Taleju and the King
195
Tantric Rites in Antals Poetry D Dennis Hudson
206
Worship of the Ladies of the Dipper Charles D Orzech
383
The Great Wisdom Mother and the Gcod Tradition
396
Worship of BellEars the Great Hero a Jain Tantric Deity
417
Secret Yantras and Erotic Display for Hindu Temples
434
The Six Rites of Magic Gudrun Buhnemann
447
The Worship of Kali According to the Todala Tantra
463
Ritual Manual for the Protective Fire Offering Devoted to Manjusri
489
The Purification of the Body Gavin Flood
509
A Tantric Meditation on Emptiness Donald S Lopez Jr
523
Japanese Tantra the Tachikawaryu and Ryobu Shinto
543
Assorted Topics of the Great Completeness by Dodrupchen III
557
A Poem by Abhinavagupta
573
Vajrayoga in the Kalacakra Tantra John Newman
587
Divinatory and Meditative Practices in the Twelfth
595
Century Yogasastra of Hemacandra
597
Cheating Death Michael Waiter
605
Glossary of Foreign Terms
625
Index
635
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