Indian Esoteric Buddhism: Social History of the Tantric Movement

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Motilal Banarsidass Publ., Jan 1, 2004 - Tantric Buddhism - 475 pages
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Despite the rapid spread of Buddhism the historical origins of Buddhsit thought and practice remain obscure.This work describes the genesis of the Tantric movement and in some ways an example of the feudalization of Indian society. Drawing on primary documents from sanskrit, prakrit, tibetan, Bengali, and chinese author shows how changes in medieval Indian society, including economic and patronage crises, a decline in women`s participation and the formation of large monastic orders led to the rise of the esoteric tradition in India.
  

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Contents

Introduction A Plethora of Premises
1
Habits of the Heart Deductive Premises and Buddhist Inhibitions
7
Artes Historicae in the Renaissance
15
Tropes Heuristics and Other Dangerous Things
22
Prayers in the Palace Swords in the Temple Early Medieval India
25
The Occlusion of the Medieval
26
Early Medieval Political and Military Events
30
The Culture of Military Opportunism
62
KapalikaBuddhist Conversions
217
The Pasupatas
218
Siddhas in the Tribal Landscape
224
A Complex Terrain
233
Siddhas Literature and Language
236
Regional Towns and the Lay Siddha
237
The Hidden Scriptures
239
From Transmission to Reception
245

Aesthetics and the Apotheosis of Kingship
68
Feudalization of Divinity
71
Early Medieval Vitality
74
The Medieval Buddhist Experience
75
Guilds Commerce and Political Legitimacy
77
Politics Patronage and Ethics The Loss of Kuntala and Andhrapatha
83
Medieval Womens Buddhism Hidden from View or Missing in Action?
91
The Agenda of Skepticism
99
The Turn to Epistemology
102
Big Important Monasteries Administrators in Maroon Robes
105
A Tradition Under Duress
111
The Victory of Esoterism and the Imperial Metaphor
113
The SeventhCentury Beginning
116
Becoming the Rajadhiraja The Central Mantrayana Metaphor
118
Mandalas and Fields of Plenty
131
Becoming the Institution
144
Monks and Their Rituals
153
Sacralization of the Domain
160
Esoteric Buddhism as Sacralized Samanta Feudalism
166
Siddhas and the Religious Landscape
169
Some Siddha Social Models
171
First Moments in Siddha Identity
173
Saiva and Sakta Ascetic Orders
177
Marginal Siddha Topography
187
The Agnostic Landscape
191
Buddhist Siddhas and the Vidyadharas
194
Chronological Concerns and Saiva Exchanges
202
Indian Scared Geography
206
Siddha Divinities Bhairava and Heruka
211
The Buddhas Talking Skull Excites Women Kills Snakes and Belches a Book
247
Everything Your Know Is Wrong
252
The Construct of Coded Language
257
Coded Language as Secret Ritual Words
262
Secret Sacred Sociolinguistics
269
Extreme Language and Comedy in the Tantras
277
The Literature of Perfection
290
Siddhas Monks and Communities
293
Siddha Mandalas Circles of Goddesses
294
Siddhas in a Circle Siddhas in a Line Siddhas in a Mob
303
Buddhajnanapadas Travels
309
Gatherings and Ganacakras The Ritual Community
318
Rules of Order
322
SelfCriticism and Correction
327
Becoming the VidyadharaCakravartin
330
Its a Siddhas Life
334
Conclusion The Esoteric Conundrum
336
Probable Pasupata Sites
341
Glossary
345
Notes
349
Abbreviations
417
Bibliography
419
Chinese Sources
434
Indigenous Tibetan Sources
435
Archaeological and Epigraphic Materials
438
General Modern Sources
444
Index
465
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