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.
Perfection of Insight: Buddhist Tantra within Mahayana Buddhism
Early Literary History of the Buddhist Tantras
Buddhist Genesis and the Tantric Tradition
Analogical Thinking in the Buddhist Tantras
The Nature of Buddhist Esotericism
Divinity according to the Buddhist Tantras
Preparation of Disciples
Offering Materials and their Meanings
Symbolism of the Mandala-Palace
Tantric Ritual and Symbolism of its Attainments
Twilight Language and a Tantric Song
The Nine Orifices of the Body
Tantric Teachings about the Inner Zodiac
Female Energy and Symbolism in the Buddhist Tantras
The Five-fold Ritual Symbolism of Passion
Received Teachings of Tibet and Analysis of the Tantric Canon
Name: The Buddhist Tantras: Light on Indo-Tibetan Esotericism (Hardback) – Routledge
Description: By Alex Wayman.
Originally published in 1973.
The volume is divided into four sections:
The introduction places the position of the Buddhist Tantras within Mahayana Buddhism and recalls their early literary history, especially the Guhyasamahatantra; the section...
Categories: General Reference, Buddhism, World Religions, Indian Philosophy