Mediating the Power of Buddhas / Edition 1

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Analyzes a seventh-century ritual manual that provides both a rich source of information of medieval Buddhist life and addresses the ongoing concern of how an adherent can encounter the power of a buddha.
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Wallis (religion, U. of Georgia) examines the , an eighth century Indian work written in a somewhat unconventional form of Sanskrit. In studying this text, the author seeks to analyze a particular type of practice available to Indian Buddhists in the medieval period, centered on the belief in the Buddha's power in the world, and the practitioner's ability to mediate that power and manipulate it toward specific ends. For religious scholars and practicing Buddhists. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (
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Wallis sheds much new light on the transition between 'sutra' and 'tantra' literature of Buddhist India.— John J. Makransky, author of Buddhahood Embodied: Sources of Controversy in India and Tibet

"Wallis brings alive the world of the Mañjusoeriμmuμlakalpa and its ritual practitioner, and he draws on a variety of medieval and modern sources to illuminate the text. The Mañjusoeriμmuμlakalpa is a crucial text for understanding medieval Indian Buddhism, yet, because of its immensity, it has been studied rather sparingly and incompletely-and never before with the particular ritual studies-cum-comparative-Indological perspective that Wallis brings to bear."— Roger Jackson, coeditor of Buddhist Theology: Critical Reflections by Contemporary Buddhist Scholars
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780791454121
  • Publisher: State University of New York Press
  • Publication date: 7/28/2002
  • Series: SUNY Series in Buddhist Studies
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 352
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Glenn Wallis is Assistant Professor in the Department of Religion at the University of Georgia.

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Table of Contents



1: Introduction

1.1 Aims
1.2 Methods
1.3 The Text: Mañjusrımulakalpa
1.4 The Ritual

2: The Source of Power: The Assembly (sannipata)

2.1 Cosmology
2.2 Mmk 1: vision and cult
2.3 The text as cult image
2.4 Revelation and transmission

3: The Refraction of Power: The Cult Image (pata)

3.1 The pata as image and animated object
3.2 Creation of the cult object (patavidhana)

4: The Empowered Practitioner (sadhaka)

4.1 The practitioner in the text
4.2 The sadhaka
4.3 Epithets and space

5: Summary and Conclusion





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