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The first complete translation into English of this Tibetan text, together with the informative commentary by the 8th century master Buddhaguhya. This text is of seminal importance for the history of Buddhist Tantra, especially as very little has been published concerning the origins of Tantra in India.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780700711833
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 1/6/2003
  • Series: Studies in Tantric Traditions
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 584
  • Product dimensions: 6.14 (w) x 9.21 (h) x 1.31 (d)

Table of Contents

Pt. I Introduction 1
I General Introduction 3
II Historical Background 14
III About this Translation 25
IV The Themes and Significance of the MVT 29
Pt. II The Maha-Vairocana-Abhisambodhi Tantra with Buddhaguhya's Commentary 41
I The Elucidation of the Types of Minds 47
II The Laying-out of the Mandala 83
III The Overcoming of Obstacles 153
IV The General Mantra Treasury 159
V The Accomplishment of Mundane Siddhi 164
VI The True Nature of Siddhi Accomplishment 166
VII The Deity Samadhi 207
VIII The Samadhi Without Perceptual Forms 210
IX The True Nature of Mundane and Supramundane Recitation 213
X The Wheel of Letters 216
XI The Mudras 232
XII The Dharma Letter Method, the All-penetrating Gate 250
XIII The Secret Mandala 254
XIV Entry Into The Secret Mandala 301
XV The Eight Secret Mudras 304
XVI Entry to Upholding the Secret Mandala 309
XVII The Ritual Observances for the Vidyas 318
XVIII The Knowledge of the Master's True Nature 326
XIX The Allocation of Letters 333
XX The Bodhisattva's Training Accompanied by Expedient Means 335
XXI The Arising of the Hundred Letters 344
XXII The Acquisition of the Result 348
XXIII The Accomplishment of the Arrangement of the Hundred Letters 354
XXIV Self Accomplishment 364
XXV The Ritual of the Mantra of the Hundred Letters 370
XXVI The Nature of Enlightenment 371
XXVII The Practice of the Three Samayas 373
XXVIII The Tathagata 378
XXIX The Homa Rituals 381
XXX The Transmission 391
Pt. III The Maha-Vairocana-Uttara-Tantra 393
I The Ritual for the Pacifying Homa 395
II The Ritual for the Enriching Homa 402
III The Ritual for the Subduing Homa 406
IV The Ritual for the Homa of the Fierce Actions 409
V The Arrangement of the Meditational Letters and Initiation 413
VI The Ritual for Recitation 417
VII The Great Mandala from which the Tathagatas Arise 419
Pt. IV The Pindartha: Buddhaguhya's Condensed Commentary on The Vairocana-Abhisambodhi Tantra 445
A Theoretical Basis 451
B The Practical Application 475
Conclusion 537
Notes 538
Glossary 563
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