This volume consists of eight studies, each one bringing to light new material of use to comparative religionists and historians of religion, as well as to students of Tibetan Buddhism. These studies are based on critical scrutiny of indigenous sources and, in many cases, the learned opinion of native Tibetan scholars. The studies are organized around two dominant themes in Tibetan religious life the quest for clarity and insight via visionary exploration and philosophical exploration.
About the Author
Steven D. Goodman is Professor of Tibetan Studies at the Institute of Buddhist Studies, Graduate Theological Union.
Ronald M. Davidson is Assistant Professor of Religious Studies and Director of the Program in Asian Studies at Fairfield University.
Table of Contents
Part One: Philosophical Explorations
1. Some Aspects of rDzogs-chen Thought
Herbert V. Guenther
2. What is Buddhist Logic?: Some Tibetan Developments of Pramana Theory
3. A Dialogue on Death: Tibetan Commentators on the First Chapter of Aryadeva's Catuhsataka
Part Two: Visionary Explorations
4. A Ch'an Text from Tun-huang: Implications for Ch'an Influence on Tibetan Buddhism
Kenneth K. Tanaka and Raymond E. Robertson
5. Remarks on the Mani bKa'-'bum and the Cult of Avalokitesvara in Tibet
6. Genre, Authorship, and Transmission in Visionary Buddhism: The Literary Traditions of Thang-stong rGyal-po
7. Preliminary Studies on Hevajra's Abhisamaya and the Lam-'bras Tshogs-bshad
Ronald M. Davidson
8. Rig-'dzin 'Jigs-med gling-pa and the kLong-Chen sNying-Thig
Steven D. Goodman
Index of Personal Names