Tibetan Renaissance: Tantric Buddhism in the Rebirth of Tibetan Culture / Edition 1

Tibetan Renaissance: Tantric Buddhism in the Rebirth of Tibetan Culture / Edition 1

by Ronald M. Davidson
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Columbia University Press
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Tibetan Renaissance: Tantric Buddhism in the Rebirth of Tibetan Culture / Edition 1

How did a society on the edge of collapse and dominated by wandering bands of armed men give way to a vibrant Buddhist culture, led by yogins and scholars? Ronald M. Davidson explores how the translation and spread of esoteric Buddhist texts dramatically shaped Tibetan society and led to its rise as the center of Buddhist culture throughout Asia, replacing India as the perceived source of religious ideology and tradition. Durgaing the Tibetan Renaissance (950-1200 C.E.), monks and yogins translated an enormous number of Indian Buddhist texts. They employed the evolving literature and practices of esoteric Buddhism as the basis to reconstruct Tibetan religious, cultural, and political institutions. Many translators achieved the de facto status of feudal lords and while not always loyal to their Buddhist vows, these figures helped solidify political power in the hands of religious authorities and began a process that led to the Dalai Lama's theocracy. Davidson's vivid portraits of the monks, priests, popular preachers, yogins, and aristocratic clans who changed Tibetan society and culture further enhance his perspectives on the tensions and transformations that characterized medieval Tibet.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780231134712
Publisher: Columbia University Press
Publication date: 09/14/2005
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 616
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 8.90(h) x 1.30(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

Table of Contents

List of Maps, Figures
Pronunciation Guide
Chapter 1: Early Medieval India and the Esoteric Rhapsody
Chapter 2: The Demise of Dynasty and a Poorly Lit Path
Chapter 3: Renaissance and Reformation: The Eastern Vinaya Monks
Chapter 4: Translators as the New Aristocracy
Chapter 5: Drokmi: The Doyen of Central Tibetan Translators
Chapter 6: Treasure Text, the Imperial Legacy
Chapter 7: The Late Eleventh Century: From Esoteric Lineages to Clan Temples
Chapter 8: The Early Twelfth Century: A Confident Tibetan Buddhism
Chapter 9: The Late Twelfth to Early Thirteenth Century: Ethical Crises, International
Chapter 10: Conclusion and Epilogue: The Victory of the Clan Structure, Late Tantric Buddhism
Tibetan Orthographic Equivalents
Appendix 1: Eastern Vinaya Temples, Cave Temples
Appendix 2: Translation and Text of the Root Text of the *Margaphala
Appendix 3: A Concordance of Early Commentaries on the Root Text of the *Margaphala
Notes to Appendices
Notes to the Edition

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