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TANTRA AND POPULAR RELIGION IN TIBET by Geoffrey Samuel, Hamish Gregor, Elisabeth Stutchbury
The papers in this collection, with one exception, originated in a session on Tibet and Himalayan Societies held at the Australian Anthropological Society conference at the University of Newcastle, Australia, in August 1988. The conveners of the session wanted as wide a representation as possible of Tibetan and Himalayan specialists from Australia and New Zealand. They suggested that participants might choose to address a common theme, "Tantra and Everyday Religion". The term "everyday" or "popular" religion was meant to include both the formal religious traditions of Tibetan Buddhism and Bon as part of everyday Tibetan life and the so called "folk religion" (Tucci 1980: 163-212). The theme intended to suggest that Tantra formed an integral part of this whole area of 'everyday religion'.
This book is an exhaustive study on Tantric Buddhism touching upon all aspects of the religion as it evolved through centuries. The introductory chapter describes the meaning of the Tantras, their antiquity and the emergence and growth of Tantric Buddhism. The difference between the Hindu Tantras and the Buddhist Tantras have also been outlined. The subsequent chapters study the Tantric trend in Buddhism different aspects of Tantric Buddhism, some prominent siddharcaryas, Tantric literature, gods and goddesses and the impact of Tantric Buddhism on the literature and social life of the people of this soil.
This book is particularly valuable for its scholarly exposition of the origin and development of Tantric Buddhism. It is a well-researched and documented work supplemented with carefully chosen photographs. Written in lucid, dignified and absorbing style, this book will prove both stimulating and informative to the scholars and even to the general readers.
This volume contains informative and analytical papers by eminent scholars on different aspects of Tantric buddhism and Tantras in general. The essaays throw significant light on the so-called puzzling obscurity of Tantric ideas and practices especially pertaining to the Buddhist Tantras. They demonstrate the richness and variety of Buddhist Tantric literature. They also show that fragments of Mahayanic philosophical ideas lie scattered in the Buddhist Tantras, sometimes as speculations on the nature of the truth and mainly in the context of the ceremonies and secret yogic practices.
OVERVIEW OF BUDDHIST TANTRA: General Presentation of the Classes of Tantra, Captivating the Minds of the Fortunate Ones by Panchen Sonam Dragpa
An outstanding sourcebook for information on the tantric grounds and paths. The process of empowerment--the role of the teacher, the student, the steps involved-- is detailed and the bodhisattva vows, tantric vows and commitments, mandala theory, the classes of tantra and tantric terminology are discussed.
DAWN OF TANTRA by Guenther / Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche
Westerners wanting to know about tantra - particularly the Buddhist tantra of Tibet - have often had to work with speculation and fancy. In The Dawn of Tantra the reader meets a Tibetan meditation mastre and a Western scholar whose grasp of Buddhist tantra is real and unquestionable. In their collaboration - based on a seminar given in Berkeley, California - Herbert V. Guenther and Chogyam Trungpa offer a balanced view of their subject that avoids the extremes of arid scholarship and facile psychology. In the words of Trungpa Rinpoche, "Professor Guenther and I decided that the best way for us to approach the subject of tantra together is for him to deal with the prajna, or knowledge aspect of it, and for me to deal with the upaya, the skillful means or actual application aspect of it." The resulting discussion is both true to the intent of the ancient Tibetan teachings and relevant to the everyday world of contemporary Westerners.
In (perhaps) secret defiance of the rigid prescriptive codes of the Buddhist monastic order cropped up a new, esoteric cultic phenomenon. Which, later known as Buddhist tantra, not just compromised Sakyamuni's ethical legacy, but came to be administered by a whole host of Mudras, Mandalas, kriyas, caryas and mysteriously ritualistic elements, even hedonistic practices. Dr. Mishra's book attempts afresh to investigate when, why and how emerged this secrecy-ridden cult: now a spiritual tradition in its own right.
The author, who has had long, personal interactions with some of the living tantriks, here enters the dark alleys of Buddhist tantra to look for its nucleus, its evolution, its culmination, and the causes of its disintegration. Focussing, further, on the shifting philosophical tenets of Buddhism: from Hinayana to Mahayana, Vajrayana, Kalacakrayana and, finally, Sahajayana, Dr. Mishra spells out quintessentially the worldview of Buddhist tantra and its path to nirvana or sukhavati: the abode of bliss, together with a wide range of tantric concepts that remain guhya (secret) to the uninitiated.
PREPARING FOR TANTRA by Je Tsongkapa, comm. by Pabongka Rinpoche, trans. by Khen Rinpoche Geshe Lobsang Tharchin with Michael Roach
In 1402, Je Tsongkapa made direct visionary contact with the Lamas of the lineage by using the text of the Mountain of Blessings, a work which has been utilized by teachers ever since to prepare students for tantric initiation. Included is a rare commentary by Pabongka Rinpoche and an introduction by Geshe Tharchin, former abbot of Sera Jey Monastery.
PROFOUND BUDDHISM: From Hinayana to Vajrayana by Kalu Rinpoche
Teachings on emotions from a Hinayana, Mahayana, and Vajrayana point of view. Includes teachings on the nature of mind, the mind-body relationship, emptiness, compassion, the cycle of existence and karma.
BUDDHIST PHILOSOPHY: A Perspective from the Nyingma Tradition Palden Sherab, Khenpo
This volume consists of edited transcripts of a series of talks given at the Kagyu E-Vam Buddhist Institute by Khenpo Sherab and translated by Traleg Rinpoche.
1. The Three Baskets
4. The Sravakayana: Vaibhasika and Sautrantika
5. Mahayana: Yogacara
6. Svatantrika Madhyamika
7. Prasangika Madhyamika
8. Tantric Philosophy
9. The Outer Cycle of Tantra: Kriyatantra
10. The Outer Cycle of Tantra: Upaya and Yogatantra