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The Buddhist Tantras : light on Indo-Tibetan esotericism

According to over thirty years learn, The Buddhist Tantras comprises a lot fabric no longer simply on hand somewhere else in Western language resources. This comprises such concerns because the tantric conception of divinity, category of providing fabrics, authoritative symbolism of the mandala-palace, an evidence of tantric ritual, the tantric instructing concerning the body's 9 orifices, and the speculation of lady strength within the Buddhist tantras.

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Bhattacharya, editor, The Yogiiciirabhumi of Aciirya Asaliga, Part I (Calcutta, 1 957), pp. 4 1 -42. 26 Introductions state there appeared an earth essence 3 which some being disposed to greediness tasted with his finger. It pleased him, he came to eat mouthfuls, and other beings followed suit. Thus these beings became dependent on morsel food, still subtle. They lost their original qualities of feeding on joy, body made of mind, and so on, and their bodies became heavier and more substantial. The ones who least indulged, retained with pride their beautiful form .

John Blofeld, The Tantric Mysticism of Tibet is on the right track with his brief section "The inter­ play of body, speech, and mind," where the body does prostrations, makes gestures (mudrd) , etc. ; speech utters mantra-s ; and the mind visualizes the deity. " This is Anandagarbha's point that a tantric teaching is labelled "secret" when there is a restriction on teaching it to others. This sense of the word is deeply impressed on those who take the tantric initiations, especially the Hierophant's Initiation (vajrdcdrya-abhi eka).

Bbyun babi rgyu), the formal cause (ran gi iw bo, S. svarupa), the material cause (bgrub pabi rgyu), and the final cause (grub pa dban du bgyur babi rgyu) . To illustrate the application of these terms, I shall briefly explain Mkhas­ grub-rje's employment of them for the "Symbolic Seal" (samaya-mudrd). In this case, the "efficient cause" is the thunderbolt tie (vajrabandha), the necessary preliminary. The " formal cause" involves the rite of executing the = 9. Cf. Wayman, "The five-fold ritual symbolism of passion," reprinted herein.

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