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Hevajra Tantra : A Critical Study - David L. Snellgrove

Hevajra Tantra

A Critical Study

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In this groundbreaking work, the author presents a full translation of, and commentary on, the Hevajra tantra, providing not only deep insight into arguably the most important surviving tantric Buddhist text but also placing the entire corpus of such works into a more accurate context. Snellgrove presents the Hevajra tantra, and tantric texts of this class, not as degenerate products of a faith at the time in terminal decline in India?as has often been claimed by puritanicalscholars?but rather as a wholly legitimate expression of esoteric ritual and meditative practice developed as a natural evolution within the madhyamika tradition. While based primarily on Nepalese manuscript editions of the text, Snellgrove makes extensive reference to the Tibetan translation as well as to extant Indian commentaries. The first half of the work comprises an introduction and the actual translation with detailed annotations, while the second consists of the Romanized original Sanskrit and Tibetan texts and an extensive glossary. AUTHOR: David Snellgrove, Ph. D., D. Litt., was elected Fellow of the British Academy in 1968. For a five year period he was Consultant for Buddhism at the then newly established Vatican Secretariat for non-Christian Religions. The author of numerous books and articles on Himalayan and Southeast Asian religions, he has been widely recognized for his extensive contributions to Asian scholarship. ILLUSTRATIONS 2 b/w images *

Preface to the Second Editionp. ix
Later Edited Tantric Textsp. xix
Preface to the First Editionp. xxi
Bibliographyp. xxv
Introduction
Apologeticp. 1
Originsp. 11
Subject-matterp. 19
Observationsp. 39
Translation
The Body of Hevajrap. 47
Mantrasp. 50
Hevajra and his Troupep. 56
Self-consecrationp. 59
Realityp. 60
The Performancep. 63
Secret Signsp. 66
The Troupe of Yoginisp. 73
The Spheres of Purificationp. 78
Consecrationp. 81
The Four Gazesp. 84
Consecrations and Oblationsp. 88
The Certainty of Successp. 89
The Basis of all Tantrasp. 94
Answers to Various Questionsp. 100
The Manifestation of Hevajrap. 109
The Making of a Paintingp. 114
Books and Feastingp. 115
Subjugatingp. 116
Mantrasp. 116
On Reciting Mantrasp. 118
The Five Familiesp. 118
The Four Consecrationsp. 119
Résumé of Contentsp. 121
Diagramsp. 126
Glossary of Special Termsp. 131
Indexp. 143
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ISBN: 9789745241282
ISBN-10: 9745241288
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 192
Published: 16th March 2010
Publisher: Orchid Press Publishing Limited
Country of Publication: TH
Dimensions (cm): 22.9 x 19.1  x 2.3
Weight (kg): 0.53