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The Maha-Vairocana-Abhisambodhi Tantra : With Buddhaguhya's Commentary - Stephen Hodge

The Maha-Vairocana-Abhisambodhi Tantra

With Buddhaguhya's Commentary

Hardcover Published: 5th September 2002
ISBN: 9780700711833
Number Of Pages: 580

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The first complete translation into English of this Tibetan text, together with the informative commentary by the 8th century master Buddhaguhya. This text is of seminal importance for the history of Buddhist Tantra, especially as very little has been published concerning the origins of Tantra in India.

Introductionp. 1
General Introductionp. 3
Historical Backgroundp. 14
About this Translationp. 25
The Themes and Significance of the MVTp. 29
The Maha-Vairocana-Abhisambodhi Tantra with Buddhaguhya's Commentaryp. 41
The Elucidation of the Types of Mindsp. 47
The Laying-out of the Mandalap. 83
The Overcoming of Obstaclesp. 153
The General Mantra Treasuryp. 159
The Accomplishment of Mundane Siddhip. 164
The True Nature of Siddhi Accomplishmentp. 166
The Deity Samadhip. 207
The Samadhi Without Perceptual Formsp. 210
The True Nature of Mundane and Supramundane Recitationp. 213
The Wheel of Lettersp. 216
The Mudrasp. 232
The Dharma Letter Method, the All-penetrating Gatep. 250
The Secret Mandalap. 254
Entry Into The Secret Mandalap. 301
The Eight Secret Mudrasp. 304
Entry to Upholding the Secret Mandalap. 309
The Ritual Observances for the Vidyasp. 318
The Knowledge of the Master's True Naturep. 326
The Allocation of Lettersp. 333
The Bodhisattva's Training Accompanied by Expedient Meansp. 335
The Arising of the Hundred Lettersp. 344
The Acquisition of the Resultp. 348
The Accomplishment of the Arrangement of the Hundred Lettersp. 354
Self Accomplishmentp. 364
The Ritual of the Mantra of the Hundred Lettersp. 370
The Nature of Enlightenmentp. 371
The Practice of the Three Samayasp. 373
The Tathagatap. 378
The Homa Ritualsp. 381
The Transmissionp. 391
The Maha-Vairocana-Uttara-Tantrap. 393
The Ritual for the Pacifying Homap. 395
The Ritual for the Enriching Homap. 402
The Ritual for the Subduing Homap. 406
The Ritual for the Homa of the Fierce Actionsp. 409
The Arrangement of the Meditational Letters and Initiationp. 413
The Ritual for Recitationp. 417
The Great Mandala from which the Tathagatas Arisep. 419
The Pindartha: Buddhaguhya's Condensed Commentary on The Vairocana-Abhisambodhi Tantrap. 445
Theoretical Basisp. 451
The Practical Applicationp. 475
Conclusionp. 537
Notesp. 538
Glossaryp. 563
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ISBN: 9780700711833
ISBN-10: 070071183X
Series: Curzon Studies in Tantric Traditions
Audience: General
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 580
Published: 5th September 2002
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 23.39 x 15.6  x 3.18
Weight (kg): 0.98
Edition Number: 1