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Tibetan Tantric Vision

by: Krishna Ghosh Della Santina

The volume studies comprehensively the theory and practice of Tibetan Buddhism: its historical, religious and cultural evolution, its various deities and their symbolism, its basic philosophy and sadhana and the intricacies of the religious experience it involves. It has numerous illustrations and references to original works.

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ISBN: 9788124602270
Year Of Publication: 2003
Edition: 1st
Pages : xii, 328
Bibliographic Details : 29 Coloured Illustrations; Glossaries; Bibliography; Index
Language : English
Binding : Hardcover
Publisher: D.K. Printworld Pvt. Ltd.
Size: 25 cm.
Weight: 950

Overview

Tibetan Buddhism has held a place of its own in the Buddhist tradition, having preserved and evolved the religious culture of the Vajrayana, the final phase of Buddhism in India. Within that, the Tibetan Tantric belief has a unique significance and it has made a memorable contribution to the literature on Tibetan Buddhism. This authoritative work deals with the theory and practice of Tibetan Buddhism in a comprehensive manner. It presents a study of Tibetan Tantricism beginning with an account of the historical, religious and cultural evolution of Tibetan Buddhism and delving into the intricacies of practice of the religion. Dr. Krishna Ghosh discusses the many deities of the tradition as representing a wide range of religious experience — from the primitive to the sublime. She lays bare the complex vision of Tibetan Tantric Buddhist philosophy and sadhana, clearing it of the obscurantism associated with the belief system for long. The work abounds in illustrations — line drawings and photographs — and has numerous references to original works by Tibetan and other scholars. The book is written in an easy-accessible style to allow a broad range of readers to familiarise themselves with Tibetan Tantric Buddhism. Its penetrating insights into the subject would make it an invaluable work for scholars and practitioners of the tradition.

Contents

Preface
List of Illustrations
Introduction
1. History of Introduction of Buddhism into Tibet
2. The Process of Acculturation
3. Tibetan Buddhist Art and Iconography
4. Religion and Philosophy
5. Tshe-ring-mched-Inga (the Five Sisters of Long Life) and
bsTan-ma-bcu-gyis (the Twelve Guardian Goddesses)
6. The Religious Protector Mahakala
7. Avalokitesvara — the Bodhisattva of Compassion
8. Tantric Philosophy and Principal Elements of Tantric Buddhism
9. The Tantric Path
10. The Tantric Sadhana
Conclusion
Coloured Visuals
Glossary of Sanskrit Terms
Glossary of Tibetan Terms
Select Bibliography
Index

Meet the Author
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Krishna Ghosh has a B.A. and M.A. in Sanskrit and an M.Litt. and Ph.D. in Buddhist Studies from the University of Delhi. She has travelled widely and has lived in several Buddhist countries. She has been closely associated with the Tibetan community in exile for more than thirty years. Krishna Ghosh has lectured and taught Pali, Sanskrit, Tibetan, Indian religion and Buddhism at many universities and religious centres in Europe, Asia and America.
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