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Tantric Buddhist Practice in India

Vilāsavajra’s commentary on the Mañjuśrī-nāmasaṃgīti, 1st Edition

By Anthony Tribe

Routledge

432 pages | 3 B/W Illus.

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Using a commentary on the influential text, the Mañjuśrī-nāmasaṃgīti, ‘The Chanting of the Names of Mañjuśrī’, this book deals with Buddhist tantric meditation practice and its doctrinal context in early-medieval India. The commentary was written by the 8th-9th century Indian tantric scholar Vilāsavajra, and the book contains a translation of the first five chapters. The translation is extensively annotated, and accompanied by introductions as well as a critical edition of the Sanskrit text based on eight Sanskrit manuscripts and two blockprint editions of the commentary’s Tibetan translation.

The commentary interprets its root text within an elaborate framework of tantric visualisation and meditation that is based on an expanded form of the Buddhist Yoga Tantra mandala, the Vajradhātu-maṇḍala. At its heart is the figure of Mañjuśrī, no longer the familiar bodhisattva of wisdom, but now the embodiment of the awakened non-dual gnosis that underlies all Buddhas as well their activity in the cosmos.

The book contributes to our understanding of the history of Indian tantric Buddhism in a period of significant change and innovation. With its extensively annotated translation and lengthy introductions the book is designed to appeal not only to professional scholars and research students but also to contemporary Buddhists.

Table of Contents

Part 1: Introductions

Overview

1. Contexts

2. Vilâsavajra: locating the NMAA’s author

3. The Nâmasaṃgîti

4. Vilâsavajra’s NMAA: overviews and remarks

5. The NMAA’s maṇḍala in Himalayan Art

Part 2: Vilâsavajra’s Nâmamantrârthâvalokinî:

an annotated translation of chapters 1–5

Conventions in the translation

Chapter 1: On ‘The Request for Instruction’

Chapter 2: On ‘The Reply’

Chapter 3: On ‘The Survey of the Six Families’

Chapter 4: On ‘The Method of Awakening According to the Mâyâjâla

Chapter 5: On ‘The Vajradhâtu-Mahâmaṇḍala of Bodhicittavajra’ Part III: Sanskrit Edition

Materials and Methods

1. Sigla

2. Manuscripts

3. Method of Editing

4. Stemma Codicum

5. The Tibetan Translation of the NMAA

Critical Edition of Vilâsavajra’s Nâmamantrârthâvalokinî:

Chapters 1–5

Adhikâra 1

Adhikâra 2

Adhikâra 3

Adhikâra 4

Adhikâra 5

Textual notes

Insignificant variants

Textual collation to establish the stemma codicum Appendices

Appendix 1. Works and authors cited in the NMAA

Appendix 2. Saṃvara, Cakrasaṃvara and Ṣaṭprajñânaya-

saṃvara citations

Appendix 3. NMAA colophons

Appendix 4. NMAA manuscripts: folio references

Appendix 5. NMAA maṇḍala-deities and doctrinal categories

Appendix 6. Sakurai’s (1988) edition of NMAA 3–4.

Appendix 7. Works attributed to Vilâsavajra in Tibetan translation

Appendix 8. Nâmasaṃgîti commentaries

Appendix 9. Nâmasaṃgîti (1–41): parallel text and translation

 

About the Author

Anthony Tribe is an independent scholar with a research specialization in the history and development of tantric Buddhism in India. He is the co-author of Buddhist Thought: A Complete Introduction to the Indian Tradition (2012), also published by Routledge.

About the Series

Routledge Studies in Tantric Traditions

Routledge Studies in Tantric Traditions is a major new monograph series which has been established to publish scholarship on south, east and southeast Asian tantric traditions. The series aims to promote the serious study of both Hindu and Buddhist tantric traditions through the publication of anthropological and textual studies and will not be limited to any one method. Indeed, the series would hope to promote the view that anthropological studies can be informed by texts and textual studies informed by anthropology. The series will therefore publish contemporary ethnographies from different regions, philological studies, philosophical studies, and historical studies of different periods which contribute to the academic endeavour to understand the role of tantric texts and their meaning in particular cultural contexts. In this way, the series will hope to establish what the continuities and divergencies are between Buddhist and Hindu tantric traditions and between different regions. The series will be a major contribution to the fields of Indology, Sinology, History of Religions, and Anthropology.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
REL007000
RELIGION / Buddhism / General (see also PHILOSOPHY / Buddhist)
SOC008000
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Ethnic Studies / General