Tantric Traditions in Transmission and Translation

Paperback | April 12, 2016

EditorDavid B. Gray, Ryan Richard Overbey

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Tantric traditions in both Buddhism and Hinduism are thriving throughout Asia and in Asian diasporic communities around the world, yet they have been largely ignored by Western scholars until now. This collection of original essays fills this gap by examining the ways in which Tantric Buddhisttraditions have changed over time and distance as they have spread across cultural boundaries in Asia.The book is divided into three sections dedicated to South Asia, Central Asia, and East and Southeast Asia. The essays cover such topics as the changing ideal of masculinity in Buddhist literature, the controversy triggered by the transmission of the Indian Buddhist deity Heruka to Tibet in the 10thcentury, and the evolution of a Chinese Buddhist Tantric tradition in the form of the True Buddha School. The book as a whole addresses complex and contested categories in the field of religious studies, including the concept of syncretism and the various ways that the change and transformation ofreligious traditions can be described and articulated.The authors, leading scholars in Tantric studies, draw on a wide array of methodologies from the fields of history, anthropology, art history, and sociology. Tantric Traditions in Transmission and Translation is groundbreaking in its attempt to look past religious, linguistic, and culturalboundaries.

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Tantric traditions in both Buddhism and Hinduism are thriving throughout Asia and in Asian diasporic communities around the world, yet they have been largely ignored by Western scholars until now. This collection of original essays fills this gap by examining the ways in which Tantric Buddhisttraditions have changed over time and dista...

David B. Gray is the Executive Editor of Religious Studies Review, and a Board Member of the South Asian Studies Association. He is Associate Professor and Chair of the Religious Studies Department at Santa Clara University. Ryan Overbey is Visiting Assistant Professor of Religion at Wesleyan University.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:392 pages, 9.25 × 6.12 × 0.68 inPublished:April 12, 2016Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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David B. Gray and Ryan Richard Overbey: Introduction: Tracing Tantric Traditions Through Time and SpaceJohn Powers: Buddhas, Siddhas, and Indian Masculine IdealsShaman Hatley: Converting the Dakini: Goddess Cults and Tantras of the Yoginis between Buddhism and SaivismTodd Lewis and Naresh Man Bajracarya: Vajrayana Traditions in NepalJacob Dalton: How Dharanis WERE Proto-Tantric: Liturgies, Ritual Manuals, and the Origins of the TantrasDavid B. Gray: The Purification of Heruka: On the Transmission of a Controversial Buddhist Tradition to TibetRyan Richard Overbey: Vicissitudes of Text and Rite in the Great Peahen Queen of SpellsRichard K. Payne: The Homa of the Northern DipperTAM Wai Lun: The Tantric Teachings and Rituals of the True Buddha School: the Chinese transformation of Vajrayana Buddhism