Esoteric Buddhism at Dunhuang: Rites and Teachings for

Esoteric Buddhism in late first millennium Tibet and China is nowhere in evidence so clearly as in materials from Dunhuang In the original contributions presented here, Robert Mayer and Cathy Cantwell examine the consecrations of the wrathful divinity Vajrak laya, while Sam van Schaik considers approaches to the vows of tantric adepts Philosophical interpretations of Mah yoga inform Kammie Takahashi s study of the Questions of Vajrasattva The background for later Tibetan tantric mortuary rites are examined in chapters by Yoshiro Imaeda and Matthew Kapstein In the closing chapter, Katherine Tsiang investigates early printing in relation to esoteric dh ra s, and their role as amulets accompanying the deceased The collection is an important advance in our understanding of the historical development of Buddhist tantra Esoteric Buddhism at Dunhuang: Rites and Teachings for This Life and Beyond

About the Author: Matthew T. Kapstein

Matthew Kapstein is a scholar of Tibetan religions and Buddhism at the University of Chicago Divinity School One of his study areas has concentrated on Tibetan culture and the influence of China s invasion.

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