Drawing a wide variety of texts and images from Dunhuang, the six original contributions to this collection advance our understanding of the development of . Esoteric Buddhism in late first millennium Tibet and China is nowhere in evidence so clearly as in materials from Dunhuang. In the original contributions. Download Citation on ResearchGate | On Jun 1, , Christian K. Wedemeyer and others published Esoteric Buddhism at Dunhuang: Rites and Teachings for.

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The authors suggest various ways in which these doctrinal and ritual elements cast light upon the murky period in which the content of the Rnying ma lineages was taking shape, and on their implications for later manifestations of religious life.

Chinese and Tibetan Esoteric Buddhism

With those, the issue of external signs and marks is extraneous. Esiteric Importance of the Underworlds: One can see why the twenty-eight vow system became popular. Rdo rje rgyal po and Thub bstan nyi ma.

Bod rgya tshig mdzod chen mo This dual function of the tantric vows was recognised by the Tibetan scholastic tradition. Despite the uncertainies referred to above, the handwriting is neat and regular, with few corrections. In this case as in the other sections of this textwe clearly have a copy of the same passages as those in IOL Tib J Despite these developments, however, most aspects of Tibetan Buddhist literature remain poorly known outside of restricted circles of scholars, researchers, and serious students of Tibetan religion.


The hundred syllables—presumably the hundred syllable mantra for Vajrasattva—are referred to, as are various consecrations. However, the dating and geographical origin of most of the tantras in this collection is often impossible to determine; many certainly originate from post-tenth century Tibet.

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II in comparison with the other two texts. After discussing the samaya vows, the commentary says: MG bkas shing bdug cing brdeg brnag: Sources from the Dunhuang Manuscripts.

See Dot- son, Old Tibetan Annals, Full entry into these systems was accessed only through abhiseka, effecting the ritual transformation of a disciple into a cosmic overlord. As for that which clings to phenomena, it is without an independent self. These Guhyagarbha vows are similar to the samaya vow system that was adopted by the Rnying ma school, which we looked at earlier. Though the precise histories of these traditions have been much mythologised in later Rnying ma narrations, it is fair to hold that their genuine continuity with the esoteric Buddhism of the late first millennium is now established beyond reasonable doubt.

The right palm a snake-head. He answers Question 31, saying: MG sting pas: Photographs by the author. Dunyuang short, the pantheon of the peaceful divinities occupies the center and inner circles A. Tibetan periodearly 9th century. Then, on the sixth day of the chos nyid bar do, the Six Munis of the Six Destinies appear all together.


On the head of the knot, the wrathful ones are displayed; meditate on the ten clearly manifesting. If an intelligent person, lacking assurance, desires the teachings and is not a master, Then he or she will greatly value correction [in accordance with] the unmistaken meaning. Van Schaik and Dalton They are believed to have been abolished with her forced abdication inand were rarely used afterward.

The intrinsic nature of a Conqueror is just insight and meditative stabilization. Among the Dunhuang manuscripts, we find also some documents that attempt to esotfric these bkddhism ideas and practices with Buddhist concepts, examination of which may put the fourteenth century Bar do thos grol into a more precise historical context.

This work is the object of a studyin-progress by Harrison and Nattier. In front of the Buddha is a table with three ceremonial vessels beside which two lions crouch rather like pet dogs.