The Kalacakra Tantra
The Chapter on Sadhana, Together with the Vimalaprabha Commentary
Translated by Vesna A. Wallace
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Kalacakra Tantra by Vesna A. Wallace
Book DescriptionThis is the first complete English translation of the fourth chapter of the esoteric Buddhist Kalacakra Tantra text and its eleventh-century commentary, the Stainless Light (Vimalaprabha). Building upon the Chapter on the Cosmos and particularly the Chapter on the Individual (AIBS, 2004)-which provide the theoretical background to the Chapter on Sadhana, and the reasons for the given structure and contents of the Kalacakra sadhana practice-this fourth chapter illuminates the intricate connection between the practice of the Kalacakra sadhana and the Kalacakra Tantra's worldview. This fourth chapter describes Buddhist Tantric generation stage practices (utpatti-krama), including instructions on protecting the place of practice, the meditative practices of the origination of the body and the deities abiding in the body, and the diverse mundane sadhanas designed to induce the mundane siddhis. It then also describes the more advanced Buddhist Tantric completion stage practices (sampatti-krama), designed to lead directly to the attainment of buddhahood, called here the "Adibuddha" (Primordial Buddha). The translation is supplemented with annotations and references to Tibetan commentaries and other esoteric Buddhist works. It also includes the first critical edition of the Mongolian version of the fourth chapter. Published by American Institute of Buddhist Studies (AIBS)
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780975373446
(233mm x 167mm x 31mm)
Imprint: American Institute of Buddhist Studies
Publisher: American Institute of Buddhist Studies
Publish Date: 28-Jan-2011
Country of Publication: United States
Books By Author Vesna A. Wallace
Buddhism in Mongolian History, Culture, and Society, Hardback (February 2015)
Buddhism in Mongolia explores the unique historical and cultural elements of Mongolian Buddhism while challenging its stereotyped image as a mere replica of Tibetan Buddhism. The book illuminates the historical, social, and cultural contexts within which Buddhism has operated as a major social and cultural force among the Mongols.
Inner Kalacakratantra, Hardback (February 2001)» View all books by Vesna A. Wallace
The Kalacakratantra is the latest and most comprehensive Buddhist Tantra that is available in its original Sanskrit. The Kalacakratantra's five chapters are classified into three categories: outer, inner, and other Kalacakratantra. This text focuses on the inner Kalacakratantra.
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Author Biography - Vesna A. Wallace
Vesna A. Wallace is associate professor of South and Central Asian Religions at the University of California at Santa Barbara.
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