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Description - An Introduction to Tantric Philosophy by Lyne Bansat-Boudon

The ParamaI rthasaI ra, or 'Essence of Ultimate Reality', is a work of the Kashmirian polymath Abhinavagupta (tenth--eleventh centuries). It is a brief treatise in which the author outlines the doctrine of which he is a notable exponent, namely nondualistic Saivism, which he designates in his works as the Trika, or 'Triad' of three principles: Siva, Sakti and the embodied soul (nara). The main interest of the ParamaI rthasaI ra is not only that it serves as an introduction to the established doctrine of a tradition, but also advances the notion of jivI anmukti, 'liberation in this life', as its core theme. Further, it does not confine itself to an exposition of the doctrine as such but at times hints at a second sense lying beneath the evident sense, namely esoteric techniques and practices that are at the heart of the philosophical discourse. Its commentator, YogaraI ja (eleventh century), excels in detecting and clarifying those various levels of meaning. An Introduction to Tantric Philosophy presents, along with a critically revised Sanskrit text, the first annotated English translation of both Abhinavagupta's ParamaI rthasaI ra and YogaraI ja's commentary. This book will be of interest to Indologists, as well as to specialists and students of Religion, Tantric studies and Philosophy.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780415346696
ISBN-10: 041534669X
Format: Hardback
(234mm x 156mm x mm)
Pages: 480
Imprint: Routledge
Publisher: Taylor & Francis Ltd
Publish Date: 17-Sep-2010
Country of Publication: United Kingdom

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Author Biography - Lyne Bansat-Boudon

Lyne Bansat-Boudon is Professor in the Section des sciences religieuses at the Ecole Pratique des Hautes Etudes (EPHE) in Paris, and an Honorary Senior Member of the Institut Universitaire de France (IUF). Her main fields of research are Sanskrit Literature and Poetics, Aesthetics and the Saiva tradition. She published in 1992 Poetique du theatre indien. Lectures du Natyacastra, and, in 2006, as the chief editor of the volume and a translator, Theatre de l'Inde ancienne, Gallimard (Bibliotheque de la Pleiade). Kamaleshadatta Tripathi is Emeritus Professor at the Benares Hindu University, India, where he was Dean of the Faculty of Sanskrit Learning and Theology and Head of the Department of Religious and Agamic Studies. For several years he also was the director of the Kalidasa Akademi in Ujjain. His research interests include Agamic Philosophy, Hindu Theology, Philosophy of Grammar, Sanskrit Literature, Poetics and Aesthetics.

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