The Gathering of Intentions: A History of a Tibetan Tantra

The Gathering of Intentions: A History of a Tibetan Tantra


The amassing of Intentions reads a unmarried Tibetan Buddhist ritual method in the course of the activities of Tibetan heritage, revealing the social and fabric dimensions of an ostensibly undying culture. through subjecting tantric perform to ancient research, the booklet deals new perception into the origins of Tibetan Buddhism, the formation of its canons, the emergence of recent lineages and ceremonies, and glossy efforts to revitalize the faith via returning to its mythic origins.

The ritual procedure explored during this quantity relies at the Gathering of Intentions Sutra, the elemental "root tantra" of the Anuyoga classification of teachings belonging to the Nyingma ("Ancient") college of Tibetan Buddhism. continuing chronologically from the 9th century to the current, each one bankruptcy encompasses a Tibetan writer negotiating a perceived hole among the unique root text―the Gathering of Intentions―and the lived non secular or political issues of his day. those ongoing tensions underscore the importance of Tibet's tricky esoteric ritual platforms, that have continued for hundreds of years, evolving in keeping with historic stipulations. instead of omit perform in desire of philosophical issues, this quantity prioritizes Tibetan Buddhism's ritual platforms for a richer portrait of the tradition.

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