By Ronald M. Davidson

ISBN-10: 0231134703

ISBN-13: 9780231134705

How did a society at the fringe of cave in and ruled via wandering bands of armed males crumple to a colourful Buddhist tradition, led through yogins and students? Ronald M. Davidson explores how the interpretation and unfold of esoteric Buddhist texts dramatically formed Tibetan society and resulted in its upward thrust because the middle of Buddhist tradition all through Asia, exchanging India because the perceived resource of non secular ideology and culture. throughout the Tibetan Renaissance (950-1200 C.E.), clergymen and yogins translated a huge variety of Indian Buddhist texts. They hired the evolving literature and practices of esoteric Buddhism because the foundation to reconstruct Tibetan non secular, cultural, and political associations. Many translators completed the de facto prestige of feudal lords and whereas now not consistently dependable to their Buddhist vows, those figures helped solidify political strength within the palms of spiritual experts and commenced a strategy that ended in the Dalai Lama's theocracy. Davidson's brilliant images of the priests, monks, well known preachers, yogins, and aristocratic clans who replaced Tibetan society and tradition extra improve his views at the tensions and variations that characterised medieval Tibet.

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Desk of Contents
Editor's Introduction
1. The BuddhaÕs traditional and supreme Tooth
Ð John Buescher
2. Ask a Farmer: final research and Conventional
Existence in Tsong kha pa's Lam rim chen mo
Ð man Newland
3. portray the objective: at the identity of the
Object of Negation (dgag bya) Ð Donald S. Lopez, Jr.
4. slicing the Roots of advantage: Tsong kha pa on the
Results of Anger Ð Daniel Cozort
5. Ethics because the foundation of a Tantric culture: Tsong kha pa
and the Founding of the dGe lugs Order in Tibet
Ð Elizabeth Napper
6. Bon rDzogs chen on Authenticity (pramÝna, tshad ma):
Prose and Poetry at the course Ð Anne Carolyn Klein
7. The dGe ldanÐbKaÕ brgyud culture of MahÝmudrÝ:
How a lot dGe ldan? How a lot bKaÕ brgyud?
Ð Roger R. Jackson
8. Demons at the mom: Objections to the Perfect
Wisdom Sñtras in Tibet Ð Gareth Sparham
9. Gung thang and Sa bzang Ma ti Paû chen on the
Meaning of ÒFoundational ConsciousnessÓ
(Ýlaya, kun gzhi) Ð Joe Bransford Wilson
10. Authorship and Literary creation in
Classical Buddhist Tibet Ð JosŽ Ignacio Cabez—n
11. Altruism and Adversity: views from Psychoanalytic
Object family members thought Ð Harvey B. Aronson
12. Drawing the metal Bow: A Bibliographic Appreciation
of the Literary Legacy of Paul Jeffrey Hopkins
and His application on the college of Virginia
Ð Paul G. Hackett
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Delivered one of the most famous speeches in religious history - ' Therefore, 0 Ananda, be ye islands unto yourselves. Take the Self as your refuge. Take yourself to no external refuge. Hold fast to the Dhamma as an island. Hold fast as a refuge to the truth. Look not for refuge to anyone besides yourselves . . ' The Master recovered from his illness. Later, when speak­ ing to Ananda of his coming death, he consoled him for his obvious grief, and said, ' But now, Ananda, have I not for­ merly declared to you that it is in the very nature of all things near and dear to us to pass away ?

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Consumed with jealousy at hls. cousin's position, Devadatta managed to cause a split in the Sangha, and at one time created a serious dissension by winning Ajatasattu, the son of King Bimbisara, from allegiance to the Buddha. i11 the Buddha, and, after hired assassins had failed, attempted the appalling deed himself. The most famous of these attempts, often portrayed in Buddhist art, was the letting loose of a ferocious elephant on the road along which his cousin was to come. The Buddha was warned of the attempt but insisted upon proceeding.

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