Tibetan ritual by Jose Ignacio Cabezon

By Jose Ignacio Cabezon

Ritual is among the so much pervasive non secular phenomena within the Tibetan cultural global. regardless of its ubiquity and significance to Tibetan cultural lifestyles, besides the fact that, merely in recent times has Tibetan ritual been given the eye it merits. this is often the 1st scholarly assortment to target this significant topic. special in its historic, geographical and disciplinary breadth, this ebook brings jointly 11 essays via a global forged of students engaged on ritual texts, associations and practices within the larger Tibetan cultural global - Tibet, Nepal, Bhutan, and Mongolia. whereas many of the chapters specialize in Buddhism, care for ritual in Tibet's indigenous Bon faith. all the essays are unique to this quantity. an intensive creation via the editor offers a extensive evaluation of Tibetan ritual and contextualizes the chapters in the box of Buddhist and Tibetan reviews. The publication should still locate use in complicated undergraduate classes and graduate seminars on Tibetan faith. it is going to even be of curiosity to scholars and students of formality generally.

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Tibetan ritual

Ritual is without doubt one of the so much pervasive non secular phenomena within the Tibetan cultural international. regardless of its ubiquity and significance to Tibetan cultural lifestyles, even though, in basic terms lately has Tibetan ritual been given the eye it merits. this can be the 1st scholarly assortment to target this significant topic.

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Cantwell and Mayer are interested in the similarities and differences between the Dunhuang Maha¯yoga texts and Indian Buddhist tantra, but in this volume they are especially concerned with the continuities and discontinuities between the texts found at Dunhuang and the Maha¯yoga rituals practiced throughout Tibetan history up to the present day. The similarities between the Dunhuang ritual traditions and those enacted today, a thousand years later, are indeed quite remarkable. Like Cantwell and Mayer’s work, Yael Bentor’s chapter (chapter 4) is also concerned with issues of continuity and change, although of a different kind.

Chicago, IL: University of Chicago Press, 2005), 245–69; and Richard K. Payne, “Ritual,” in Encyclopedia of Buddhism, ed. Robert E. Buswell, 2 vols (New York: Macmillan Reference, 2004) 2: 723–26. 20. Smith, To Take Place, 104. 21. ) and las (Sanskrit karma/ kriya¯ = ritual action). There are also a variety of words with no Sanskrit equivalents: zhabs brtan, phyag len (and the compound cho ga phyag len), las thabs, and ‘phyong. See also Karmay’s chapter in this volume for references to the indigenous category gto.

Many Indian Tantras already contain the seeds of compendia. Such collections are also found in late Indian Buddhist works like the Kriya¯sam · graha; see Tadeusz Skorupski, Kriya¯sam graha: Compendium of Buddhist Rituals, An Abridged Version, · Bibliotheca Britannica, Series Continua X (Tring, UK: The Institute of Buddhist Studies, 2002). In Tibet, while the nomenclature las tshogs is found in the title of Tibetan works as early as the twelfth century—for example, in Sa chen Kun dga’ snying po’s Sengge sgra’i sgrub thabs las tshogs dang bcas pa—the genre as we know it probably does not really begin to flourish until two centuries later, reaching its most developed form only in the seventeenth century.

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