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Author: F D Lessing
Translator(s): F D Lessing / Alex Wayman
Publisher: Motilal Banarsidass
ISBN/UPC (if available): 8120808347
The survey of the Buddhist Tantras by Mkhas-grub-rje (1385-1438 AD) is a sample of the rich literature on this topic in the Tibetan language. In accordance with Tsonkha-pa’s tantric reform (the Gelugpa), after the theory about how Gautama Buddha became enlightened the author presents the non-tantric materials stipulated as preliminary for tantric study and practice.
He then sketches the Kriya, Carya, Yoga, and Anuttarayoga tantra divisions, showing the generation of self into deity and generation of deity in front, the remarkable meditations of dwelling in the flame and in the sound, numerous definitions of tantric terms, the rich correspondence system of the Yogatantra, the difference between Father Tantra and Mother Tantra, mandala ritual including the various kinds of initiation or consecration. A severe contraction of ritual detail allows the Tibetan author room to go into the theory at each step, including the mysterious beings called samayasattvaand jnanasattva, states of Bliss-Void, the four Voids including the Clear Light, and the three kinds of Evam.
The translation was collaborated in the 1950s between F D Lessing and Alex Wayman at Berkeley, California. After Lessing’s death, Wayman annotated and published the text in 1968, and has provided a new introduction for the present reissue of this seminal treatise. Lessing was the first professor to offer courses in the Tibetan language at an American University.
FOREWORD TO 3rd EDITION
INTRODUCTION TO 2rd EDITION
How the Teacher Bhagavat became Abhisambuddha (1b-2)
The method of setting the Wheel of the Law into motion (8b-2)
The method of setting the Wheel of the Law of the Mantra-yana into motion (29b-4)
Fundamentals of Initiation and holding of vows in the Kriya Tantra (42a-6)
Fundamentals of the Carya Tantra (62b-2)
Fundamentals of the Yoga Tantra (64b-4)
Fundamentals of the Anuttara-Yoga Tantra (74a-6)
Procedure in the meaning of the subject matter (80b-2)
Manner of conferring initiation (91b-6)
INDEX OF WORKS CITED
INDEX OF NAMES AND SUBJECTS