Author: Panchen Sonam DragpaTranslator(s)/ Editors(s): Martin J Boord/ Losang Norbu TsonawaPublisher: Library of Tibetan Works & ArchivesYear: 2003Language: EnglishPages: 159ISBN/UPC (if available): 8185102996
The overview of Buddhists Tantra, subtitled General Presentation of the Classes of Tantra, Captivating the Minds of the Fortunate Ones, is a scholarly exposition of the framework of Tantric practice presented by its author, Panchen Sonam Dragpa, in a methodical and accessible manner.Detailed explanations within this book include: the historical emergence of Buddhism in our world as interpreted by various Buddhists traditions; the differing tenets of the sects, and the differences between the vehicles (yanas); the doors to the path to liberation; and the classes of Tantric practice leading to that state of liberation. This book will prove to be an invaluable reference text for practitioners of Buddhist Tantra, as well as being informative for readers interested in Buddhist Tantra in Particular and in Tibetan Buddhism in general.
ForewordPublisher’s Note1. Author’s Introduction2. How the Teacher Attained Completely Pure EnlightenmentThe Sravaka traditionThe Mahayana traditionThe Paramitayana traditionThe Mantrayana traditionThe Anuttarayogatantra tradition3. How the Buddha Turned the Wheel of DharmaHow the Buddha turned the wheel of DharmaHow the Buddha turned the wheel of secret mantra4. How all those who Seek Liberation Must Follow the Teaching of the Buddha5. The Different Doors to the Stages of the PathDifferentiation in terms of tenetsDifferentiation in terms of vehivlesThe HinayanaThe MahayanaThe ParamitayanaThe Secret Mantra Vehicle (Guhyamantrayana)6. Action Tantra (Kriyatantra)Inner ClassificationThe Tathagata familyThe Lotus familyThe Vajra familyGeneral classificationExplanation of Empowerments and VowsEmpowerments in Kriya-and CaryatantraExplation of vowsStages of practicing the pathThe Way of Practising on the Path7. Performance Tantra and Yoga TantraExplanation of Performance Tantra (Caryatantra)Explationation of Yoga Tantra (Yogatantra)Explanation in accordance with textsMethods of practice8. Highest Yoga Tantra (Anuttarayogatantra)Explanation by way of nameExplation by way of distinctionViews of other schoolDifferentiating between Father and Mother tantrasSummary of Father TantraDestroyer of the Lord of Death TantraSummary of Mother tantraThe Hevajra TantraThe Supreme Bliss TantraThe Wheel of Time Tantra9. The Secret Assembly TantraMeaning of the term ‘root tantra’Explanation of the greatness of this textHow the commentaries came into beingHow the teachings came to TibetExplanation of the actual meaning of these precious precepts10. The Explanation of EmpowermentThe Principal features of empowermentDefining the qualities of the vajra masterDefining the qualities of the discipleDefining the mandalaThe number of empowerments and commitmentsRitual procedures of empowermentVase EmpowermentSecret EmpowermentFourth Empowerment11. Explanation of the commitments and vowsFourteen root tantric downfallsEight secondary tantric downfalls12. ColophonAppendix I: Vows and Commitments of a BoddhisattvaAppendix II: Vows and Commitments of the Tantric PathNotesBibliographyCanonical texts: Sutras & Tantras (words of the Buddhas)Canonical texts: Works by Indian and Tibetan authorsModern studies