Spells, Images, and Mandalas: Tracing the Evolution of Esoteric Buddhist Rituals

Spells, Images, and Mandalas: Tracing the Evolution of Esoteric Buddhist Rituals

Koichi Shinohara traces the evolution of Esoteric Buddhist rituals from the simple recitation of spells in the fifth century to complex systems involving image worship, mandala initiation, and visualization practices in the ninth century. He presents an important new reading of a seventh-century Chinese text called the Collected Dharani Sutras, which shows how earlier rituals for specific deities were synthesized into a general Esoteric initiation ceremony and how,… (more)

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Publisher: Columbia University Press (August 05, 2014)

Parent ISBN: 9780231166140

Language: English


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