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  Chinese Hevajratantra
By: CH. Willemen




 
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Author: Ch. Willemen
Format: Hardback
ISBN: 8120819454

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The Scriptural Text of the Ritual of the Great King of the Teaching the Adamantine one with Great Compassion and Knowledge of the Void

"The Hevajratantra, the well-known Anuttarayogatantra, about 'unsurpassed yoga', is a direct successor of the Tattvasamgraha, a Yogatantra. It was translated from Sanskrit into Chinese in the eleventh century. The Tibetan version dates from that same period. During the Yuan Dynasty in China (1279-1368), the Mongol emperor Qublai was initiated into this tradition. The Tibetan Sa-skya school, for which the Hevajratantra is a central text, was the leading Buddhist school during the Yuan period. The present book is a first translation of the Chinese text into English, shedding light on the Chinese version of a well-known Indo-Tibetan text. The mantras contain Apabhramsa, and the text seems at times quite different from the Sanskrit original. The Chinese translators offer a text which remains true to its contents, but which is at the same time acceptable to the Chinese milieu of the eleventh century. This diplomatic effort explains many discrepancies, which were no problem to the initiate." (jacket)

The Chinese Hevajratantra : The Scriptural Text of the Ritual of the Great King of the Teaching the Adamantine one with Great Compassion and Knowledge of the Void/Ch. Willemen. Motilal Banarsidass Pub., 2004, 208 p., $14.95

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