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  Maha Vairocana Abhisambodhi Tantra
By: Hodge, Stephen, Tr.




 
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Author: Hodge, Stephen, Tr.
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ISBN: 070071183X

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With Buddhaguhya's Commentary

During the last thirty years there has been a revolution in the understanding and appreciation of the Buddhist tantras in the West. [...] This new interest in the Buddhist tantras still has many limitations and unfortunately a detailed description of the development of tantric thought and practices is far from being complete. [...] Almost without exception, present-day scholars in the West have relied solely on Tibetan materials and such Indic texts as have survived the ravage of time for their studies on the tantras. While much valuable work has thus been produced by these scholars, they do present a somewhat one-sided view of Tantric Buddhism as they have tended to concentrate on the more spectacular Anuttara-yoga tantras. For apart from these, there is also a wealth of other tantric literature preserved in Tibetan sources, dealing with the Kriya, Carya and Yoga tantras, that awaits detailed exploration and translation. Additionally, the neglect of the vast amount of literature related to Tantric Buddhism available in Chinese translation is quite regrettable, although this is understandable in view of the quite daunting range of linguistic skills which is needed to make full use of these texts. [...] The Chinese text of the Mahavairocana Tantra covers just forty four pages in the standard Taisho Edition and this translation of this covers about 200 pages.


Maha Vairocana Abhisambodhi Tantra, Translated by Stephen Hodge, Hardcover, RoutledgeCurzon, 572 pages, $135.00

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