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Searching for the Body: A Contemporary Perspective on Tibetan Buddhist Tantra
By: Rae Erin Dachille

Searching for the Body: A Contemporary Perspective on Tibetan Buddhist Tantra


 
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Author: Rae Erin Dachille
Format: Paperback
ISBN: 9780231206099
Publication Date: 2022

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In the early fifteenth century, two Tibetan monks debated how to transform the body ritually into a celestial palace inhabited by buddhas. The discussion between Ngorchen Kunga Zangpo and Khedrupje Gelek Pelzangpo concerned the mechanics of this tantric ritual practice, known as body mandala, as well as the most reliable sources to follow in performing it. As representatives of the Sakya and emerging Geluk traditions respectively, these authors spoke for communities of Buddhist practitioners vying for patronage and prestige in an evolving Tibetan scholastic culture. Their debate witnessed clashes between imagination and deception, continuity and rupture, and tradition and innovation.

Searching for the Body demonstrates the significance of the body mandala debate for understandings of Tibetan Buddhism as well as conversations on representation and embodiment occurring across the disciplines today. Rae Erin Dachille explores how Ngorchen and Khedrup used citational practice as a tool for making meaning, arguing that their texts reveal a deep connection between ritual mechanics and interpretive practice. She contends that this debate addresses strikingly contemporary issues surrounding interpretation, intertextuality, creativity, essentialism, and naturalness. Buddhist ideas about the construction of meaning and the body offer new ways of understanding representation, which Dachille illuminates in an epilogue that considers Glenn Ligon's engagement with Robert Mapplethorpe's photography. By placing Buddhist thought in dialogue with contemporary artistic practice and cultural critique, Searching for the Body offers vital new perspectives on the transformative potential of representations in defining and transcending the human.
Searching for the Body: A Contemporary Perspective on Tibetan Buddhist Tantra, Rae Erin Dachille, Columbia University Press, 301 pages, $30.00

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