Aryadeva's Lamp That Integrates the Practices by Christian K. Wedemeyer

By Christian K. Wedemeyer

The Lamp that Integrates the Practices is a scientific and accomplished exposition of the main complex yogas of the Esoteric group (Guhyasamaja) Tantra as espoused via the Noble culture, an influential institution of interpretation in the Mahayoga traditions of Indian Buddhist esoterism. equivalent in authority to Nagarjuna's well-known 5 phases (Pañcakrama), Aryadeva's paintings might be the earliest prose instance of the "stages of the chant course" style in Sanskrit. Its studied gradualism exerted great effect on later Indian and Tibetan culture, and it really is extensively pointed out through masters from all 4 significant lineages of Tibetan Buddhism.

This quantity provides the Lamp in a tri-lingual layout: its Sanskrit unique critically-edited from recently-identified manuscripts, a serious version of the eleventh-century Tibetan translation by way of Rin-chen Bzang-po (including notes on readings present in "lost," substitute translations), and a thoroughly-annotated English translation.

Includes an introductory research discussing the historical past of the Guhyasamaja and its exegetical traditions, surveying the scriptural and commentarial resources of the Noble culture, and interpreting intimately the contents of the Lamp. incorporates a exact, tri-lingual glossary.

Published by means of American Institute of Buddhist reports (AIBS)

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31 See Per Kvcrme, An Alllho/ogy of Buddhist Tantric Songs, p. 2. 32 Mario E. Carelli, Sekoddda(Tkll of Nadapada (Naropa), see esp. pp 70-7 1 . 33 See Turrell Wylie, "Dating the Death of Naropa," p. 69 1 . 'Gos Khug-pa Lhas-btsas. Gswi 'dus ston thun. I am currently preparing an article for publication that treats of this author and his works, entitled "Sex and Death in Eleventh­ century Tibetan gSar-ma Esoterism: 'Gos Khug-pa Lhas-btsas. ranatha's claim (on which more below. p. 22) that these works were spread during the reign of King Devapdla and son.

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