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Author Wallis, Glenn.

Title Mediating the power of Buddhas : ritual in the Maǹjuʹsrimūlakalpa / Glenn Wallis
Published Albany : State University of New York Press, ©2002


Description 1 online resource (xiii, 265 pages)
Series SUNY series in Buddhist studies
SUNY series in Buddhist studies.
Contents Machine generated contents note: Ch. 1 Introduction -- 1.1. Aims -- 1.2. Methods -- 1.3. Text: Manjusrimulakalpa -- 1.4. Ritual -- Ch. 2 Source of Power: The Assembly (sannipata) -- 2.1. Cosmology -- 2.2. Mmk 1: vision and cult -- 2.3. text as cult image -- 2.4. Revelation and transmission -- Ch. 3 Refraction of Power: The Cult Image (pata) -- 3.1. pata as image and animated object -- 3.2. Creation of the cult object (patavidhana) -- Ch. 4 Empowered Practitioner (sadhaka) -- 4.1. practitioner in the text -- 4.2. sadhaka -- 4. Epithets and space -- Ch. 5 Summary and Conclusion
Summary "Mediating the Power of Buddhas offers a fascinating anaylsis of the seventh-century ritual manual, the Manjusrimulakalpa. This medieval text is intended to reveal the path into a ritual universe where the power of a buddha abides. Author Glenn Wallis traces the strategies of the Manjusrimulakalpa to enable its committted reader to perfect the promised ritual, uncovering what conditions must be met for ritual practice to succeed and what personal characteristics practitioners must possess in order to realize the ritual intentions of the Buddhist community. The manual itself was written at a key point in Buddhist history, one when Hindu forms of practice were still imitated and on the cusp of the shift from Mahayana to Vajrayana (or Tantric) Buddhism. In addition, the Manjusrimulakalpa presents a rich compendium of Buddhist life in an earlier era, containing information on a variety of its readers' concerns: astrology, astronomy, medicine and healing, ritual practice, iconography, devotion, and meditation."--Jacket
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 251-257) and index
Notes Print version record
SUBJECT Tripiṭaka. Sūtrapiṭaka. Tantra. Mañjuśrīmūlakalpa -- Criticism, interpretation, etc
Tripiṭaka. Sūtrapiṭaka. Tantra. Mañjuśrīmūlakalpa fast
Subject RELIGION -- Buddhism -- General.
Genre/Form Criticism, interpretation, etc.
Form Electronic book
ISBN 0585476152