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Early Tibetan Documents

Cantwell, Cathy / Mayer, Robert:
Early Tibetan Documents on Phur pa from Dunhuang / Cathy Cantwell ; Robert Mayer. - Wien : Verlag der Österreichischen Akademie der Wissenschaften, 2008. - 228 S. + CD-ROM. - (Österreichische Akademie der Wissenschaften: Denkschriften der phil.-hist. Klasse ; 370) (Beiträge zur Kultur- und Geistesgeschichte Asiens ; 63)
ISBN 978-3-7001-6100-4 (Print Edition)
ISBN 978-3-7001-6524-8 (Online Edition)
EUR 66,00

The exact circumstances of the emergence of what are now known as the rNying ma traditions of Tibetan Buddhism remain among the least clearly defined areas of Tibetan history for modern scholarship. What has made the early history of rNying ma tantrism so opaque is the dearth of reliable historical sources. In response to such uncertainty, Cantwell and Mayer have turned to the Dunhuang cache in search of further evidence. Their specific focus has been the Dunhuang texts on Phur pa, many of which have never been read before. This focus was chosen because from comparatively early times, the Phur pa tradition developed enormously within Tibet itself, and always remained a particularly rNying ma practice. Phur pa's early and enduring popularity might therefore to some extent coincide with or reflect the emergence of rNying ma as a distinct tradition. This volume addresses an important question that has not so far been approached: how exactly do the Dunhuang tantric texts compare with those of the received rNying ma tradition? The authors review, transliterate, translate, and analyse all Dunhuang texts on Phur pa so far identified, discovering an unexpectedly close relationship to the received tradition. There is also an essay exploring reasons for Phur pa's popularity in post-Imperial Tibet. Thanks to the generosity of the British Library, a CD is included with digital images of over 100 pages of the original manuscripts. [Verlagsinformation]

Preface and acknowledgements. vii
Note on Transliteration of Tibetan. viii
1. General Introduction. 1
2. Why did the Phur pa tradition become so prominent in Tibet? 15
3. The Dunhuang Phur pa Corpus: a Survey. 32
4. Pelliot Tibétain 44: A. Reflections on the Text. 41
   Pelliot Tibétain 44: B. The Text. 56
5. IOL Tib J 331.III: A Discussion of the Text and its Parallels in the Phur pa Literature. 68
6 IOL Tib J 331.III: The Text. 88
Appendix to Chapter 6. 125
7. IOL Tib J 754 Section 7: A Set of Notes on Phur pa Ritual and its Significance. 136
8. Pelliot Tibétain 349: the Text and Comments. 147
8b. Appendix to Chapter 8. 162
9. Sections of IOL Tib J 438: A Dunhuang version of the Guhyasamāja with commentary. 166
10. Sections of IOL Tib J 321: The Thabs kyi zhags pa pad ma 'phreng. 181
11. Fragments, Cursory Treatment, Dhāraṇīs and Pragmatic Rites. 194
Bibliography. 212
Index. 225
CD Images of Dunhuang Manuscripts from the Stein Collection in London

CATHY CANTWELL is an Academic Researcher at Oxford University's Oriental Institute. Faculty profile.
ROBERT MAYER is a Research Officer at the Oriental Institute at Oxford University. Faculty profile.

Quellen: Verlag der Österreichischen Akademie der Wissenschaften; Österreichische Akademie der Wissenschaften.
Schlagwörter: Buddhismus; Tibet; Phur pa; Dunhuang

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