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Great Treatise on the Stages of Mantra

Yarnall, Thomas [Übers.]:
Great Treatise on the Stages of Mantra (Sngags rim chen mo) : (critical elucidation of the key instructions in all the secret stages of the path of the victorious universal lord, Great Vajradhara) chapters XI-XII, the creation stage / by Tsong Khapa Losang Drakpa ; introducton and translation by Thomas F. Yarnall ; ed. by Robert A.F. Thurman. - New York : American Institute of Buddhist Studies (distr. by Columbia University Press), 2013. - ca. 408 S. - (Treasury of the Buddhist Sciences)
Einheitssachtitel: Sṅags rim chen po <engl.>
ISBN 978-1-935011-01-9
US$ 56,00 / £ 38,50
DDC: 294.3923

Tsong Khapa’s Great Treatise on the Stages of Mantra (Sngags rim chen mo)—considered by the present Dalai Lama to be one of Tsong Khapa’s two most important books (along with his Lam rim chen mo)—is his masterful synthesis of the principles and practices of all four classes of Tantra, which formed the basis of his innovation in creating the esoteric “Tantric College” institution and curriculum in the early fifteenth century. With detailed reference to hundreds of works from the Tibetan Kangyur and Tengyur, the chapters presented and studied in this volume concern his treatment of the creation stage (bskyed rim) meditations of Unexcelled Yoga Tantra. This includes a detailed analysis emphasizing how and why such creation stage practices—utilizing deity yoga to transform death, the between, and life into the three bodies of buddhahood—are indispensible to creating a foundation for successfully entering the culminal yogic practices of the perfection stage. (A subsequent volume will present the perfection stage chapters of this essential masterwork.)
   An important work for both scholars and practitioners, this annotated translation is supplemented with extensive support materials. A companion volume of the critically edited Tibetan text—annotated with the found quotes from Tengyur and Kangyur texts in Tibetan (and Sanskrit where available)—also will be published in a limited edition, and as an e-book. [Columbia University Press]

Prefaces, Acknowledgements, Abbreviations, Conventions, Tools & Resources. xiii
Part One: Introduction
   Overview. 3
   Indian and Tibetan Buddhist Background: Texts and Traditions. 8
   Overview of Esoteric Buddhism. 29
   The Structure and Content of the NRC. 47
Part Two: Annotated English Translation
   Chapter XI: The Need to Accomplish Enlightenment Through the Integration of the Two Stages. 77
   Chapter XII: The Creation Stage. 141
   Appendix I: English Topical Outline (sa bcad) of Chapters XI–XII. 288
   Appendix II: Tibetan Topical Outline (sa bcad) of Chapters XI–XII. 296
   Appendix III: Analysis of the Tantric Section of the Derge Kangyur Correlated to Derge Tengyur Exegesis. 302
   English-Tibetan-Sanskrit Glossary. 311
Selected Bibliographies
   Canonical Tibetan Texts (Kangyur and Tengyur) Sorted by English Title (Full Citations). 319
   Canonical Tibetan Texts (Kangyur and Tengyur) Sorted by Tōhoku Number (English Title Only). 340
   Indigenous Tibetan Texts. 344
   Dictionaries and Reference Works. 346
   Modern Sources. 348
   Index of Canonical Texts Cited. 362
   Index of Canonical Authors Cited. 366
   General Index. 369

Tsong Khapa Losang Drakpa [Tsoṅ-kha-pa Blo-bzaṅ-grags-pa] (1357–1419), founder of the Gelug school of Tibetan Buddhism, was one of Tibet’s greatest philosophers and a prolific writer.

Thomas F. Yarnall is an Associate Research scholar in the Department of Religion at Columbia University. Profile page.

Quellen: Columbia University Press; WorldCat; Nachricht von Thomas Yarnall, Mailing-Liste "H-Buddhism", 23. Mai 2013; Bookbutler; Library of Congress
Bildquelle: Columbia University Press, New York
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