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Conjuring the Buddha


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Table of Contents

1. Ritual Manuals and the Spread of the Local
2. From Dharani to Tantra: The Sarvadurgatiparisodhana
Appendix: A Sarvadurgatiparisodhana Initiation Manual
3. Evoking Possession: The Sarvatathagata-tattvasamgraha
Appendix: Tattvasamgraha-sadhanopayika
4. Secretory Secrets: Sexual Yoga in Early Mahayoga
Appendix: The Generation of Fortune Sadhana
5. Circles of Blazing Breaths: A Manual for Mantra Recitation
Appendix: Samadhi Sadhana with Commentary

About the Author

Jacob P. Dalton is Khyentse Foundation Distinguished Professor in Tibetan Buddhism at the University of California, Berkeley. He is the author of Taming of the Demons: Violence and Liberation in Tibetan Buddhism (2011) and The Gathering of Intentions: A History of a Tibetan Tantra (Columbia, 2016), as well as coauthor of Tibetan Tantric Manuscripts from Dunhuang: A Descriptive Catalogue of the Stein Collection at the British Library (2006).


When we read the tantras, they often strike us as merely magic. How did these strange texts, filled with demonic deities, become the foundation for the empowering rituals and sophisticated meditations so widely practiced across the Buddhist world? This book, with its profound analyses and precise translations, finally answers that question. -- Donald S. Lopez Jr., Arthur E. Link Distinguished University Professor of Buddhist and Tibetan Studies, University of Michigan
Based on a somewhat random cache of largely tenth-century Tibetan manuscripts from Dunhuang, Jacob Dalton delivers to us a masterful new narrative of much of the history of Indo-Tibetan tantric Buddhism. This innovative history rests on the plastic and more human genre of local ritual manuals, rather than the formalized tantric scriptures. Dalton's lens of analysis allows us to see the creative shifts in ritual practice that unfolded over the centuries, from the chanting of spells to self-visualization, the inner experiences of sexual yoga, and beyond. Replete with full translations of key works, this book is highly recommended for university courses on Buddhist ritual and tantrism, not to mention lay students of Asian religion and yogic practitioners alike. -- Janet Gyatso, author of Being Human in a Buddhist World: An Intellectual History of Medicine in Early Modern Tibet
This unique, approachable and well-organized book not only mines an extraordinary number of Dunhuang manuscripts, of which Dalton is one of the acknowledged experts, but also offers excellent examinations of the practices and controversies in the development of forms of Buddhist tantra in the eighth century. -- Ronald M. Davidson, author of Indian Esoteric Buddhism: A Social History of the Tantric Movement

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