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Author Wallis, Glenn.

Title Mediating the power of Buddhas : ritual in the Maǹjuʹsrimūlakalpa / Glenn Wallis.

Imprint Albany : State University of New York Press, ©2002.

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Description 1 online resource (xiii, 265 pages)
Series SUNY series in Buddhist studies
SUNY series in Buddhist studies.
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 251-257) and index.
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.
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Subject Tripiṭaka. Sūtrapiṭaka. Tantra. Mañjuśrīmūlakalpa -- Criticism, interpretation, etc.
Tripiṭaka. Sūtrapiṭaka. Tantra. Mañjuśrīmūlakalpa.
Genre/Form Electronic books.
Criticism, interpretation, etc.
Other Form: Print version: Wallis, Glenn. Mediating the power of Buddhas. Albany : State University of New York Press, ©2002 0791454126 0791454118 (DLC) 2001049443 (OCoLC)48003257
ISBN 0585476152 (electronic bk.)
9780585476155 (electronic bk.)
0791454126 (print)
9780791454121 (print)
9780791454114 (print)
0791454118 (print)