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Making Sense of Tantric Buddhism
Author: Christian K. Wedemeyer

ISBN: 9780231162401
Format: Hardcover
Number Of Pages: 336
Published: 20 October 2012
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 23.6 x 16.2 x 3.2
Description:
Christian K. Wedemeyer's systematic investigation into Buddhist Tantric traditions fundamentally rethinks the nature of its transgressive theories and practices and situates them firmly within larger trends in learned Indian culture. Challenging the notion that such phenomena are "marginal" or primitive, Wedemeyer demonstrates these antinomian "rituals of rebellion" were integrally related, ideologically and institutionally, both within the Buddhist mainstream and Indian culture. Revisiting various interpretations of esoteric Buddhism from the early-nineteenth century to the present, Wedemeyer demonstrates the fallacies of attributing Tantric transgression to either the passions of lusty monks, primitive tribal rites, or slavish imitation of Indian Saiva traditions. He likewise interrogates the narratives that depict Tantrism as a degenerate form of Buddhism, as a primal religious undercurrent, or as medieval ritualism, exposing these as stock patterns in the European historical imagination. Surveying indigenous Buddhist accounts of the history of their traditions, he reveals the lived world of Tantric Buddhism as largely continuou...

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