Origin and Development of Vajrayana

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Origin and Development of Vajrayana

Postby Astus » Wed Sep 15, 2010 4:15 pm

I'm looking for sources on the history of Vajrayana, including its origins and development in India and Tibet. I'm not familiar with the area, so anything may come. I already know of Sam van Schaik's EarlyTibet blog and I have Ronald M. Davidson's book "Indian Esoteric Buddhism: A Social History of the Tantric Movement", but basically that's all. I'd especially appreciate good summaries and enlightening essays, but as I've said, any good text is OK.

Note: it is not the religious history I'm interested in but the latest academic research.
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Re: Origin and Development of Vajrayana

Postby Mr. G » Wed Sep 15, 2010 6:52 pm

I'm a non-academic so I'm not familiar with the latest teachings. However, I really like the chapter on tantra written by Anthony Tribe in Paul William's book "Buddhist Thought: A Complete Introduction to the Indian Tradition".

I liked both of Ronald Davidson's books too.
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Re: Origin and Development of Vajrayana

Postby Astus » Thu Sep 16, 2010 11:06 am

It indeed has a good summary, thanks for the tip, but only a really short one.
"There is no such thing as the real mind. Ridding yourself of delusion: that's the real mind."
(Sheng-yen: Getting the Buddha Mind, p 73)

“Don’t rashly seek the true Buddha;
True Buddha can’t be found.
Does marvelous nature and spirit
Need tempering or refinement?
Mind is this mind carefree;
This face, the face at birth."

(Nanyue Mingzan: Enjoying the Way, tr. Jeff Shore; T51n2076, p461b24-26)
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