Early history of Shingon

Early history of Shingon

Postby tingdzin » Tue May 27, 2014 3:50 pm

I am interested in knowing about the current state of historical studies on early (Chinese) Shingon. I've read Taiko Yamasaki's book, the "Tantric Buddhism in East Asia" anthology, and Orzech's book on Amoghavajra. Are there any other major works in English or French available? Have Japanese scholars come up with any new insights that could be easily summarized? Any information is appreciated.
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Re: Early history of Shingon

Postby Indrajala » Fri Jun 20, 2014 4:44 pm

The following work is recent (2011) and summarizes all stages of the development of Zhenyan/Shingon in both China and Japan in 1126 pages:

Esoteric Buddhism and the Tantras in East Asia

http://www.brill.com/esoteric-buddhism- ... -east-asia


There are a lot of papers on Shingon put out by Japanese scholars, but these are seldom available in English unfortunately.
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Re: Early history of Shingon

Postby kong zen » Mon Jun 23, 2014 5:41 am

tingdzin wrote:I am interested in knowing about the current state of historical studies on early (Chinese) Shingon. I've read Taiko Yamasaki's book, the "Tantric Buddhism in East Asia" anthology, and Orzech's book on Amoghavajra. Are there any other major works in English or French available? Have Japanese scholars come up with any new insights that could be easily summarized? Any information is appreciated.


Japan shingon from China.
Chinese tantra, called Tang Mi again,
Subhakarasimha Amoghavajra, Vajrabodhi,
This is the three big Chinese tantra savants,
Later, the disciple Master handed the secret to the Kobo Daishi,
Tantric was spread to Japan,
If you want to understand the tantric carefully,
It's a long story,
That is about to understand the Chinese Buddhism,
:namaste:
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Re: Early history of Shingon

Postby tingdzin » Thu Jul 10, 2014 4:41 am

Thanks Indrajala
But at Brill's ridiculous prices it will be a long while before I can read this book, if ever.
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