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.
1 Myriad dharmas are only mind.
Mind is unobtainable.
What is there to seek?

2 If the Buddha-Nature is seen,
there will be no seeing of a nature in any thing.

3 Neither cultivation nor seated meditation —
this is the pure Chan of Tathagata.

4 With sudden enlightenment to Tathagata Chan,
the six paramitas and myriad means
are complete within that essence.


1 Huangbo, T2012Ap381c1 2 Nirvana Sutra, T374p521b3; tr. Yamamoto 3 Mazu, X1321p3b23; tr. J. Jia 4 Yongjia, T2014p395c14; tr. from "The Sword of Wisdom"

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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.
    How foolish you are,
    grasping the letter of the text and ignoring its intention!
    - Vasubandhu

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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.
1 Myriad dharmas are only mind.
Mind is unobtainable.
What is there to seek?

2 If the Buddha-Nature is seen,
there will be no seeing of a nature in any thing.

3 Neither cultivation nor seated meditation —
this is the pure Chan of Tathagata.

4 With sudden enlightenment to Tathagata Chan,
the six paramitas and myriad means
are complete within that essence.


1 Huangbo, T2012Ap381c1 2 Nirvana Sutra, T374p521b3; tr. Yamamoto 3 Mazu, X1321p3b23; tr. J. Jia 4 Yongjia, T2014p395c14; tr. from "The Sword of Wisdom"


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