Books/papers on the spread of Vajrayana from India to Far East

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Books/papers on the spread of Vajrayana from India to Far East

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Do you have recommendations?
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Orzech, Charles D. (general editor), ed. (2011). Esoteric Buddhism and the Tantras in East Asia. Brill.

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It is quite impossible to find the Buddha anywhere other than in one's own mind.
A person who is ignorant of this may seek externally,
but how is it possible to find oneself through seeking anywhere other than in oneself?
Someone who seeks their own nature externally is like a fool who, giving a performance in the middle of a crowd, forgets who he is and then seeks everywhere else to find himself.
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Chou Yi-liang: Tantrism in China https://www.jstor.org/stable/2717819
Charles Orzech: ‘Seeing Chen-yen Buddhism: scholarship and the Vajrayana in China’ https://www.jstor.org/stable/1062679
Richard McBride: “IS THERE REALLY “ESOTERIC” BUDDHISM?” https://www.academia.edu/25175930/Is_th ... c_Buddhism
Robert Sharf: Appendix 1: ‘On Esoteric Buddhism in China’, in: Coming to Terms with Chinese Buddhism.
Michel Strickmann: Mantras and Mandarins
Richard K. Payne ed.: Tantric Buddhism in East Asia
Orzech et al eds.: Esoteric Buddhism and the Tantras in East Asia
Yael Bentor ed.: Chinese and Tibetan Esoteric Buddhism
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Humble.student's recommendations are as good as you will find. I personally find Strickmann to be too much of an India chauvinist, but that's a matter of interpretation rather than scholarship.
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Lehnert, Martin: Tantric Threads between India and China. In: Heirman, Ann; Bumbacher, Stephan Peter (eds.) : The Spread of Buddhism. Leiden: Brill. pp. 247-276
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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Geoffrey C. Goble, Chinese Esoteric Buddhism: Amoghavajra, the Ruling Elite, and the Emergence of a Tradition, Columbia University Press: New York, 2019.
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:good: This is also important.
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