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Lamps for the Mind: Illuminations and Innovation in dPAL Dbyangs's Mahãyoga

Takahashi, Kammie Morrison
Format
Thesis/Dissertation; Online
Author
Takahashi, Kammie Morrison
Advisor
Germano, David
Groner, Paul
Lang, Karen
Abstract
Mahayoga (rnal 'by0r Chen pa) was among the earliest forms of tantra to take hold in Tibet, and it provided both template and springboard for the development of later forn1s of Buddhism on the plateau, including the Great Perfection (rDz0gs Chen), the highest vehicle for the Translation School of the Ancients (snga' gyur rnying ma). The journey from India to Tibet in the eighth and ninth centuries of texts and teachings associated with Mahayoga tantra, and the course of their development as the paramount forn1s of tantric teachings there, involved both careful conservation and creative innovation. Though the details of this process have become largely obscured to modern historians, nir1th - century Tibetan master Pelyang (dPal dbyangs) emerges as the most influential and innovative figure in its early establishment on the plateau. The seven works comprising his extant corpus provide a full view of Pelyang's innovations, including his emphatic focus on view as opposed to practice, and a uniquely early form of a transcendent and evocative rhetoric which was, together with his focus on view, to become the visionary heart of the Great Perfection tradition approximately a century later. A close examination of these uniquely Tibetan characteristics deepens our understanding of the early religious history of Buddhist Tibet during the eighth and ninth centuries, providing a crucial missing link in the chain of developments leading to the Great Perfection. Note: Abstract extracted from PDF file via OCR
Language
English
Date Received
20140123
Published
University of Virginia, Department of Religious Studies, PHD (Doctor of Philosophy), 2009
Published Date
2009-08-01
Degree
PHD (Doctor of Philosophy)
Collection
Libra ETD Repository
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