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The Gathering of Intentions: A History of a Tibetan Tantra

Jacob P. Dalton

Abstract

The Gathering of Intentions reads a single Tibetan Buddhist ritual system through the movements of Tibetan history, revealing the social and material dimensions of an ostensibly timeless tradition. By subjecting tantric practice to historical analysis, the book offers new insight into the origins of Tibetan Buddhism, the formation of its canons, the emergence of new lineages and ceremonies, and modern efforts to revitalize the religion by returning to its mythic origins. The ritual system explored in this volume is based on the Gathering of Intentions Sutra, the fundamental “root tantra” of th ... More

Keywords: Tantra, Tibetan Buddhism, Canon formation, Ritual system, Anuyoga, Nyingma

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2016 Print ISBN-13: 9780231176002
Published to University Press Scholarship Online: September 2016 DOI:10.7312/columbia/9780231176002.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Jacob P. Dalton, author