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The Enlightenment of Vairocana

R. Tajima (Author) Alex Wayman (Author) Buddhist Tradition Series

The title The Enlightenment of Vairocana is a covering for two boos that study a famous Buddhist scripture with given Sanskrit titles of Vairocanabhisambodhitantra or Mahavairocanasutra. The first book, by Alex Wayman, translates the second chapter, which contains the body mandala of Vairocana's Compassion, copiously using Buddhaguhya's compassion, copiously using Buddhaguhya's commentary, study of some other chapter such as the final one on fire lineage, and include much introductory material, stressing the indo-Tibetan approach, on such topics as the Dharmadhatu and deities of the second chapter. The second book, by Ryujun Tajima, translates the first chapter, with scripture's theory of becoming a Buddha in one life, copiously using Subhakarasimha's commentary, summary of the remaining chapters, and includes introductory material stressing the Sino-Japanese approach, especially introducing the reader to the position of the Shingon sect.

The two books complements each other, and provide the interest reader with a veritable feast of information Hopefully the reader will appreciate the beauty of religious message, and the efforts of the two authors render the words of the scripture sensitively and carefully. It should be admitted that this is a profound Buddhist scripture with numerous well-crafted verses, and that it is resistent to the understanding, requiring lengthy attention for its penetration.

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About the author

Alex Wayman

Alex Wayman, now Professor Emeritus of Sanskrit, Columbia University, New York is in the forefront of Western Buddhist Scholarship by his series of books in both tantric and non-tantric Buddhism based on over forty years of researches. He employs both the Sanskrit and Tibetan languages in his books and articles. He has authored well over a hundred-fifty articles for professional journals and honorary type volumes in various countries and in recent years almost exclusively by invitation. His authorship of various seminal works on Buddhist Tantra ensures that the present collection of tantric essays conform to high standards of authoritative text and dependable citations.

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Title The Enlightenment of Vairocana
Format Hardcover
Date published: 31.12.1998
Edition 1st. ed.
Language: English
isbn 8120806409
length 398p., 8.8" X 5.8"