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Indian Esoteric Buddhism

Ronald M. Davidson (Author)
Synopsis Despite the rapid spread of Buddhism - especially the esoteric system of Tantra, one of its most popular, yet most misunderstood forms - the historical origins of Buddhist thought and practice remain obscure. This ground-breaking work describes the genesis of the Tantric movement in early medieval India, where it developed as a response to, and in some ways an example of the feudalization of Indian society. Drawing on primary documents - many translated for the first time - from Sanskrit, Prakrit, Tibetan, Bengali, and Chinese, Ronald Davidson shows how changes in medieval Indian society, including economics and patronage crises, a decline in women’s participation, and the formation of large monastic orders, led to the rise of the esoteric tradition in India that became the model for Buddhist culture in China, Tibet and Japan.
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About the author

Ronald M. Davidson

Ronald M. Davidson is professor of religious studies at Fairfield University in Connecticut. He is the co-author (with Steven D. Goodman) of Tibetan Buddhism: Reason and Revelation.

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Title Indian Esoteric Buddhism
Format Softcover
Date published: 01.01.2004
Edition 1st ed.
Language: English
isbn 8120819918
length xx+475p., Figures; Maps; Appendices; Abbreviations; Bibliography; Index; 22cm