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Luminous BlissA Religious History of Pure Land Literature in Tibet$
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Georgios T. Halkias

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780824835903

Published to Hawaii Scholarship Online: November 2016

DOI: 10.21313/hawaii/9780824835903.001.0001

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Tantric Transfer in Sukhāvatī

Tantric Transfer in Sukhāvatī

(p.139) Chapter Five Tantric Transfer in Sukhāvatī
Luminous Bliss

Georgios T. Halkias

University of Hawai'i Press

This chapter describes the development of Indian Buddhist tantrism—which came with a new set of rules, imposing restrictions on the spread of doctrines in a manner not previously witnessed—in Tibet. During the second spread of Buddhism to Tibet, an influx of Indian tantric lineages and their esoteric literature gave rise to the foundation of the New Buddhist Schools. The consolidation of new Indian teachings with old texts from Tibetan imperial times formed a widely accepted collection of scriptures, divided into the Kanjur, the words of the Buddha, and the commentaries, the Tanjur. The Kanjur and Tanjur contain thousands of religious scriptures; in comparison, texts with a Pure Land Buddhist orientation constitute a marginal, though representative, section. In addition to the Sukhāvatīvyūha sutras in the mDo section of the Kanjur, there are some allied works in the Tantra division.

Keywords:   Indian Buddhist tantrism, Buddhism, tantric lineages, New Buddhist Schools, Kanjur, Tanjur

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