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Tantric Art and Meditation

Post by Queequeg » Thu May 10, 2018 1:54 am

Not sure if anyone can answer...

When do the rituals described in Michael Saso's Tantric Art and Meditation date from?
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Re: Tantric Art and Meditation

Post by jake » Thu May 10, 2018 4:56 am

Just to clarify, you're asking about the Juhachido, Taizokai, Kongokai, and Goma? I think he uses an English translation for the names, if memory serves.

Also, as I'm sure you're aware, these rituals are also in Shingon but I assume you're interested in the Tendai rituals in their current format, as outlined in Saso's book. Right? Or are you asking for the historical origins?
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Re: Tantric Art and Meditation

Post by Seishin » Thu May 10, 2018 10:35 am

Queequeg wrote:
Thu May 10, 2018 1:54 am
Not sure if anyone can answer...

When do the rituals described in Michael Saso's Tantric Art and Meditation date from?
To be honest, I don't really know. From what little I know these rituals originate in India, and then moved to China. I'd imagine there were some minor additions made to these rituals in China, but I can't be sure. Then they moved to Japan where again I'd imagine some minor additions were made, but again I can't really be sure.

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Re: Tantric Art and Meditation

Post by Queequeg » Thu May 10, 2018 3:46 pm

jake wrote:
Thu May 10, 2018 4:56 am
Just to clarify, you're asking about the Juhachido, Taizokai, Kongokai, and Goma? I think he uses an English translation for the names, if memory serves.

Also, as I'm sure you're aware, these rituals are also in Shingon but I assume you're interested in the Tendai rituals in their current format, as outlined in Saso's book. Right? Or are you asking for the historical origins?
Hi Jake,

I'm particularly curious about the Taizokai and Kongokai, but curious about all. And not necessarily just the Tendai traditions.

I guess my question is more specifically, what is the history of those rituals in Japan, and how do they compare to the practices brought from China in the 9th-10th c. Are these substantially similar to the practices in the Heian and Kamakura periods such that insight could be gleaned about the general Buddhist history of those periods? Is there substantial variation in these practices between particular lineages and schools?
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Thu May 10, 2018 10:35 am
To be honest, I don't really know. From what little I know these rituals originate in India, and then moved to China. I'd imagine there were some minor additions made to these rituals in China, but I can't be sure. Then they moved to Japan where again I'd imagine some minor additions were made, but again I can't really be sure.
Hi Seishin, Do you know if there have been any studies, English or Japanese, investigating the line of questions above? I imagine that part of the difficulty in answering those questions, and the ones you raise, is the secrecy that has traditionally surrounded the practices. There must be ritual manuals, though, that can be dated and compared...
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Entered a stupa compound
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Have certainly attained the path of the buddhas.

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Re: Tantric Art and Meditation

Post by Seishin » Thu May 10, 2018 4:16 pm

I'm sure there must have been such studies done in Japan, given their penchant for scholarship. However I don't know of them. Jikai sensei may be a better person to answer.

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