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The Body Incantatory: Spells and the Ritual Imagination in Medieval Chinese Buddhism

Most interesting find: Paul Copp’s new book, The Body Incantatory: Spells and the Ritual Imagination in Medieval Chinese Buddhism (Columbia University Press, 2014), focuses on Chinese interpretations and uses of two written dhāraṇī during the last few centuries of the first millennium.  … Continue reading

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The True Body of the Precepts

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Questioner: “If the essence of all the Buddha’s teachings were contained in the practice of looking directly into one’s nature and attaining Buddhahood, wouldn’t that make the formal practice of keeping the precepts meaningless?”  Bassui: “Keeping or violating the precepts … Continue reading

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The Presentation of Vajrasattva

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FOUR: THE PRESENTATION OF VAJRASATTVA Arising from the vajropama-samādhi, the Elect discovered himself being drawn towards a chapel of light whose entrance appeared in the center of the antechamber. He was then drawn to a rectangular pool of water within … Continue reading

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