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The Gathering of Intentions

A History of a Tibetan Tantra

The Gathering of Intentions by Jacob P. Dalton
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This unique study reads a single Tibetan Buddhist ritual system through the movements of Tibetan history, revealing the social and material dimensions of a seemingly timeless tradition. By subjecting tantric practice to historical analysis, the book offers new insight into the origins of Tibetan Buddhism, the formation of its canon, the emergence of new lineages and ritual traditions, and efforts to revitalize the religion by returning to its mythic origins.

The ritual system explored in this volume is based on the Gathering of Intentions Sutra, the fundamental root tantra” of the Anuyoga class of teachings belonging to the Nyingma (Ancient”) school of Tibetan Buddhism. Proceeding chronologically from the ninth century to the present, each chapter features a Tibetan author negotiating a perceived gap between the original root textthe Gathering of Intentionsand the lived religious or political concerns of his day. This ongoing tension underscores the entanglement between Tibetan culture and its elaborate esoteric ritual systems, which have persisted for centuries, evolving in response to historical conditions. Rather than overlooking practice in favor of abstract philosophical concerns, this volume prioritizes Tibetan Buddhism’s ritual systems for a richer portrait of the tradition’s identity.
Columbia University Press; March 2016
272 pages; ISBN 9780231541176
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Title: The Gathering of Intentions
Author: Jacob P. Dalton
 
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0231541171
9780231176002
9780231541176