Tantric Buddhism in East Asia



320 pages, 6 x 9 inches


ISBN 9780861714872

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“Beyond bringing the esoteric Buddhism of East Asia out of the shadows, this publication will raise fruitful questions about the way tantra has been defined and classified in its travels across cultures and times.”—Buddhadharma

Mon, 01/21/2013 - 12:35 -- wisdom

While the tantric Buddhism found in the Indian and Tibetan traditions is increasingly recognized, in East Asia tantric Buddhism remains largely unknown. This collection brings together twelve key essays on tantric Buddhism in East Asia, drawn from sources that are not commonly available. The collection is organized into four sections: China and Korea, Japan, Deities and Practices, and Influences on Japanese Religion.

Payne’s work, which brings together in one place a “critical mass” of scholarship, will create a sea change in the understanding of the history of East Asian Buddhism and Tantra.