tantric buddhism in east asia

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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

TANTRIC BUDDHISM IN EAST ASIA

Richard Payne

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.

book information
  • Paperback
  • 320 pages, 6.00 x 9.00 inches
  • $19.95
  • ISBN 9780861714872
about the author
Tantric Buddhism in East Asia

Richard K. Payne is Yehan Numata Professor of Japanese Buddhist Studies at the Institute of Buddhist Studies in Berkeley, California. A member of the doctoral faculty of the Graduate Theological Union, he is also a collaborating researcher with the Open Research Center for the Humanities, Science, and Religion at Ryukoku University in Kyoto, Japan. He is an ordained Shingon Buddhist priest.

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