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The Visualization of the Secret: Atiśa’s Contribution to the Internalization of Tantric Sexual Practices

Department of Religious Studies, Santa Clara University, Santa Clara, CA 95053, USA
Religions 2020, 11(3), 136; https://doi.org/10.3390/rel11030136
Received: 1 February 2020 / Revised: 13 March 2020 / Accepted: 14 March 2020 / Published: 18 March 2020
(This article belongs to the Special Issue The Society for Tantric Studies Proceedings (2019))
This essay will explore the challenges presented by transgressive rituals, particularly the secret and wisdom-consort consecrations found in the Mahāyoga and Yoginī tantras. In particular, it examines how Atiśa Dīpaṅkara Śrījñāna aided in the dissemination of these traditions to Tibet during the eleventh century, in part through encouraging the enactment of transgressive rituals via internal visualization. I will do so through the exploration of a largely unstudied work by Atiśa, his commentary on a meditation manual (sādhana) attributed to the mahāsiddha Lūipa, “The Realization of the Cakrasaṃvara”, Cakrasaṃvarābhisamaya. Through an examination of this work, I will argue that Atiśa played an important role in facilitating the acceptance of the Yoginītantras in Tibet, during a time when tantric traditions were subject to a considerable amount of scrutiny. View Full-Text
Keywords: Cakrasaṃvara tantra; Buddhism; tantra; initiation; Atiśa Dīpaṅkara Śrījñāna; Tibet; sexual practices Cakrasaṃvara tantra; Buddhism; tantra; initiation; Atiśa Dīpaṅkara Śrījñāna; Tibet; sexual practices
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Gray, D.B. The Visualization of the Secret: Atiśa’s Contribution to the Internalization of Tantric Sexual Practices. Religions 2020, 11, 136.

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