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By Elizabeth Anne Benard

This is often the 1st monograph which examines the infrequent Buddhist and Hindu Tantric Goddess, Chinnamasta, her rituals, her names and kinds (namarupa) and their symbolism via evaluating and contrasting her sadhanas (spiritual practices) in Hinduism and Buddhism. the full Hindu "Chinnamastatantra" part from the Sakta Pramoda, the Buddhist "Chinnamunda Vajravarahisadhana" and the "Trikayavajrayoginistuti" are translated for the 1st time into English. when you consider that Chinnamasta is a unprecedented goddess, her texts weren't popularized or made "fashionable" in response to the dictates of a specific workforce at a selected time. The earliest extant texts date from the 9th and 10th centuries-a time whilst Hindu and Buddhist Tantras have been constructing less than universal affects within the similar areas in India. Having such texts approximately Chinnamasta Chinnamasta from those centuries, you could start to comprehend the mutuality of a common Tantric culture and the exclusivity of a selected Hindu or Buddhist Tantric culture. therefore the learn, not just examines Chinnamasta, but additionally makes an attempt to appreciate what's a Tantric culture.

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O;:J), non-indulgence in the senses Undriya- nigraha), benevolence (day:i), forgiveness (k'}ama), and wisdom (jriana)Y 8. Worship of the Goddess' attendants (avar~a piija) is performed to honour all ChinnamasLi 's attendants who reside with her. ,ide of the enclosure, as wdl as th<>sc who reside next to Chinnamasta in the innermost sanctum. 9. Valediction to Chinnamasta ( visarjana) ccrcm< my begins with the offering of incense, light, and a libation to Chinnamasta. One begs pardon of the Goddess for all one's acL<; whether virtuous or unvirtuous and offers everything to her.

23: 3<)0-91. Ibid 409-11. i\otc that this •;Jdhana is very sirmlar to the one in the Sadhanamala and also similar to a manuscript found in ;\;cpa! entitled Lak;;;mi'iadhana (whtch is being studied by the Dhih Project 111 Sarnath, India). Ibid .. 111-1 S. 82: }tiff. , The /Jiuc Annals: 390. This Virupa and his disciple are from the ninth century and are not the famed eighth-century patriarchs of the Tibetan Btiddhist Sakya lineage. Ibid · 31>11. lie has sc\·cral names The name Varendraruci is his tttle as a scholar (T.

Again perform the six-limbed nyasa to these two goddesses. ". )68 6.

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