Tantric Studies: Fruits Of A Franco- German Project on Early Tantra
Author: Dominic Goodall and Harunaga Isaacson
The principal works that have emerged from our stimulating project on Early Tantra are critical editions and translations of previously unpublished primary material, which have begun to appear in this new series. This volume complements those publications by gathering together some of the fruits, direct and indirect, of the wide-ranging discussions that took place during the projects workshops. By way of introduction, the volume opens with an attempt by the editors to draw together our findings about the Shared ritual syntax of some of the earliest known works of tantric traditions, with a particular emphasis on the Buddhist Manjusriyamulakalpa and the Saiva Nisavastattvasambita. Seven further contribution, by Dominic Goodall, Peter Bisschop, Judit Torzsok, Diwakar Acharya, Anna A. Slaczka, Libbie Mills and Peter-Daniel Szanto, throw light on a wide range of topics: the Saiva tattvas and their evolution, yogini-temples, alphabet-deities, an early treatise of snake-related magic, iconographic prescriptions in early pratisthatantras, the implications of the use of the bhutasankhya system, and a fragment of a Buddhist tantric sadhana.