Indian Esoteric Buddhism
A Social History of the Tantric MovementeBook - 2002
Despite the rapid spread of Buddhism -- especially the esoteric system of Tantra, one of its most popular yet most misunderstood forms -- the historical origins of Buddhist thought and practice remain obscure. This groundbreaking work describes the genesis of the Tantric movement in early medieval India, where it developed as a response to, and in some ways an example of, the feudalization of Indian society. Drawing on primary documents -- many translated for the first time -- from Sanskrit, Prakrit, Tibetan, Bengali, and Chinese, Ronald Davidson shows how changes in medieval Indian so.
Publisher: New York : Columbia University Press, ©2002
Characteristics: 1 online resource (xvi, 475 pages) : illustrations