By Elizabeth Anne Benard

ISBN-10: 8120810651

ISBN-13: 9788120810655

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 through 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. because Chinnamasta is an extraordinary goddess, her texts weren't popularized or made ''fashionable'' in accordance with the dictates of a specific workforce at a selected time. The earliest extant texts date from the 9th and 10th centuries-a time while Hindu and Buddhist Tantras have been constructing below universal affects within the similar areas in India. Having such texts approximately Chinnamasta Chinnamasta from those centuries, it is easy to start to comprehend the mutuality of a common Tantric culture and the exclusivity of a selected Hindu or Buddhist Tantric culture. consequently the learn, not just examines Chinnamasta, but in addition makes an attempt to appreciate what's a Tantric culture.

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2. Pr3J)apratJ~fh§ is the instilling of the vital breath in an image of Chinnamasta or a visualized Chinnamasta. One does this by repeating the mantra, "Am ... hamsah, let Chinnamasta's vital breath be here; Am . hamsah, let Chinnamasta's self stay here; Am . hamsah, let all of Chinnamasta'ssenses be here; Am ... " 3. Six-limbed nyilsa is the touching of the six major bodily parts of Chinnamasta. Though the Gcxldess is formless, here she assumes a form in order to be worshipped by the practitioner.

The winds run through three main subtle channels (na<;lis): the central channel, su~l711)a; the left channel, k)a; and to the right channel, piriga/a. When the two subtle winds flow through the left-i¢i, the mind is concentrated and introverted; whereas when the two subtle winds flow through the right, the pirigala, the mind is scattered and extroverted. Normal breathing is done through one of these channels and does not alternate regularly with each breath between these two channels. Qay:ima is a method of regulating the breath so that inhalation (piiraka), maintaining ToWorshipaDeity 27 the breath (kumbhaka), and exhalation (recaka) are all equal in length.

U11nnarnunda. rather Legends and Origin ofChinnamastii 36. 37. 19 than Chinnamasta, but the two are identified as the same goddess and have the same meaning, "a severed-head one". Taranatha, Kahna pa 'i rnam char, Arunachal Pradesh, Tibetan Nyingmapa Monastery, 1974:319-20. The translation which follows is David Templeton's, published by the Library of Tibetan Works and Archives, Dhararnsala, 1989. I thankjc:-remy Russell for showing me this before publication Craranatha I 157516431 was a major proponent of the Tibetan Buddhistjo nang pa school and author of many historical works.

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