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Buddhist Tantra: A Philosophical Reflection and Religious Investigation

Price : $49.75
ISBN # : 9788180696473
Author : Lalan Prasad Singh
pages: 160
Edition : Hardcover
Volumes : 1
Publisher : Concept Publishing Company
Published : 2010

Buddhist Tantra has made great contributions to the speculative metaphysics in the form of Vijnana Vada, (Yogacara) and Sunyavada (Madhyamika). The most profound ontological doctrine is considered to be the Madhyamika which claims Sunyata to be intrinsic nature, the ultimate mode of existence. Sunyata, a phenomenon one can experience when their mind is liberated from all kinds of mental illusion.

Lord Buddha, after the attainment of Nirvana under Bodh Tree at Bodh Gaya through the practice of Tantra Sadhana reflected on the Nature and significance of Nirvana which resulted into the Birth of a new School of Philosophy and a new Religious order known as Buddhism. Buddhist Tantra is the sublime and profound form of spirituality. It is monotheistic. It presents the highest form of Monism. In Buddhist Tantra, Advuya Means the eternal co-existence of Prajiid and Upaya which constitute the infinite unity and transcendent reality (Boddhi Citta). Buddhist Tantra has made great contribution to the speculative metaphysics in the form of Vijnana Vdda, (Yogacara) and Sunyavada (Madhvamika). The most profound Ontological Doctrine is considered to be the Mddhvamika which claims Sunyata to be intrinsic nature, to be the ultimate mode of existence of phenomenon. One can experience Sunyata only when the mind is liberated from all kinds of menial reification. Buddhist Tantra is aware of futality of speculative metaphysics and hence it recommends the practice of intuitional Science and esotericism for the realisation of ultimate reality. In this intuitive experience of Prajna and Upaya. essence and existence becomes identical.

Tantra is not based on false asceticism. The significance of mystic symbolism of Tantra cannot be understood without one's initiation (abhisekha) in its intuitional science and esoteric-ism. It is full of symbolism. The symbolism of Sex and wine under some esoteric discipline is supposed to sublimate the baser instincts. Tantra recognises that sex is inherent in man but it can be sublimated. In the Recognition of the gradual development and Transformation of human consciousness Tantra takes cognizance of baser and crude aspect of human nature and introduces Spiritual and esoteric techniques and practices to sublimate them into Higher forms of divine life. The significance of Five M's i.e. Mansa (Meat), Matsya (Fish), Mudrd (Parched Rice). Madya (Wine) and Maithuna (Copulation), is esoteric. It cannot be grasped in its manifest form. Maithuna (Copulation) refers to the union of Prajna and Upaya in Usanisa Kamala. The esoteric significance of the Madird (Wine) is the pineal nectar that imanates from the Usanisa Kamala.



Author Bio: Prof Lalan Prasad Singh, spent about two decades as a mendicant in Search of Truth and salvation. During this period he went through the rigours of Tantra Sadhana. He came to a conclusion that Tantra is neither a lifeless ritual nor a Religious dogma. It is an intuitional Science which rids the practitioner from the snares of false subjectivity and takes him to the state of Spiritual sublimity and divine effulgence. After going through test and turmoil of life of mendicant he returned hack to active Academic life. In January 1996 he retired as a Professor of Philosophy from Magadh University, Bodh Gaya and in February of the same year be became Senior Fellow of Indian Council of Philosophical Research, Government of India. In 2000 A.D. Professor Singh was awarded Fellowship of Indian Institute of Advance Studies, Shimla. He ha came a Visiting Research Professor in 2004 at the Catholic University of America, Washington D.C. He was also awarded Indo-French Cultural Fellowship in 1994. During his sojourn at Paris, he delivered series of Lectures on Tantra at the Department of Philosophy, Soubourn University IV, Paris (France). He also addressed the students and staff members of Department of Philosophy of Nihon and Toyo University, Tokyo in 2006. He presented many papers at the National and International Seminars and Symposia such as World Philosophical Congress 1975, International Congress of Orientalists, Mexico City 1976, First Sanskrit Symposia, Mexico City, World Sanskrit Congress, Lieden, Holland. Prof. Singh is a distinguished Professor of Philosophy and a Social Activist. Currently he is a Visiting Fellow at Department of Boddhist Studies, University of Delhi.

This book was added to South Asia bookstore on Wednesday 13 July, 2011.
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