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Oblation, Non-conception, and Body

Edited by Tsunehiko Sugiki

in Homa Variations

Published in print January 2016 | ISBN: 9780199351572
Published online December 2015 | e-ISBN: 9780199351602 | DOI: https://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199351572.003.0006

Series: Oxford Ritual Studies Series

Oblation, Non-conception, and Body

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The chapter examines several important early Buddhist tantric texts in this study. The chapter focuses on what it calls the “psychosomatic fire-oblation,” which is an internalized means of performing the ritual within the practitioner’s body. This employs the system of esoteric physiology (cakras, winds, and channels) that provided a basis for much of tantric and yogic practice. As a consequence of this close study of several early medieval Buddhist tantras, the chapter is able to establish a chronological sequence of the texts. This sequence corresponds to a trajectory from the actual performance of sexual rites to symbolized forms. The latter, internalized practices involve a psychophysiological symbolism of fire burning up the obscurations (kleśas).

Keywords: internalization; sexual rites; symbolism; subtle body; yoga; esoteric physiology

Chapter.  21079 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Religious Studies

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