By Elisabeth Anne Benard

This is often the 1st monograph which examines the infrequent Buddhist and Hindu Tantric Goddess, Chinnamasta, her rituals, her names and varieties (namarupa) and their symbolism by way of 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. due to the fact that Chinnamasta is an extraordinary goddess, her texts weren't popularized or made ''fashionable'' based on the dictates of a selected crew at a specific 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 related areas in India. Having such texts approximately Chinnamasta Chinnamasta from those centuries, you can start to comprehend the mutuality of a basic Tantric culture and the exclusivity of a selected Hindu or Buddhist Tantric culture. therefore the learn, not just examines Chinnamasta, but additionally makes an attempt to appreciate what's a Tantric culture.

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49a. 50. 19 than Chinnamasta, but the tw o are identified as the same goddess and have the same meaning, “ a severed-head o ne” . 319-20. The translation w h ich fo llo w s is D avid T em pleton ’s, p u b lish ed b y the Library o f Tibetan W orks and Archives, Dharamsala, 1989 I thank Jeremy Russell for show ing me this before publication (Taranatha [ 157516431 was a m ajor p ro p o n e n t o f the Tibetan Buddhist J o rtang pa school and au tho r o f many historical w orks. K ing Lalitacandra reigned from late seventh to early eighth century.

Say the mantra “Uttare Šikharc . . , the Himálayas); “Bhúmyam Parvatavásinť (O Dweller of the mountains), “Gaccha Devi Mamantaram”(O Goddess enter my heart). 1' By performing this one acquires siddhis. It is stated in the Bhairava Tantra that in presenting sacrificial offerings (ball) to the goddess, one should give fish, meat, wine, etc. at night or one can offer honey, sweet milk, etc. according to one’s means. Present these offerings to Chinnamasta while saying the mantra, “Om sarvasiddhiprade Vaminiye, sarvasiddhiprade Dakiniye, Chinnamasta Devi, ehi ehi, imam balim grhna grhna, mama siddhim dehi dehi, Phat Svaha".

19 than Chinnamasta, but the tw o are identified as the same goddess and have the same meaning, “ a severed-head o ne” . 319-20. The translation w h ich fo llo w s is D avid T em pleton ’s, p u b lish ed b y the Library o f Tibetan W orks and Archives, Dharamsala, 1989 I thank Jeremy Russell for show ing me this before publication (Taranatha [ 157516431 was a m ajor p ro p o n e n t o f the Tibetan Buddhist J o rtang pa school and au tho r o f many historical w orks. K ing Lalitacandra reigned from late seventh to early eighth century.

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