Consecration of Images and Stupas in Indo-Tibetan Tantric by Yael Bentor

By Yael Bentor

The current paintings is an research of the Indo-Tibetan ritual for consecrating pictures, "stupas," books and temples. it truly is in line with an intensive exam of the correct Tibetan textual fabric contained in Tantras, commentaries, ritual manuals and explanatory works on consecration. As rituals are supposed to be played, this textual examine is mixed with observations of performances and interviews with performers. The ebook opens with a basic dialogue of yes rules of tantric rituals and the rules of Indo-Tibetan consecration. the most half makes a speciality of a particular functionality of the ritual in a Tibetan monastery situated within the Kathmandu Valley. This quantity contributes to the usually overlooked box of Indo-Tibetan Buddhist rituals. it's excited by the sacred nature of items for worship in addition to with the most Buddhist tantric transformation right into a selected tantric Buddha.

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If the lha established in the receptacle requires initiation, it could not be a true Buddha, and if it does not require initiation, why· is an initiation performed? Most works on consecration chose to completely ignore this difficulty. Some of the explanations on the initiation of the lha are made in terms identical to those used for explaining initiation conferred on 65 Dang-po smin-byed rgyu-yi dbtmgl smin-pa sgrub-pa lam-gyi dbangl dbang-bskur mchog thob 'bras-bu'i dbang-ste (p. 4-5). ). 67 This is the title also of one of the Indian consecration works included in the Tibetan Tanjur (P.

Indeed, this initiation is called in various manuals, including the one translated below (R .. 2), 'Initiation of a lha' (lha Ia dbang-bskur). 67 This does not render the conferral of initiation during consecration less problematic. If the lha established in the receptacle requires initiation, it could not be a true Buddha, and if it does not require initiation, why· is an initiation performed? Most works on consecration chose to completely ignore this difficulty. Some of the explanations on the initiation of the lha are made in terms identical to those used for explaining initiation conferred on 65 Dang-po smin-byed rgyu-yi dbtmgl smin-pa sgrub-pa lam-gyi dbangl dbang-bskur mchog thob 'bras-bu'i dbang-ste (p.

33 fhe paradox of inviting the ye-shes sems-dpa', which is omnipresent IVithout ever being established, is dealt with in a number of conseoration works. The following dialogue contained in the Consecration fantra is an especially noteworthy example: The bodhisattvas asked: Oh Blessed One! How do the Victorious Ones establish/consecrate (rab-gnas) all the unestablished/unconsecrated (rab-tu mi gnas-pa) dharmas? The Blessed One replied: All the Buddhas firmly abide without any establishing/consecration.

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