Tantric Studies in Memory of Helene Brunner

Item Code: IDJ672
Author: Dominic Goodall & Andre Padoux
Publisher: French Institute of Pondicherry
Language: English
Edition: 2007
ISBN: 9782855396668
Pages: 582 (Illustrations in Color 3)
Cover: Paperback
Other Details 9.5" X 6.5"
Weight 980 gm
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Helene BRUNNER was a pioneering scholar of Saivism whose work helped to forge the scholarly reputation of the French institutions of research in Pondicherry. This volume of essays offered in her memory reflects the range of her interests and offers thereby a picture of the state of tantric studies today. Prefaced to the volume is a biographical sketch of Helene Brunner by her colleague and friend of many years, Andre PADOUX (director de recherché honoraire of the CNRS), as well as a complete list of her published works.

Theological and philosophical aspects of tantric literature are addressed in the contributions of Gerhard OBERHAMMER (emeritus professor, Vienna), Francesco SFERRA (Professor, Universita degli Studi di Napoli L'Orientale), and Raffaele TORELLA(Professor at La Sapienza, Rome). Peter BISSCHOP (Lecturer, Edinburgh) and Marion RASTELLI (Austrian Academy of Sciences) throw light on connections between the tantric and puranic religious worlds. Diwakar ACHARYA (Lecturer, Kyoto) has uncovered and published primary source material about initiation in pre-tantric Saivism. Iconography and tantric ideas that underly it is the subject of the article of Pierre-Sylvain Filliozat (Membre del'Academie des Inscriptions & Belles-Letters). Leslie C. ORR and Richard H. Davis (Professors of Religion at Concordia university and Bard College respectively) combine the evidence of inscriptions and tantric literature to present what we know of the participants in South Indian temple festivals in medieval times. Tantric speculations about the alphabet, particularly its written form at the time of redaction of the scriptures of the Trika, is the focus of Somdev VASUDEVA (Editor, Clay Sanskrit Library). A scripture of the Siddhanta, the 100-verse recension of the Kalottara, is edited for the first time by Dominic GOODALL (Head of the Pondicherry Center of the EFEO). Judit TORZSOK (Lecturer, Charles-de-Gaulle University, Lille 3) examines explanations given in the tantras of the "meaning" of ritual.

The largest contribution of all, taking up a third of the book, is the magisterial survey of Kashmirian Saiva exegetical literature by Alexis SANDERSON (Spalding Professor of Eastern Religions and Ethics, All Souls, Oxford).




Preface 7
List des contributeurs 14
Andre Padoux: Helene Brunner- Une vie, une oeuvre 15
Liste des publications d'Helene Brunner 23
Diwakar Acharya: The Samskarvavidhi: A Manual on the Transformatory Rite of the Lakulisa-Pasupatas 27
Peter Bisschop: The description of Sivapura in the early Vayu and Skandapurana 49
Richard H. Davis & Leslie C. ORR: People of the Festival 73
Pierre-Sylvain Filliozat: Note sur les modes de representation de sadasiva dans l'ordonnance iconographique et architecturale du temple 99
T. Ganesan: Analyses of the Vijayagama and Svayambhuvagama 113
Dominic Goodall: A first edition of the Kalajnana, the shortest of the non-eclectic recensions of the Kalottara 125
Gerhard Oberhammer: Bharadvajas Nyasopadesah: Bemerkungen zu Bharadvajasamhita 1, 1-70 167
Marion Rastelli: The "Pancaratra Passages" in Agnipurana 21-70 187
Alexis Sanderson: The Saiva Exegesis of Kashmir 231
The Siddhanta 242
The commentary on the Pingalamata 248
The Kalikula 250
The exegesis of the Jayadrathayamala 252
The Krama Exegesis 260
Uddiyana and Kashmir 265
The Kalikastotra 270
The Kramastotra of Eraka 273
Keyuravati 275
Hrasvanatha 275
Hrasvanatha and Cakrabhanu 280
The Sripithadvadasika 291
From Cakrabhanu to Arnasimha 292
The Astika of Prabodhanatha 293
Paramarcanatrimsika & Cittasamtosatrimsika 295
The Mahanayaprakasa of Arnasimha 296
The Cidgaganacandrika of Srivatsa 297
The Old Kashmiri Mahanayaprakasa 299
The Anonymous Mahanayaprakasa 308
The Kramavilasastotra 317
The Khacakrapancakastotra 321
The Bhavopaharastotra 323
The Sivaratrirahasya 328
The Jnanakriyadvayasataka 329
The Higher Krama of the Oral Instructions 332
The Chummasamketaprakasa 333
The Trimsaccarcarahasya 343
The Vatulanathasutra 344
The Kaulasutra 346
The dates of the oral instruction texts 350
Abhinavagupta's works on the Krama 352
Abhinavagupta and Bhutiraja 359
The Svabodhasiddhi of Bhuti 364
Krama works known from quotations or reports 367
The Trika 370
The Pratyabhijna 382
Exegesis of the Vamakesvarimata 383
The Saivism of the Svacchanda and Netra 385
Lost Paddhatis 387
Ksemaraja's Exegesis of the Svacchanda and Netra 398
Other works by Ksemaraja 399
The Sivasutra, Spandakarika, and their Exegesis 402
The Sakta Saivism of the Maithila Kauls 409
Chronology 411
A Brief History 425
Francesco SFERRA: Materials for the Study fo the Levels of Sound in the Sanskrit Sources of the Saivasiddhanta 443
Raffaele TORELLA: Studies on Utpaladeva's Isvarapratyabhijnavivrti. Part III: Can a cognition become the object of another cognition? 475
Judit TORZSOK: The Search in Saiva Scriptures for Meaning in Tantric Ritual 485
Somadeva Vasudeva: Synasthetic Iconography: 1. the Nadiphantakrama 517
General Bibliography 551

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