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  Shingon Buddhism - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
One feature that sets Shingon apart from the other surviving schools of esoteric Buddhism in Tibet is the use of calligraphy, along with more common pictorial representations, to represent Buddha figures in their mandalas.
Esoteric Buddhism holds that it is not ineffable, and that it is readily communicated via esoteric rituals which involve the use of mantras, mudras, and mandalas.
Esoteric Buddhism is also practised, although to a lesser extent, in the Japanese Tendai School founded at around the same time as the Shingon School in the early 9th century (Heian period) as well as by shugenja, practitioners of shugendo, a form of mountain asceticism.
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/Shingon_Buddhism   (933 words)

 Vajrayana - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Tibetan Buddhism, found in Tibet, Bhutan, northern India, Nepal, southwestern China, Mongolia and, various constituent republics of Russia that are adjacent to the area, such as: Amur Oblast, Buryatia, Chita Oblast, Tuva Republic, and Khabarovsk Krai.
While tantra and esoterism distinguish Vajrayana Buddhism, it is, from the Tibetan Buddhist point of view, nonetheless primarily a form of Mahayana Buddhism.
From this point of view the esoteric Vajrayana is the only Buddhist teaching which is not a compromise with the limited nature of the audience to which it is directed, since the teachings are said to be the Dharmakaya (the principle of enlightenment) in the form of Mahavairocana, engaging in a monologue with himself.
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/Vajrayana   (2016 words)

 * Buddhism - (Esoteric): Definition   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-21)
Buddhism might have remained an insignificant Indian sect, live so many of it rivals, until it shattered itself apart, but in the third century BC Emperor Ashoka,...
A Japanese term meaning "meditation." It is a major school of Japanese that claims to transmit the spirit of Buddhism, or the total enlightenment as achieved by the founder of the religion, the Buddha...
Tibetan variant of Buddhism mixed with the potent remnants of the shamanistic Bönpo indigenous to the Tibeto-Himalayan regions.
www.bestknows.com /esoteric/buddhism.html   (539 words)

 Buddhism -- Facts, Info, and Encyclopedia article   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-21)
While it is impossible to escape one's ((Hinduism and Buddhism) the effects of a person's actions that determine his destiny in his next incarnation) karma or the effects caused by previous thoughts, words and deeds, it is possible to avoid the suffering that comes from it by becoming enlightened.
Buddhism thus has more in common with Western ((philosophy) the doctrine that knowledge derives from experience) empiricism, ((philosophy) the doctrine that practical consequences are the criteria of knowledge and meaning and value) pragmatism, and (Click link for more info and facts about anti-foundationalism) anti-foundationalism than it does with nihilism per se.
However, Buddhism there was supplanted by the introduction of (The monotheistic religion of Muslims founded in Arabia in the 7th century and based on the teachings of Muhammad as laid down in the Koran) Islam around (The cardinal number that is the product of 10 and 100) 1000.
www.absoluteastronomy.com /encyclopedia/b/bu/buddhism.htm   (7183 words)

 Kukai   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-21)
Esoteric Buddhism is "a complex system of icons, meditative rituals, and ritual languages, all of which aim at enabling the practitioners to immediately grasp abstract Buddhist doctrines through actual ritual experiences".
Esoteric Buddhism had yet to be systematically imported into Japan and existed in a fragmentary condition, and he would have only had such a partial understanding and a standard Mahāyāna perspective from which to understand the sūtra.
Esoteric Buddhism became an important aspect of the Tendai school which was primarily focused on the Lotus Sutra, an exoteric text.
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 Tibetan Buddhism
However, according to the Esoteric Buddhism, the laity are incapable of recognizing the nature of cosmic beings, "unless they are aided by the supreme benevolent power of the Tathagata", which means the practice of "the three secrets" is necessity if one wishes to purify one's mind and recognize the nature of all cosmic beings.
The Esoteric Buddhism preaches the idea of "taking upaya (compassion) as father and prajra (wisdom) as mother" and takes the union of rajas and devis in each other's embrace as the symbol of "the union of compassion and wisdom".
Therefore, to a follower of the Esoteric Buddhism, his spiritual teacher is his father, and the teacher's female companion his mother (dakini), and the great union of happiness of man and woman is the path which will lead to the "acquisition of supernatural powers (siddhi)".
omni.cc.purdue.edu /~wtv/tibet/tbuddha.html   (1903 words)

 CSI: Ram 1
Esoteric Buddhism is the totality of discursive practices used to construct such a multilayered signifying system and to decodify it.
Esoteric Buddhism will later modify in part classic Buddhist attitudes toward absolute language, since it emphasized the importance of original Sanskrit formulae that were not to be translated.
As is well known, esoteric Buddhism maintains that an infinite number of mantras exist; such multiplicity, however, is the result of the combinatory of the Sanskrit alphabet as described in the Dainichiky¿ and in the Kong¿ch¿gy¿, the two main scriptures of the Shingon school.
chass.utoronto.ca /epc/srb/cyber/ram1.html   (8311 words)

 buddhism symbol   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-21)
In esoteric Buddhism the principle in the mandala is the presence of the Buddha in it, but images...
Buddhism Symbol -- The wheel is an important symbol of Buddhism.
In Esoteric Buddhism, Earth is the symbol of R ATNASAMBHAVA BUDDHA, whose color is yellow, and who is...
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 Esoteric Buddhism by A.P.Sinnett
The fact is, however, that esoteric Buddhism, though by no means divorced from the associations of exoteric Buddhism, must not be conceived to constitute a mere imperium in imperio - a central school of culture in the vortex of the Buddhist world.
And the esoteric doctrine is thus regarded by those of all creeds who are “enlightened” (in the Buddhist sense) as the absolute truth concerning Nature, Man, the origin of the Universe, and the destinies toward which its inhabitants are tending.
Esoteric science, though interesting itself mainly with matters generally regarded as appertaining to religion, would not be the complete comprehensive and trustworthy system that it is, if it failed to bring all the facts of earth life into harmony with its doctrines.
www.theosophical.ca /EsotericBuddhism.htm   (16010 words)

 Esoteric Buddhism - Wikibooks
Esoteric Buddhist Schools include: Tendai, Shingon, Tantric and are the antithesis of the Yinyana and other open systems.
The Esoteric Buddhism is unique and requires the study of the Exoteric Buddhism as the foundation and puts the Esoteric Buddhism as the most advanced form of Buddhism.
The doctrine of the Esoteric (or Tantric) Buddhism is based on Mahavairocana-sutra, and Kalacakraindriya-sutra.
en.wikibooks.org /wiki/Esoteric_Buddhism   (194 words)

 Esoteric Buddhism (from Buddhism) --  Encyclopædia Britannica
Mystical practices and esoteric sects are to be found in all forms of Buddhism.
In the course of history the mystical tendency that had suffused Buddhism as an aspect or element of Indian religion as a whole became increasingly pronounced.
Buddhism has always been ready and able to develop in new environments, with different cultures and customs, and yet still remain faithful to the teachings of the Buddha.
www.britannica.com /eb/article-68731   (805 words)

The term as it has been used since the Theosophical Society began to be the means of bringing the sublime philosophies of the East before a large body of students, is held to refer to some hitherto hidden knowledge or explanation of the laws governing the evolution of the universe.
The Esoteric doctrine does not content itself with a mere metaphysical juggling with these terms, but goes to the length of claiming to explain the method of universal evolution and the hidden things in nature.
Much detail, very necessary for a proper understanding of the subject, has been omitted, but even from this inadequate view of only a portion of the Esoteric Doctrine, it will be seen that it is one which has a perfect scheme of evolution where both spirit and matter are given their proper places.
www.theosophy-nw.org /theosnw/books/wqj-all/j-esoteric.htm   (1475 words)

 Esoteric traditions in China and Japan (from Buddhism) --  Encyclopædia Britannica   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-21)
During the 7th, 8th, and 9th centuries the Vajrayana forms of Esoteric Buddhism that were developing in India spread to Southeast Asia (for example, to Indonesia, where Esoteric teachings were an important component in the symbolism of the great Buddhist stupa at Borobudur) and to East Asia.
It is based mainly on the rigorous intellectual disciplines of Madhyamika and Yogacara philosophy and utilizes the symbolic ritual practices of Vajrayana (Tantric Buddhism).
Buddhism is a dominant faith in Cambodian society.
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 Theosophy article "'Esoteric Buddhism' and the 'Secret Doctrine'" by Blavatsky
N reference to various remarks concerning "Esoteric Buddhism" which appear in the course of your new work, "The Secret Doctrine," I beg to call your attention to some passages on the same subject which appeared on former occasions in the Theosophist at a time when that magazine was edited by yourself.
Sinnett's exposition are "not Buddhism, esoteric nor exoteric," they will have to make away with the thousands of Brahminical Adwaita and other Vedantin writings--the works of Sankaracharya in particular--from which it can be proved that precisely the same doctrines are taught in those works esoterically.
Buddhism." All she asserts is, that it is not for the first time that they were given out to a European, and by the latter to other Europeans.
www.blavatsky.net /blavatsky/arts/EsotericBuddhismAndTheSecretDoctrine.htm   (3044 words)

 Mandara (Mandala) in Japan - The Ryokai, Daimond World, and Womb World Mandalas
Mandala scrolls and paintings became popular in Japan in the 9th century with the growth of the Shingon and Tendai Sects of Esoteric Buddhism, which arose in reaction against the expanding wealth and power of organized Buddhism.
When Buddhism was brought to China, Chinese characters were assigned to fit the sounds of this Sanskrit word, but these characters themselves have no relation to the meaning of the word.
Esoteric Buddhism was founded on the principle that the two aspects of Buddha, both the unchanging cosmic principle and the active, physical manifestation of Buddha in the natural world, were one and the same.
www.onmarkproductions.com /html/mandala1.shtml   (2049 words)

 The World of Jin-Gang-Dhyana - Baochu Holy Realm series no. 1 - Xizi Holy Tantra Words
Since the chuan cheng of Holy Tantra Esoteric Buddhism is itself a major scholarly subject, it is difficult for those lacking comprehension to really understand what it is all about.
It is the necessary route to subtlely assess the profundity of Holy Tantra Esoteric Buddhism's systematic true practice Dharma.
Protection of the secrecy of chuan cheng Dharma lineage has become a professional art and survival wisdom of Holy Tantra Esoteric Buddhism to operate safely in the deliverance of sentient beings and dissemination of Tantric teachings.
www.jingangdhyanaincnet.org /e43c/e431a1a2.html   (314 words)

 Mikkyō: The Art of Japanese Esoteric Buddhism   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-21)
Fundamental to Esoteric Buddhism is the belief that Enlightenment can be achieved in this lifetime, rather than in some distant future, through the correct performance of complicated rites and magical practices.
Practitioners of Esoteric Buddhism undertake years of training which are necessary to master its complex tenets and rituals.
In Esoteric practice these and other implements are manipulated in strict sequences to unify symbolically the practitioner with the deity.
www.amherst.edu /~scmorse/mikkyo/m-r.html   (550 words)

 The Secret Doctrine by H. P. Blavatsky, Introductory (vol 1)
Sinnett's work, had ceased to be esoteric from the moment they were made public; nor did it contain the religion of Buddha, but simply a few tenets from a hitherto hidden teaching which are now supplemented by many more, enlarged and explained in the present volumes.
For the Esoteric philosophy is alone calculated to withstand, in this age of crass and illogical materialism, the repeated attacks on all and everything man holds most dear and sacred, in his inner spiritual life.
The members of several esoteric schools -- the seat of which is beyond the Himalayas, and whose ramifications may be found in China, Japan, India, Tibet, and even in Syria, besides South America -- claim to have in their possession the sum total of sacred and philosophical works in MSS.
www.theosociety.org /pasadena/sd/sd1-0-in.htm   (9633 words)

 myss.com   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-21)
The form of Buddhism that developed in Tibet in the 8th century is sometimes referred to as Tantric or Esoteric Buddhism, because it grew in part out of Indian Tantric practicies.
The esoteric aspects of Tibetan Buddhism derive from Padmasambhava's origins as a professor of Tantric Yoga at the Buddhist University in Nalanda, India, and his reputed skills in occultism.
As all three major teachings of Buddhism -- Hinayana, Mahayana, and Vajrayana -- were being expounded pretty much simultaneously by the various Tibetan schools, Tibet developed an extraordinarily rich array of spiritual teachings and practices, from the broadly devotional to the deeply esoteric.
www.myss.com /worldreligions/Buddhism5.asp   (814 words)

 CSI: Ram 2
According to Shingon esoteric Buddhism, the capacity to recognize such a cosmic sermon and participate in it is essential for the attainment of enlightenment.
In Buddhism, therefore, ignorance is a metaphysical error, for it consists in mistaking the true reality of the universe with the cultural realm of semiosis, articulated and articulable, and even with psycho-mental phenomena, that are representations generated by the deluded mind.
Accordingly, the esoteric cosmos in one which is always/already structured on a deep level; semiosis is the manipulation/transformation/simplification of the structure of the underlying cosmic substance.
www.chass.utoronto.ca /epc/srb/cyber/ram2.html   (15804 words)

 Zen and the Pure Esoteric School   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-21)
Buddhism by the period of the Tang dynasty had filled in most of the teaching gaps left by the lack of original Indian material.
The Esoteric Buddhism of this period was known by a number of different names such as the Tantrayana (Tantric Buddhism, or Tantra), Mantrayana (the Mantra Vehicle) and Vajrayana (the Diamond Vehicle, or Vajra Vehicle) school.
While the original Esoteric Buddhism teachings do show pictures of various Buddhas together with their consorts, there were no actual teachings on sexual yoga because the pictures symbolized the harmonization of the yin and yang chi flows within your physical body.
www.meditationexpert.com /Articles/ZenEsotericSchool.htm   (10659 words)

 Shingon Buddhism
This is a solid introduction for anyone interested in the living esoteric Buddhism of Japan.
SHINGON: Japanese Esoteric Buddhism by Taiko Yamasaki ($16.95, paperback, Shambhala, ISBN: 0877734437) This survey of the general tenets of Japanese esoteric Buddhism offers several scholarly features such as a glossary of key terms with Sanskrit equivalents.
Offering a radically new approach to the study of early religious history-- combining historical research, discourse analysis analysis, literary criticism and semantics, Abe contends that the importance of Kukai's establishment of esoteric Buddhism lay not establishment of Shingon as in his creation of a general theory of language grounded in the ritual speech of mantra.
www.wordtrade.com /religion/buddhism/budshingonR.htm   (594 words)

 [No title]   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-21)
Shingon Buddhism grants salvation and enlightenment to human beings who would otherwise be caught in the cycle of birth and death.
Kobo Daishi (Kukai), the founder of Shingon Buddhism, was born in the town of Zentsuji in Kagawa Prefecture in Japan in 774.
He became a monk when he was 19 years old and went to China to study Esoteric Buddhism when he was 31.
www.koyasan.org /nckoyasan/introduction.html   (1110 words)

 Search Results for esoteric - Encyclopædia Britannica
Attempts by the Nara court to use Buddhism as a complicit pacifier in the pursuit of state...
(“sprinkling”), in esoteric Buddhism, a purificatory or initiatory rite in which a candidate is sprinkled with water or other liquid, signifying a change in status.
In Mahayana Buddhism, new rituals were added onto the ceremony of ordination prescribed by the Pali Vinaya.
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