By Matthew Kapstein, Sam Van Schaik (editors)

Drawing a large choice of texts and photographs from Dunhuang, the six unique contributions to this assortment enhance our realizing of the improvement of Esoteric Buddhism in past due first millennium Tibet and China. Ritual, philosophy, and mortuary practi

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41 rigs lngas dbang bskur (Bdud ’joms Bka’ ma edition, Vol. Tha 354; BOORD, 197). yon gyi sor mo lnga la a las zla ba’i dal steng du yum lnga yab yum sbyor ba mdzad/ byang sems sras mchog la thim pas dbang bskur ro/ (Bdud ’joms Bka’ ma edition, Vol. 3-5) 22 CATHY CANTWELL AND ROBERT MAYER 267) is devoted to the development of the sādhana practice, that is, the consecration of oneself as the deity, but he begins with the ritual articles needed for the practice, giving special attention (2003: 168170) to the practice phurpa.

The Dur khrod khu byug rol pa’i rgyud, a text found in the Anuyoga section of the Rnying ma’i rgyud ’bum collections, 25 contains a parallel discussion to part of our Dunhuang text in its Chapter 10. It does not appear to be another version of an identical source— unless it has been substantially rewritten—but a few mantras or key phrases follow in sequence, interspersed by some lines in which the same material is covered more briefly and largely (although not entirely) in different words. The parallels begin with the three syllables (oṃ, hūṃ and phaṭ) on different parts of the phurpa (MTSHAMS BRAG edition [M] Vol.

42 It then cites the Gsang rgyud in elaboration. The first verse mentions the generation of Samantabhadra and Samantabhadrī on the right and left palms; the second verse lists the five Buddhas appearing at the five right-hand fingers, the ordering corresponding with that given in the Phur pa bcu gnyis (see above). Finally, the third verse describes that the empowerment is effected through the union of the ‘wisdom’ and ‘means’, slightly intertwining the fingers and rolling the phurpa. 43 MAG GSAR’s commentary also gives some discussion of this aspect of consecration.

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