Chinese and Tibetan Esoteric Buddhism

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Yael Bentor, Meir Shahar
  • Boston, MA: 
    , April
     450 pages.
     For other formats: Link to Publisher's Website.
Review coming soon!

Review by Richard K. Payne forthcoming.


Bringing together leading authorities in the fields of Chinese and Tibetan Studies alike, Chinese and Tibetan Esoteric Buddhism engages cutting-edge research on the fertile tradition of Esoteric Buddhism (also known as Tantric Buddhism). This state of the art volume unfolds the sweeping impact of esoteric Buddhism on Tibetan and Chinese cultures, and the movement's role in forging distinct political, ethnical, and religious identities across Asia at large. Deciphering the oftentimes bewildering richness of esoteric Buddhism, this broadly conceived work exposes the common ground it shares with other Buddhist schools, as well as its intersection with non-Buddhist faiths. As such, the book is a major contribution to the study of Asian religions and cultures. Contributors are: Yael Bentor, Ester Bianchi, Megan Bryson, Jacob Dalton, Hou Chong, Hou Haoran, Eran Laish, Li Ling, Lin Peiying, Lü Jianfu, Ma De, Dan Martin, Charles D. Orzech, Meir Shahar, Robert Sharf, Shen Weirong, Henrik H. Sørensen, and Yang Fuxue.

About the Author(s)/Editor(s)/Translator(s): 

Yael Bentor is Professor Emerita of Tibetan Studies in the Departments of Comparative Religion and Asian Studies at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. She has published monographs, translations and many articles on Tibetan Buddhism, including The Essence of the Ocean of Attainments: Explanation of the Creation Stage of the Guhyasamāja, King of All Tantras, 2017.

Meir Shahar is Professor of Chinese Studies at Tel Aviv University. His research interests span Chinese religion and literature, Chinese martial-art history, and the Sino-Indian cultural exchange. Meir Shahar is the author of Crazy Ji: Chinese Religion and Popular Literature; The Shaolin Monastery: History, Religion, and the Chinese Martial Arts; and Oedipal God: The Chinese Nezha and his Indian Origins.

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