Tsong Khapa's Illumination of the Hidden Meaning

Mandala, Mantra, and the Cult of the Yoginis: A Study and Translation of Chapters 1-24 of the sbas don kun sel

Author : Gray, David B

Tsong Khapa's Illumination of the Hidden Meaning

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Publication delayed - no date. This is the first in a two volumes annotated translation of Lama Tsong Khapa's Illumination of the Hidden Meaning (sbas don kun sel). A magnificent and massive commentary on the Chakrasamvara tantra, this is the first English translation of a work that marks a milestone in the Tibetan assimilation of the Indian Buddhist tantras.

This first volume, which includes Tsong Khapa's detailed introduction to chapters 1 to 24 of the 51 chapter root tantra, covers the history of the tradition, its interpretation, and a range of topics including the construction of the mandala, the consecration therein, the decoding of mantras and their ritual applications, and extensive details concerning the clans of the yoginis and the procedures to win their favour. Gray situates the work in context and explores the sources used in composing this commentary. He also provides detailed notes, a trilingual English-Tibetan-Sanskrit glossary, and an appendix that includes a translation and a critical edition of the Laghusamvaratantrapatalabhisandhi, a synopsis of the Chakrasamvara tantra composed by Sumatikirti, which is quoted in its entirety by Tsong Khapa.

This work will be followed by a second volume of the annotated trsnalation subtitled Yogic Vows, Conduct, and Ritual Praxis (An Annotated Translation of Chapters 25-31), and a third volume that will include a critical edition of the entire Tibetan text.