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The Inner KalacakratantraA Buddhist Tantric View of the Individual$
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Vesna A. Wallace

Print publication date: 2001

Print ISBN-13: 9780195122114

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2003

DOI: 10.1093/0195122119.001.0001

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The Gnostic Body

The Gnostic Body

(p.143) 7 The Gnostic Body
The Inner Kalacakratantra

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This chapter looks at the Kālacakratantra and the Kālacakra tradition as a Buddhist gnostic system. To do this it examines the various ways in which the tantric system interprets gnosis and its functions, and delineates the practices for actualizing it. The different sections of the chapter discuss the individual in relation to gnosis; gnosis as the all‐pervading mind and as the four bodies of the Buddha; gnosis and mental afflictions; gnosis and karma; and gnosis and sexual bliss.

Keywords:   Buddhism, gnosis and the individual, gnosis as the all‐pervading mind, gnosis as the four bodies of the Buddha, gnosis, Gnosticism, Indian Buddhism, Kālacakra tradition, Kālacakratantra, karma, mental affliction, sexual bliss

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