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Homa VariationsThe Study of Ritual Change across the Longue Durée$
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Richard K. Payne and Michael Witzel

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780199351572

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: December 2015

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199351572.001.0001

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Oblation, Non-conception, and Body

Oblation, Non-conception, and Body

Systems of Psychosomatic Fire Oblation in Esoteric Buddhism in Medieval South Asia

(p.167) Oblation, Non-conception, and Body
Homa Variations
Tsunehiko Sugiki
Oxford University Press

The chapter examines several important early Buddhist tantric texts in this study. The chapter focuses on what it calls the “psychosomatic fire-oblation,” which is an internalized means of performing the ritual within the practitioner’s body. This employs the system of esoteric physiology (cakras, winds, and channels) that provided a basis for much of tantric and yogic practice. As a consequence of this close study of several early medieval Buddhist tantras, the chapter is able to establish a chronological sequence of the texts. This sequence corresponds to a trajectory from the actual performance of sexual rites to symbolized forms. The latter, internalized practices involve a psychophysiological symbolism of fire burning up the obscurations (kleśas).

Keywords:   internalization, sexual rites, symbolism, subtle body, yoga, esoteric physiology

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