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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

Chapter:
(p.167) Oblation, Non-conception, and Body
Source:
Homa Variations
Author(s):
Tsunehiko Sugiki
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199351572.003.0006

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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