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Tantric Traditions in Transmission and Translation$
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David B. Gray and Ryan Richard Overbey

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780199763689

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: April 2016

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199763689.001.0001

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The Tantric Teachings and Rituals of the True Buddha School

The Tantric Teachings and Rituals of the True Buddha School

The Chinese Transformation of Vajrayāna Buddhism

(p.308) 8. The Tantric Teachings and Rituals of the True Buddha School
Tantric Traditions in Transmission and Translation

Tam Wai Lun

Oxford University Press

This chapter aims to explore how the Tantric teaching of a new Buddhist school called the True Buddha School has changed and adapted itself in a Chinese context. The founder of the school, Lu Shengyan (b. 1945), studied with a Chinese Tantric master with a Tibetan name of Thubten Dorge (19212006), who was a disciple of a Tibetan lama in the Gelugpa tradition. He also received empowerments from other Tibetan teachers, including Shakya Zhengkong, a noted lama of the Tibetan Sakya School, H. H. the 16th (Gyalwa) Karmapa (1924–1981), and the 12th Tai Situpa Rinpoche, Pema Donyo Nyinje Wangpo (b. 1954) of the Kagyu Karma School. In addition, Lu studied with Pufang, a Chinese master of the Shingon tradition in Taiwan. As the result of Lu’s wide exposure to Tantric Buddhism, the True Buddha School represents one of the most comprehensive systems of Tantric Buddhist practices.

Keywords:   True Buddha School, Chinese Tantric Buddhism, Lu Shengyan, Tibet, China

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