Feasting with a Maṇḍala
26 October 2022 - Yi Allan Ding (Chicago, IL)
Feasting with a Maṇḍala: Gaṇacakra-Related Texts from Dunhuang and Their Significance
public online lecture at the BuddhistRoad project, CERES, Ruhr-Universität Bochum
After the collapse of the Tibetan Empire in the mid-ninth century, transgressive tantric elements started to be absorbed into Tibetan Buddhism and rapidly spread in Tibetan-speaking areas. As a result, the Dunhuang corpus features a unique set of tenth-century gaṇacakra-related rituals texts that reveals the importance of the Sarvabuddhasamāyoga and the existence of Tibetan adaptation. This talk explains the early forms of the Tibetan gaṇacakra in these ritual texts and the ritual logic of the gaṇacakra as a communal liturgy. These Dunhuang texts also shed light on the gaṇacakra-related Nyingma texts preserved in the Peking Tengyur.