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The Legend Of Vairocana

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rDzogs chen is considered to have been introduced into Tibet by Vairocana in the eighth century from India. Vairocana’s activities, however, are not confined to religion only, if we are to believe the Tibetan tradition. A general hagiographical account and the story of his journey to India are to be found in Vairo ’dra ’bag, but it is a work of which some parts go back only to the thirteenth century and other parts are of much later origin. It presents itself in the main as an historical account of the diffusion of rDzogs chen in different countries notwithstanding its title. As it is the only text which gives a fairly detailed narration of the legends of Vairocana, this chapter gives a summary particularly of the chapters concerned with the life story of Vairocana and his translation activities and discusses other documents which have a connexion with him.

Keywords: rDzogs chen; Tibet; translation activities; Vairo ’dra ’bag; Vairocana



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