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Tantric threads between India and China

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A significant criterion of Tantric Buddhist praxis is the appropriation of ritual performance and language in respect of state formation, crisis of social order, and state protection, employing distinct expressions of what may be reservedly categorised as apotropaic ritualism. Tantric Buddhism, whether based on monastic order or non-institutional siddha practice, appears to be the most techne oriented, decidedly &t;technocratic&t; form of Buddhism. The importance attached to accomplishment by way of skill in means qualifies Tantric Buddhism as techne-oriented instrumentalism. Principally, the Buddhist formation called secret teachings" is a hybrid belief in (religious) technology". The technological appeal in conjunction with the demands of the ruling and military class for a sacral confirmation of social order and governmental authority sustained their spread not only in India but also in China, Korea and Japan.

Keywords: Buddhism; China; India; monastic order; secret teachings; Tantric Threads; technocratic form



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