Cookies Policy
X

This site uses cookies. By continuing to browse the site you are agreeing to our use of cookies.

I accept this policy

Find out more here

Esoteric Buddhism And Magic In China

Brill’s MyBook program is exclusively available on BrillOnline Books and Journals. Students and scholars affiliated with an institution that has purchased a Brill E-Book on the BrillOnline platform automatically have access to the MyBook option for the title(s) acquired by the Library. Brill MyBook is a print-on-demand paperback copy which is sold at a favorably uniform low price.

Access this chapter

+ Tax (if applicable)

Chapter Summary

Displays of magic have played important roles in Esoteric Buddhism in China and East Asia. This chapter explores the role of magic in Esoteric Buddhism as well as relationships and distinctions between miracles caused by the practice of magic and spiritual attainment as such, provided such distinctions may be observed to prevail. Although magic was present in the Buddhist religion from early on, the Buddha, at least in the early tradition, is often depicted as opposing its use and the use of spells. In the Esoteric Buddhist tradition the science of language was most fully unfolded in the performative and ritual uses of the Sanskrit language in the form of spells and mantras. In Esoteric Buddhism the performative aspect is especially important. Ritual success through a rite based on belief in magic and wonderworking is considered on a par with doctrinal mastery, skill in meditation, and moral purity.

Keywords: China; esoteric Buddhism

10.1163/ej.9789004184916.i-1200.68
/content/books/10.1163/ej.9789004184916.i-1200.68
dcterms_subject,pub_keyword
6
3
Loading

Sign-in

Can't access your account?
  • Tools

  • Add to Favorites
  • Printable version
  • Email this page
  • Recommend to your library

    You must fill out fields marked with: *

    Librarian details
    Your details
    Why are you recommending this title?
    Select reason:
     
    Esoteric Buddhism and the Tantras in East Asia — Recommend this title to your library
  • Export citations
  • Key

  • Full access
  • Open Access
  • Partial/No accessInformation