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Indian Esoteric Buddhism: A Social History of the Tantric Movement

 
 
 
 
Indian Esoteric Buddhism: A Social History of the Tantric Movement
Author: Ronald M. Davidson
ISBN 13: 9780231126199
ISBN 10: 231126190
Edition: 1st
Publisher: Columbia University Press
Publication Date: 2003-01-15
Format: Paperback
Pages: 400
List Price: $35.00
 
 

This groundbreaking work describes the historical origins of the Tantric movement in early medieval India. Drawing on primary documents — translated into English for the first time from Sanskrit, Prakrit, and Bengali — Davidson shows how changes in medieval Indian society, including economic and patronage crises, a decline in women's participation, and the formation of large monastic orders, led to the rise of the esoteric tradition in India that became the model for Buddhist cultures in China, Tibet, and Japan.