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Sūtra-style Consecration in Tibet and its Importance for Understanding the Historical Development of the Indo-Tibetan Consecration Ritual for Sūtra and Images
Tibetan studies: Proceedings of the 5th Seminar of the International Association of Tibetan Studies, Narita 1989
Format: Conference Paper
Publication Date: 199200/1992
Publisher: Naritasan Shinshoji
Place of Publication: Narita, Narita-shi, Chiba-ken
Pages: 1-12
Sources ID: 123203
Visibility: Public (group default)
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This article discusses the consecration ritual (rab gnas cho ga) of Tibetan Buddhism in which images, stūpas (mchod rten), and other objects are ritually transformed into objects of worship. Consecration is generally considered a tantric ritual, but here the author traces the history of consecrations that belong to sūtra. She notes that elements of these sūtra-style consecrations are still to be seen in the tantric form of the ritual, which is actually a composite ritual. (Ben Deitle 2006-02-23)

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International Association of Tibetan Studies