The Tantric Ritual of Japan: Feeding the Gods: The Shingon Fire Ritual
Payne, Richard Karl
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Book ID : 17519
ISBN-10 : 81-85179-76-X / 818517976X
ISBN-13 : 978-81-85179-76-6 / 9788185179766
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Edition : (Reprint)
Language : English
350p., 8p. of Col. Plts., 28 cm. (Reprint of 1991 edition) (Satapitaka Series No. 365)
CONTENTS:- Preface. I. Introduction. II. History of the Shingon tradition: 1. Traditional history: lineage of the patriarchs. 2. Origin and transmission of Buddhist tantra. 3. Indian origins. 4. Transmission to China. 5. Transmission to Japan. 6. Shingon in Japan. III. History of the Goma ritual: 1. Agni, The Vedic fire god. 2. Indo-European parallels to Agni. 3. Vedic fire rituals. 4. Between Vedas and China. 5. The Goma in Japan. IV. Ritual use of fire in Japan: 1. Japanese fire rituals. 2. The Shugendo Saito Goma. 3. Saito Gomas in Agon-shu. 4. Shinto fire rituals. 5. The howling Goma. 6. The variety of Tantric Buddhist Gomas. V. Rituals of the Shido Kegyo: 1. The two mandalas. 2. The four rituals. 3. Schedule of training. 4. Function of the Goma in training. 5. The nature of the practitioner. 6. The path along which the practitioner advances. 7. The relation of the practitioner to others. 8. The nature of the world. 9. The nature of the goal. VI. Setting, implements and materials. VII. Basic structure of the Shido Kegyo rituals. VIII. Ritual directions for the Santika Homa. IX. Analytic description of the Fudo Myoo Soku Sai Goma. X. Conclusions: 1. Hubert and mauss. 2. Turner and douglas. 3. Ritual systems and social systems. 4. Staal. 5. Kirk and fontenrose. Appendix: 1. Descriptive structural analysis of the Juhachi do ritual. 2. Descriptive structural analysis of the Kongo Kai ritual. 3. Descriptive structural analysis of the Taizo Kai ritual. 4. Descriptive structural analysis of the Fudo Myoo Soku Sai Goma Ritual. 5. Sanskrit equivalents of the Mantras. 6. Siddham script of the Bija Mantras and the Aksara Cakra diagram. 7. Illustrations. Bibliography. Index.
The first book to describe in details the fire rites of Japanese Tantrism, called in Japanese goma, from Sanskrit homa. The Shingon goma is a living contemporary ritual whose origins go back to Vedic India and to Indo-European antiquity. In the introduction, the author Dr. Richard Payne discusses ritual and religion, both in the western and Asian contexts. A brief history of Shingon in Japan, from its origins in India and transmission to China provide a historic background to the goma rites. The role of Kukai in the introduction and propagation of Shingon in the religious life of Japan, as basic to Japanese culture, is discussed.