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1 Lokesh Chandra and Nirmala Sharma
Buddhist Paintings of Tun-Huang in the National Museum, New Delhi
Niyogi Books; New Delhi, India; 2011; 8192091236 / 9788192091235; First Edition; Hardcover; New; New; 

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2 Lokesh Chandra and Nirmala Sharma
Nispanna-Yogavali: Sanskrit and Tibetan Texts with English Translation
International Academy of Indian Culture and Aditya Prakashan; New Delhi, India; 2015; 8177421425 / 9788177421422; First Edition; Hardcover; New; New; 
Printed Pages: 317 with numerous b/w illustrations. 038822

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3 Lokesh Chandra & Nirmala Sharma
Nispanna-Yogavali: Sanskrit and Tibetan Texts with English Translation (Satapitaka Series: 647)
Aditya Prakashan; New Delhi, India; 2015; 8177421425 / 9788177421422; First Edition; Hardcover; New; New; 
The Nispannayogavali (NSP) has been a major source for the identification and symbolism of the mandalas for the last sixty years. It was written by Abhayakaragupta who headed the great Vikramasila monastery. Born as the son of the King of Singala, he was ordained in the Sarvastivada tradition, and studied the Tantras at Nalanda and Vikramasila. Vajrayogini appeared to him and said: write an extensive ritual of mandalas. He authored a trilogy of texts on the mandalas. Among them the NSP elaborates the emanation (utpanna-krama) of the deities of 26 mandalas, details their attributes, mantras and bijas for meditation. It specifies the sanctified space in which a mandala is visualised, beginning with the complete sanctified area (vajra-panjara) to the vajra-rampart, protective circle, Mount Sumeru, the trigon and the pavilion in which the mandala emanates. The complete Sanskrit text has been corrected with the help of a Nepalese manuscript of 1200 AC, compared with the Tibetan text and translated into English for the first time. The Sanskrit text, its meticulous Tibetan rendering and English translation fill a long-felt need ever since B. Bhattacharyya's casual edition of the Sanskrit version appeared in 1949. It is a must for the history of Buddhist art, the living tradition of meditation on mandalas, and philosophy of Esoteric Buddhism. The Sanskrit text in Devanagari is followed by the Tibetan version in Tibetan script to facilitate a comparative study. The English translation grants access to the wider circle of art historians. Printed Pages: 304 with 1 colour Plate. 100011

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4 Ryujun Tajima; Engloish version from the French By Lokesh Chandra and Nirmala Sharma
Twin Mandalas of Vairocana in Japanese Iconography
Aditya Prakashan; New Delhi, India; 2012; 978817721163; First Edition; Hardcover; New; New; 
Printed Pages: 294 with numerous colour and b/w illustrations. 036988

Price: 84.25 USD
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5 Ryujun Tajima, Lokesh Chandra & Nirmala Sharma
Twin Mandalas of Vairocana in Japanese Iconography (Satapitaka Series: 635)
Aditya Prakashan; New Delhi, India; 2012; 8177421166 / 9788177421163; First Edition; Hardcover; New; New; 
A fundamental work for the philosophic and artistic understanding of the theory and graphic representation of the mandalas in general and especially in the Shingon tradition of Japan. Details the philosophy, patriarchs and sacred canon of Mantrayana, its ulterior development into two branches in Japan, the nature and different kinds of mandalas, as well as their classification and essential principles. The twin mandalas of Vairocana based on the Mahavairocana-sutra and the Sarva-tathagata-tattva-sangraha are detailed in all aspects: their basic ideas, their interrelationship and differences in character, their configuration and symbolism. The iconography of all the deities is given at length from the root text, from the Hizoki of Kobo Daishi, and from the graphic representation ;which is the prime theme of the work. The work ends with the doctrine of Shingon (Mantrayana), its differences from exoteric or 'popular' Buddhism, the three universals, the triple mystery, the four kinds of dharmakayas, the stupa of five circles, the five knowledges, the three degrees of Tantric abhiŻeka (empowerment), bodhicitta and so on. It is a sine qua non for the comprehension of the history, iconography and aesthetics of mandalas with their inexhaustible Olympus of divine beings symbolising the mystic experience in the plenitude of ecstasis.;Contents: Prologue by Lokesh Chandra and Nirmala Sharma; Foreword by Louis Renou; Preface; Different types of Twin Mandalas: Mahakarunagarbha and Vajradhatu; Abbreviations;I. Introduction: 1.The antecedents of Esoteric Buddhism; 2. Shingon esoterism; 3. The Mahavairocana-sutra and its place in the esoteric scriptures; 4. The plan of the Mahavairocana-sutra; 5. The essential ideas of the Mahavairocana-sutra; 6. The Mahavairocana-sutra in Europe; 7. ;Shingon and its canon; 8. The two great mandalas; 9. The traditions regarding the patriarchs of Shingon; 10.The subsequent developments of the Shingon sect: its two branches: the Kogi and the Shingi;II. General introduction to the study of mandalas: 1. Meaning of the word `mandala'; 2. Nature and purpose of the mandala; 3. The different types of mandalas; 4. Classification of mandalas; 5. Mandalas done on the floor; 6. Essential principles that are the basis of the Mahakarunagarbha and the Vajradhatu mandalas; 7. Correspondences between the Mahakarunagarbha and the Vajradhatu mandalas; 8. Differences of character between the two mandalas;III. Mahakarunagarbha-mandala: 1. Significance of the Mahakarunagarbha-mandala; 2. Rules given by the Mahavairocana-sutra for the execution of the Mahakarunagarbha-mandala; 3. The system of the Mahakarunagarbha-mandala; 4. The central quarter of the eight-petalled lotus and its symbols; 5. The doctrinal meaning of the five buddhas and of the four bodhisattvas sitting in the central lotus; 6(1). The central quarter of the eight-petalled lotus and its relation to other quarters; 6(2). The quarter of Universal Knowledge; 6(3). The quarter of Vidyadharas; 6(4). The quarter of Avalokitesvara; 6(5). The quarter of Vajrapani; 6(6). The quarter of Sakyamuni; 6(7). The quarter of Manjusri; 6(8). The quarter of Ksitigarbha; 6(9). The quarter of Sarvanivaranaviskambhin; 6(10). The quarter of Akasagarbha; 6(11). The quarter of Susiddhi; 6(12). The outer quarter of vajras;IV. Vajradhatu-mandala: 1. The principle of the nine mandalas of Vajradhatu; 2. The term Vajradhatu; 3. Bases of drawing the Vajradhatu-mandala; 4. The meaning of Vajradhatu-mahamandala or Jojin-ne; 5. Disposition of the Vajradhatu-mahamandala; 6. The thirty-seven divinities: their names and placement; 7. Raison d'etre of the thirty-seven divinities; 8. Brief description of the thirty-seven divinities; 9. Brief description of the other divinities and their symbols; 10. Very brief description of the eight accessory mandalas of the Vajradhatu-mandala Mandala no.2: Samaya-mandala; Mandala no.3: Suksma-mandala; Mandala no.4: Puja-mandala; Mandala no.5: Caturmudra-mandala; Mandala no.6: Ekamudra-mandala; Mandala no.7: Naya-mandala; Mandala no.8: Trailokyavijaya-karma-mandala; Mandala no.9: Trailokyavijaya-samaya-mandala V. The doctrine of Shingon: 1. Critique of Shingon esoterism - A. The `horizontal' critique of popular Buddhism and of esoteric Buddhism; B. A survey of the doctrine of the ten steps of the heart: The `vertical' critique of esoteric Buddhism; 2. Differences between popular Buddhism and esoteric Buddhism by Kakuban; 3. The three universals; 4. The six elements; 5. The four kinds of mandalas; 6. The triple mystery (triguhya); 7. Attaining the state of Buddha in this life; 8. The four kinds of dharmakayas; 9. The five circles and the stupa of five circles; 10. The five buddhas and the five knowledges; 11. The three classes and the five classes - The divinities of the three circles; 12. The heart of bodhi (bodhicitta); 13. The three degrees of the Shingon abhiseka;Appendices: 1. Translation of the `notice on the engraving of the twin mandalas'; 2. Bhaisajyaguru in Japan; Bibliography: 1. Mahavairocana-sutra - Chinese documents, Japanese documents, Tibetan documents; 2. Shingon doctrine Chinese works, Japanese works, Works in French, Mandalas; Index. Printed Pages: 293 with 32 b/w & 77 colour Platea. 100015

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