Buddhist Studies Forum
Péter-Dániel Szántó, All Souls College, University of Oxford

Tantric Buddhist Communities and Seeking Patronage at Medieval Indian Courts

Abstract

The talk will have roughly two parts. In the first, I would like to share some thoughts backed by evidence about how mediaeval Indian tantric communities were organized socially and economically. In the second, I will present some passages dealing with tantric Buddhist gurus' various strategies for dealing with royal punishment and patronage. Most of the material I will present is unpublished or in need of serious revisiting; some knowledge of Sanskrit and Classical Tibetan will be useful, but not indispensable.

Cosponsored by the Asia Center, Fairbank Center, Reischauer Institute, Committee on the Study of Religion, Department of South Asian Studies, and Divinity School.