Mahāmudrā in India and Tibet


Mahāmudrā in India and Tibet presents cutting-edge research by European and North American scholars on the Indian origins and Tibetan interpretations of one of the most popular and influential of all Tibetan meditation traditions, Mahāmudrā, or the great seal. The contributions shed fresh light on important areas of Mahāmudrā studies, exploring the Great Seal’s place in the Mahāyāna Samādhirājasūtra, the Indian tantric Seven Siddhi Texts, Dunhuang Yogatantra texts, Mar pa’s Rngog lineage, and the Dgongs gcig literature of the ’Bri gung, as well as in the works of Yu mo Mi bskyod rdo rje, the Fourth Zhwa dmar pa Chos grags ye shes, the Eighth Karma pa Mi-bskyod rdo rje, and various Dge lugs masters of the 17th–18th centuries.
Contributors are: Jacob Dalton, Martina Draszczyk, Cecile Ducher, David Higgins, Roger R. Jackson, Casey Kemp, Adam Krug, Klaus-Dieter Mathes, Jan-Ulrich Sobisch, and Paul Thomas.

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Biographical Note

Roger R. Jackson, Ph.D. (1983), University of Wisconsin-Madison, is John W. Nason Professor of Asian Studies and Religion, Emeritus, at Carleton College, Northfield, Minnesota. He has published widely on various topics in Indic and Tibetan Buddhism. His publications include Tantric Treasures (Oxford, 2004), Mahāmudrā and the Bka’ brgyud Tradition (IITBS, 2011), Mind Seeing Mind (Wisdom, 2019).

Klaus-Dieter Mathes, Ph.D. (1994), Marburg University, is University Professor and Head of the Department of South Asian, Tibetan and Buddhist Studies at the University of Vienna. His publications include A Direct Path to the Buddha Within (Wisdom, 2008) and A Fine Blend of Mahāmudrā and Madhyamaka (Austrian Academy of Sciences Press, 2015).


Scholars involved in historical and philosophical studies of later Indian Buddhism and its reception by Tibetan thinkers; also, anyone engaged in Mahāmudrā meditation and interested in the issues it raises.

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