chapter  10
18 Pages

Tantric Ritual and Symbolism of its Attainments

Ritual in the Buddhist Tantras somehow always revolves about the "three ;nysteries of the Buddha"-his Body, Speech, and Mind, and how the tantric performer correlates his own body, speech, and mind with those "mysteries" or secrets. That will be my first concern. Then I shall turn to various topics of the Anuttarayoga Tantra, a note on mundane occult attainments (siddhi), the "five ambrosias" of the Stage of Generation, finally the three ritual observances ( vrata) and other matters of the Stage of Completion. The "three mysteries of the Buddha" are the life of all these discussions.