Consecration of Images and Stupas in Indo-Tibetan Tantric by Yael Bentor

By Yael Bentor

This research of the Indo-Tibetan ritual for consecrating photos, "stupas", books and temples is predicated on an exam of appropriate Tibetan textual fabric contained in Tantras, commentaries, ritual manuals and explanatory works on consecration.

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Is not tainted by the impurities of others. , later, because of a different perspective are held as superior. , were said to be held only from worldly perspective. yu-sa sogs dman-pa daE!. \' shyallg-hya yill lal cho-ga dang rdzas danf!. aRs phyag-rgya'i fing-'dzin-l'IIams de'i sbyong-byed yinpas gang-wI? ~ grub-pas-so/ p. 2-6. -ha'i yul de yang/ de nas bzung-Sli! -tu 'dzin-pa mlhong-ba'i phyir-ro/ der rna-wel shyang khrus sogs rah-gnas-kyi rnam-gzhag thams-cad 'jig-rfen-pa'i blo 'Ia ltos nas gsungs-pa kho-nu-stel pp.

The answer is that in any case the object in both manners of conferring [initiations] is not an ordinary one. In both cases [the initiation] is conferred only after visualizing [the disciple or the receptacle] as a Iha. Therefore, [the fact that in the consecration the Iha] is a Iha does not make a difference. 76 Also when initiation is conferred on disciples who have just embarked on the tantric practice, the actual recipient of the initiation is a lha. This is the result of the fact that the procedures of the initiation includes, prior to its actual conferral, the transformation of the disciples by the guru into the lha of the mandala into which they will be initiated.

Lha-mo sgyu-'phrul lhums zhugs-ltar! de-bzhin gzugs-brnyan-' dir bzhugs {zhugs]-shigl Consecration Tantra, Toh. 486, pp. 1; the Sarrzvarodaya Tantra, Toh. 873, p. 2, has a similar but not identical verse. 20 INTRODucnON May these receptacles consecrated by me, the vc~ira holder, having become receptacles of worship and loci of prostration for all beings, actually perform the actions of the emanation body of the Buddha. 53 In another place the same author explains: When we erect a reflection of the emanation body, a representation of the actual Buddha, for the benefit of those of lesser fortune who are not trainees (~dul-hya) of the actual Buddha, enliglllened actions (phrinlas) which are no differcnt from those of the actual Buddha occur ...

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