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Tantric Communities in Context
Sacred Secrets and Public Rituals

Time: February 5–7, 2015
Venue: Institute for the Cultural and Intellectual History of Asia (IKGA)
Apostelgasse 23, 1030 Vienna
Organisation: Vincent Eltschinger, Nina Mirnig, Marion Rastelli
Cooperation: VISCOM

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Programme

Thursday, 5th February

9:30–9:40
Welcoming
Vincent Eltschinger, Institute for the Cultural and Intellectual History of Asia, Vienna, Austria
9:40–10:00
A short introduction to the “Visions of Community” project
Maria-Christina Lutter, University of Vienna, Austria
10:00–10:45
Keynote address: How public was the Śaiva Mantramārga?
Alexis Sanderson, University of Oxford, United Kingdom

Coffee

11:15–11:45
From ear to ear, from mouth to mouth: Glimpses of Indian Buddhist Tantric transmission
Harunaga Isaacson, University of Hamburg, Germany
11:45–12:15
The King of Tantras as Obtained from the Sweat of the Goddess
Péter-Dániel Szántó, University of Oxford, United Kingdom
12:15–12:45
Sahajavajra's integration of Tantra into mainstream Buddhism: An analysis of his Tattvadaśakaṭīkā and Sthitisamuccaya
Klaus-Dieter Mathes, University of Vienna, Austria

Lunch

14:00–14:30
Gya-gar Paṇḍita and Mi-nyag King: Indian-Tangut relations between the 11th and 13th centuries
Haoran Hou, Leipzig University, Germany
14:30–15:00
On the recipient of the Buddhist Tantric funeral rite
Ryugen Tanemura, Taisho University, Tokyo, Japan
15:00–15:30
Quotations or re-quotations: Scholarly activities in the Buddhist monasteries
Kenichi Kuranishi, Taisho University, Tokyo, Japan

Coffee

16:00–16:30
Further Mahāpratisarā fragments from Gilgit and aspects of the social settings of dhāraṇī literature
Gergely Hidas, British Museum, London, United Kingdom
16:30–17:00
Aspects of the cult of the book in the Śaiva and Vaiṣṇava Tantric traditions
Florinda De Simini, University of Naples “L'Orientale”, Italy

Friday, 6th February

9:30–10:00
Inclusivism revisited: The worship of other gods in the Śivadharma, the Skandapurāṇa and the Niśvāsamukha
Peter Bisschop, Leiden University, The Netherlands
10:00–10:30
Conversion, theft, and culture: On some potential explanations for scriptural flows and interactions between Tantric communities
Paul Gerstmayr, University of Oxford, United Kingdom
10:30–11:00
The Self as a community
Somdev Vasudeva, Kyoto University, Japan

Coffee

11:30–12:00
Whose dharma? Śākta Tantric community rules (samayas) and dharmaśāstric prescriptions
Judit Törzsök, Charles-de-Gaulle University - Lille III, France
12:00–12:30
The bhasmāṅkura, the offspring of a Śaiva ascetic and a Śūdra prostitute
Csaba Kiss, Eötvös Loránd University, Budapest, Hungary

Lunch

14:00–14:30
Representations of women in the Brahmayāmala
Shaman Hatley, Concordia University, Montreal, Canada
14:30–15:00
Mātṛtantra texts of South India with special reference to the worship of Rurujit in Kerala and to three different communities associated with this worship
S.A.S. Sarma, École Française d’Extrême-Orient, Pondicherry, France
15:00–15:30
A note on damanotsava (a spring rite of reparation) and on the twelfthcentury Saiddhāntika ritual manual called the Jñānaratnāvalī
Dominic Goodall, École Française d’Extrême-Orient, Paris, France

Coffee

16:00–16:30
An ideal rule by an initiated Śaiva king described in a Kashmirian courtly poem
Yuko Yokochi, Kyoto University, Japan
16:30–17:00
Aśvaghoṣa's and Bāṇa's literary representations of Śaiva hermits
Christian Ferstl, University of Vienna, Austria

Saturday, 7th February

10:00–10:30
Power, protection and politics: Hanumān worship in the late Malla period
Gudrun Bühnemann, University of Wisconsin-Madison, U.S.A.
10:30–11:00
The Tantric initiation of a Digambara monk
Ellen Gough, Yale University, New Haven, U.S.A.

Coffee

11:30–12:00
Narratives as a medium for appealing to the royal court: A look into the Ahirbudhnyasaṃhitā
Marion Rastelli, Institute for the Cultural and Intellectual History of Asia, Vienna, Austria
12:00–12:30
Rhetoric of a military cult: The case of the Ahirbudhnyasaṃhitā
Francesco Bianchini, University of Vienna, Austria
12:30–13:00
How to become an Ekāyana
Robert Leach, University of Zurich, Switzerland
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