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A Tantric Understanding of Human Potential: The Bodies of a Buddha, The Path of Attainment, and Their Relevance to Tibetan Self-Immolation

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dc.contributor.advisor Lair, Meredith
dc.contributor.author Eskridge, Mark David
dc.creator Eskridge, Mark David
dc.date 2019-07-29
dc.date.accessioned 2019-09-12T19:52:40Z
dc.date.available 2019-09-12T19:52:40Z
dc.identifier.uri https://hdl.handle.net/1920/11598
dc.description.abstract This thesis examines the tragedy of Tibetan self-immolation through the perspective of Tantric Buddhism’s understanding of human potential. Such a perspective includes three topics that formulate the individual chapters in this work. They are (1) the result of the tantric path in the form of the bodies of a buddha. (2) The basis of purification in the form of the human body’s mental and physical properties, which tantric aspirants manipulate to produce an enlightened mind and body, and (3) the path—or the specific sequence of yogas—that culminates in the attainment of complete buddhahood. Altogether, these topics emphasize the profound potential of human life, and its ability to generate an altruistic, eternal, and god-like embodiment of enlightenment. Thus, this thesis argues that—when understood from the viewpoint of tantra—the sacrifice of self-immolation has a deeper and more significant meaning than it initially appears.
dc.language.iso en en_US
dc.subject self-immolation en_US
dc.subject Tibetan en_US
dc.subject Buddhism en_US
dc.subject Tibet en_US
dc.subject Tantra en_US
dc.subject Vajrayana en_US
dc.title A Tantric Understanding of Human Potential: The Bodies of a Buddha, The Path of Attainment, and Their Relevance to Tibetan Self-Immolation en_US
dc.type Thesis en_US
thesis.degree.name Master of Arts in Interdisciplinary Studies en_US
thesis.degree.level Master's en_US
thesis.degree.discipline Interdisciplinary Studies en_US
thesis.degree.grantor George Mason University en_US


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