Studies in Dhāraṇī Literature I: Revisiting the Meaning of the Term Dhāraṇī

@article{Davidson2009StudiesID,
  title={Studies in Dhāraṇī Literature I: Revisiting the Meaning of the Term Dhāraṇī},
  author={R. Davidson},
  journal={Journal of Indian Philosophy},
  year={2009},
  volume={37},
  pages={97-147}
}
  • R. Davidson
  • Published 2009
  • Philosophy
  • Journal of Indian Philosophy
The Mahāyāna Buddhist term dhāraṇī has been understood to be problematic since the mid-nineteenth century, when it was often translated as “magical phrase” or “magical formula” and was considered to be emblematic of tantric Buddhism. The situation improved in contributions by Bernhard, Lamotte and Braarvig, and the latter two suggested the translation be “memory,” but this remained difficult in many environments. This paper argues that dhāraṇī is a function term denoting “codes/coding,” so that… Expand
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