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Title: Transmission in the Mind Series : origins and history of the Mind Series manuals on meditation
Author: Biondo, Serena
ISNI:       0000 0004 7431 2365
Awarding Body: SOAS University of London
Current Institution: SOAS, University of London
Date of Award: 2016
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This thesis focuses on three texts of meditation practice that belong to the Mind Series (Sems sde) subdivision of the Great Perfection (Rdzogs chen) school of Tibetan Buddhism. The 'Rnying ma bka' ma' collections and Kong sprul's 'Gdams ngag mdzod' propose this group of texts as representative of the methods ('lugs') of meditation of the Rdzogs chen Sems sde. This thesis aims to trace the specific history of each of these three texts and to determine their role in the wider context of the Mind Series tradition. In order to accomplish this, the three chapters examine textual references to these methods and compare them with the information provided in the texts themselves. Here, the analysis of the lineages of transmission assumes an important role in unfolding the narrative in which these methods were embedded, a narrative that is sometimes historical and sometimes constructed (and more frequently a mix of the two). Moreover, the study of the lineages has a twofold effect: it clarifies the identities of the authors of these methods which have up to now remained in a state of uncertainty and confusion in Western literature; and it justifies the choice of these three texts as prototypes of the 'Rdzogs chen bka' ma sems sde'.
Supervisor: Not available Sponsor: Not available
Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral