Tantric Buddhism and Altered States of Consciousness: Durkheim, Emotional Energy and Visions of the Consort

1st Edition

Louise Child

Routledge
Published September 9, 2016
Reference - 206 Pages
ISBN 9781138270404 - CAT# Y314973
Series: Routledge New Critical Thinking in Religion, Theology and Biblical Studies

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Summary

This book explores the role of altered states of consciousness in the communication of social and emotional energies, both on a societal level and between individual persons. Drawing from an original reading of Durkheimian social theorists (including Mauss, Hertz, and Hubert) and Jungian psychology, Louise Child applies this analysis to tantric Buddhist ritual and biographical material. She suggests ways in which dreams and visionary experiences (including those related to the 'subtle body') play an important and previously under-explored role in tantric understandings of the consort relationship.

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