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Chinese Esoteric Buddhism
Esoteric Buddhism
refers to traditions of Tantra
and Esoteric Buddhism
that have flourished among the Chinese people. The Tantric masters Śubhakarasiṃha, Vajrabodhi
and Amoghavajra, established the Esoteric Buddhist Zhenyan (真言, "true word", "mantra") tradition in Tang dynasty
Tang dynasty
China from AD 716 to 720 during the reign of emperor Tang Xuanzong. It employed mandalas, mantras, mudrās, abhiseka, and meditative visualizations of deities. The Zhenyan tradition was transported to Japan
as Shingon
by Kukai
as well as influencing Korean Buddhism. The Song dynasty
Song dynasty
(960–1279) saw a second diffusion of Esoteric texts. Esoteric Buddhist practices continued to have an influence into the late imperial period and Tibetan Buddhism
Tibetan Buddhism
was also influential during the Yuan dynasty
Yuan dynasty
period and beyond. In Chinese these traditions are also termed Mìjiao (Esoteric Teaching), Mìzōng ("Esoteric Tradition") or Tángmì ("Tang Esoterica").


1 Terminology 2 History

2.1 Tang Dynasty

2.1.1 Influence 2.1.2 Spread outside China

2.2 Song era 2.3 Yuan dynasty
Yuan dynasty
Vajrayana 2.4 Ming and Qing dynasties 2.5 Modern era

2.5.1 Tibetan Buddhism 2.5.2 Tangmi

3 Common practices 4 Deities 5 Texts 6 See also 7 Notes

7.1 Bibliography

8 External links

Terminology[edit] In China and countries with large Chinese populations such as Taiwan, Malaysia
and Singapore, Chinese Esoteric Buddhism
Esoteric Buddhism
is commonly referred to as Tángmì (唐密 – "Tang Dynasty Esoterica"), or Hànchuán Mìzōng (漢傳密宗 – "Han Chinese Transmission of the Esoteric Tradition"), sometimes abbreviated as Hànmì (漢密 – "Han Mysteries"). It's manifestation through subsequent Japanese transmission is sometimes referred as Dōngmì (東密) "Eastern Esotericism", meaning the succession of Tang Esoterica in Japan
(east of China) transmitted by the Japanese monk Kūkai. During the Tang dynasty
Tang dynasty
the actual term widely used to refer to these teachings by Tantric masters was “mantra teaching” (zhenyan jiao 真言教) and "path of mantras" (Zhenyan sheng 真言乘, Mantrayana).[1] Chinese tantric masters like Vajrabodhi
and Amoghavajra
also used the term Vajrayana
(Jin’gangsheng 金剛乘).[2] In a more general sense, the Chinese term Mìzōng (密宗) "Esoteric Tradition" and Mìjiao (密教, "Esoteric Teaching") are popular Chinese terms used when referring to any form of Esoteric Buddhism. History[edit] According to scholars such as Henrik Sørensen, Esoteric Buddhism emerged in India out of Mahayana
Buddhist ritual and magical practices.[3] Esoteric teachings followed the Silk Road
Silk Road
and the Southeast Asian Maritime trade routes into China, linking Chinese Buddhism
with Indian, South Asian and Indonesian Esoteric Buddhism. The use of mantras and dhāraṇīs dates at least to the 2nd century.[4] Tantric materials with mantras and dharanis begin to appear in China during the fifth century.[5] Early Chinese Buddhists include the like of Zhu Lüyan who translated the first text containing dhāraṇīs, the Modengqie jing (T.D. no. 1300). Others such as Fotudeng
(d. 348) served Chinese emperors with mantras and rituals. The use of mandalas (mantuoluo 曼陀羅) in China as goes back to the sixth century.[6] While these elements were present, it is with the rise of esoteric Buddhism
during the Tang dynasty
Tang dynasty
that a full ritual system arose.[7] Tang Dynasty[edit]

Portrait of Amoghavajra, 14 century, National Museum, Tokyo.

The Tang dynasty
Tang dynasty
saw the growth to prominence of Chinese Tantric Buddhism.[8] Early Tang translators such as Atikūta, Bodhiruci, Yijing, and Manicintana worked on esoteric texts promoting mantras and dharanis such as the Tuoluoni ji jing 陀羅尼集經 or Collection of Coded Instructions (Dhāraṇīsaṃgraha sūtra, T. 901).[9] During the eighth century, three great masters (acaryas) came from India to China: Śubhakarasiṃha
(637–735), Vajrabodhi
(671–741) and Amoghavajra
(705–774). These three masters brought the esoteric teachings to their height of popularity in China.[10] Major tantric texts introduced by these masters included the Mahavairocana
Tantra and the Vajrasekhara Sutra, as well as numerous commentaries and ritual manuals.[11]

Buddhist temples at Mount Wutai.

Charles D. Orzech outlines the growth of this tradition as follows:

We first see the translation of a variety of texts representative of the growing interest in mantra and dhāraṇī. Many of these texts promote a particular dhāraṇī, ritual, and deity. Second, we see the advent of texts representing distinct and comprehensive systems that are meant to codify the swelling tide of mantric texts, deities, and techniques. Full entry into these systems was accessed only through abhiseka, effecting the ritual transformation of a disciple into a cosmic overlord. Third, these overarching systems were given what amounts to imperial imprimatur during the twenty year period from the 760s into the 780s. During this period, particularly during the period of Daizong’s 代宗 (r. 762–779) support of Amoghavajra (Bukong jin’gang 不空金剛 704–774), significant religious and institutional infrastructure was put in place, including imperially sanctioned altars for abhiseka ̣ in certain monasteries and imperial palaces for the performance of rituals to benefit the state; construction projects, including the renovation of Jin’ge Monastery 金 閣寺 on Mount Wutai
Mount Wutai
五台山; and the installation of Mañjuśrī
as the patron in official government monasteries.[12]

According to Geoffrey C. Goble, Amoghavajra
was the most influential of these and is to be considered as the true founder of the Zhenyan or mantra tradition (真言). He translated the largest number of texts (second only to Xuanzang), performed rituals for the royal family, taught disciples from Japan
and Korea and was the first to be bestowed Tang imperial titles.[13][14] Goble also argues that the reason that Tantric Buddhism
became popular in this period lies in the similarity between their Buddhist rituals and pre-existing Tang state rites which were supposed to support the emperor by granting political stability and imperial longevity.[15] There is less information about the Tantric Buddhists that came after Amoghavajra, like his descendants Huilang and Huiguo. Prajña (Boruo 般若; 744–ca. 810) was one of the last great translators of the Tang, known for his translation of the Gaṇdavyūha sūtra.[16] Despite lacking the strong patronage it enjoyed under Emperor Daizong (r. 762–779), there is evidence that Zhenyan practices and rituals continued to be a key part of Chinese Buddhism
Chinese Buddhism
throughout the ninth century.[17] Even after the Great Anti-Buddhist Persecution
Great Anti-Buddhist Persecution
(845 CE) initiated by Emperor Wuzong of Tang, the Zhenyan tradition continued to transmit and practice the yoga of Mantrayana well into the early Song Dynasty, as shown by the records of Japanese pilgrims.[17] Influence[edit] Due to this new found influence and prestige, esoteric Buddhism strongly influenced the rest of Chinese Buddhism
Chinese Buddhism
during the Tang dynasty. This prestige also drew East Asian pilgrims to esoteric centers such as Qinglong 青龍寺 and Xingshan 興善寺.[18] The Mantrayana tradition also influenced other Chinese Buddhist schools like Tiantai, Chan and Pure Land, through the adoption of mantras, dharanis, ritual forms as well as the construction of altars.[19] This prestige also influenced the popularization of esoteric deities such as various forms of Avalokiteśvara
and Vajrapāṇi
which became the focus of wider devotion.[20] In Chinese Buddhism
Chinese Buddhism
there was no major distinction between exoteric and esoteric practices and the Northern School of Chan even became known for its esoteric practices of dhāraṇīs and mantras.[21][22] Śubhakarasiṃha's most eminent disciple, Yi Xing, who was an influential Zhenyan figure in his own right, later practiced Chan Buddhism. The followers of the Baotang school of Chan, founded by Baotang Wuzhu also seem to have had a strong affiliation with the Zhenyan tradition.[23] On the other hand, while the Faxiang
school of Xuanzang
and the Tiantai
School of Zhiyi
already included certain esoteric practices and texts before the rise of Tang Mantrayana, the influence of esoteric elements of these schools seems to have grown during the era of Tang esoterica.[24] There is also evidence that esoteric Buddhist practices also influenced developments in Daoism.[25] The growth of esoteric practice in the Tang era is also evident outside the Chinese heartland, such as in Dunhuang, Central Asia, Yunnan
and Nanzhao. Spread outside China[edit] Before the Great Anti-Buddhist Persecution, Master Kūkai
(774–835) from Japan
came to Tang China to learn the complete esoteric teachings expounded by the three Indian masters. Kukai
was taught by the great master Hui-kuo (746–805; Japanese: Keika). It is claimed that he learned the complete teachings in two years before returning to Japan. The transmission to Japan
later became Shingon Buddhism
Shingon Buddhism
(真言宗), which is often referred to in Chinese as Dōngmì (東密), "Eastern Esoterica," because Japan
is east of China geographically. Some said it is so named due to the temple Tō-ji
(東寺, literally Eastern Temple) at Nara, Japan, where Master Kūkai
established the Shingon school of Buddhism. Master Saichō
(767-822) also brought a few esoteric teachings to Japan
that were related to the Japanese lineage of Tiāntái School (天台宗), which are referred to in Chinese as Táimì (台密), "Tái Esoterica", where Tái means the Tái of Tiāntái. Dōngmì and Táimì became the two main systems of Esoteric Buddhism
Esoteric Buddhism
in Japan. Esoteric Buddhism
Esoteric Buddhism
also entered the Korean kingdom of Goryeo (918–1392). Song era[edit] The Zhenyan tradition continued through the end of the Tang into the early Song dynasty
Song dynasty
(960–1279), though in a more limited capacity than under the Tang, as noted by Zanning 贊寧 (919–1001), a Chan Buddhist of the Fayan school who also embraced esoteric teachings, unlike Linji Chan who championed a Chan that was "outside the scriptures".[26] Song emperors did continue to patronize Buddhism
and translations efforts. Esoteric deities like Mahavairocana, Thousand-armed Guanyin
and Mārīcī also continued to be popular as well as the use of spells and dharani. Esoteric Buddhism
Esoteric Buddhism
was also present in the Khitan Liao dynasty
Liao dynasty
and the Tangut Western Xia. The Xia in particular adopted Tibetan Buddhist influences and produced many translations into the Tangut language
Tangut language
and artistic works, many of which have been preserved in the findings at Khara-Khoto. Following the Liao, the Jin dynasty (1115–1234)
Jin dynasty (1115–1234)
saw a continuation of the forms of Buddhism
that existed in the Liao.[27] Yuan dynasty
Yuan dynasty

Mongolian Sita Mahakala
(Gonggor), Erdene Zuu Monastery

had also become the major religion of Tibet and the Tangut Xia by the time of the rise of the Mongol empire
Mongol empire
in the 13th century. As the Tibetans and Tanguts came under the rule of Mongol leaders during the reign of Möngke Khan (1209–1259), they increased their missionary activity in Mongolian lands, eventually converting the leadership and much of the population as well aiding in the translation of Buddhist texts
Buddhist texts
into Mongolian. So it is no surprise that when the Mongols conquered China and began the Yuan dynasty (1271–1368), the Yuan emperors made Tibetan Buddhism
Tibetan Buddhism
the official religion of China, and Tibetan monks or as they were called in China “barbarian monks from the West” (xifan seng 西番僧) were given patronage at the court.[28] Lamas of the Sakya school
Sakya school
like Sakya Pandita and also of the Kagyu
became imperial preceptors of the Mongol Khans. The tantric deity Mahakala
was used in military campaign to protect the armies during their war against China and became the protector deity of the Yuan state. They were granted unprecedented status and privileges such as temple offerings and shrines.[29] The introduction of “the secret teaching of supreme bliss” (tantric sexual practice) caused quite a scandal among Chinese literati.[30] A common perception among some Chinese was that this patronage of lamas caused corrupt forms of tantra to become widespread.[28] When the Mongol Yuan dynasty
Yuan dynasty
was overthrown and the Ming dynasty
Ming dynasty
was established, the Mongol sponsored lamas were expelled from the court and Vajrayana
was denounced by some as not being an orthodox path.[28] It was demonized as a form of sorcery and licentiousness that led to the downfall of the Yuan.[31] However despite these attacks Tibetan Vajrayana
continued to spread in China after the downfall of the Yuan. The rulers of the Ming were also enthusiastic about Tibetan tantric Buddhism.[31] Many translation of Tibetan texts into Chinese were also made during the Yuan and texts associated with Sakya lam bras teachings have been identified as having been disseminated during the Ming (1368–1644) and Qing (1636–1911) periods, and in the Republic of China (1912–1949).[32] Ming and Qing dynasties[edit]

A section of the Manchu edition of the Kangyur

Xumi Fushou Temple, Chengde.

During the Ming dynasty
Ming dynasty
(1368–1644), the emperors such as Emperor Yongle (r. 1402–1424) continued to support and invite Tibetan lamas to court, including the Fifth Karmapa.[33] Tibetan Buddhism
Tibetan Buddhism
thus continued to spread among the elite and the wider populace. The rule of the Yongle emperor also saw the carving of printing blocks for the first printed Kangyur
Tibetan canon known thus far, known as “the Yongle Kanjur.”[34] This was the earliest and one of the most authoritative versions of the Tibetan canon, and it contributed to the further spread of Tibetan Buddhism
Tibetan Buddhism
in China, Tibet and Mongolia.[35] There were also many translations of Tibetan tantric works into Chinese during this period. Another edition of the Tibetan canon was further printed in Beijing
in 1606.[36] During the Xuanzong reign (1398–1435), Tibetan monks were allowed back into the palace and also allowed to live in Beijing. The Zhengde Emperor (r. 1491–1521) was known as a Vajrayana
practitioner and a promoter of Tibetan Buddhism, but his successor Emperor Shizong (r. 1521–1566) was a Daoist who persecuted Buddhists.[37] Among the common populace Tibetan Buddhism
Tibetan Buddhism
seems to have grown in popularity. A profitable business was the selling of Dharma instruments at the capital and one report states that "men and women in the capital filled the street" for Tibetan monks in Beijing.[38] Tibetan-style ceremonies also became fashionable for weddings and funerals of the rich. Many Ming literati and courtiers continued to attack and ridicule the religion as demon worship and sorcery.[39] The Qing dynasty
Qing dynasty
(1636–1912) court promoted the Gelug
school of Tibetan Buddhism, which was the official religion of the Manchu state.[40][41] The fifth Dalai Lama
visited Beijing
during the reign of the Shunzhi Emperor
Shunzhi Emperor
and likewise the sixth Panchen Lama
visited the Qianlong emperor
Qianlong emperor
during his 70th birthday at Chengde
in 1780 showing the importance of Tibetan Buddhism
Tibetan Buddhism
during this era. To mark the occasion, the Qianlong emperor
Qianlong emperor
had the Xumi Fushou Temple
Xumi Fushou Temple
built in Tibetan style and showered the Panchen lama with riches.[42] The Tibetan style Puning Temple
Puning Temple
and Putuo Zongcheng Temple
Putuo Zongcheng Temple
were also built during the reign of Qianglong. The Qianglong emperor was also a promoter of the arts which flourished in his reign, and he was particularly fond of Tibetan thangkas.[43] The wars and rebellions which racked the later Qing saw the weakening of state sponsored esoteric Buddhism. Robert Gimello has observed that in late imperial China esoteric dharani practices continued and esoteric practices associated with Cundī were extremely popular among both the populace and the elite.[44] Modern era[edit]

(能海剌麻, 1886–1967)

Tibetan Buddhism[edit] The Chinese during the Republican period believed that esoteric Buddhism
had become weakened after the Tang and thus sought to revitalize it by returning to either Tibet or Japan
to revitalize Chinese tantric Buddhism.[45] During this period, Tibetans traveled to China to teach, and Chinese monks traveled to Tibet to study, including influential monks like Nenghai
(能海剌麻, 1886–1967) and Master Fazun (法尊, 1902–1980), who played major roles in the spread of Tibetan Buddhism and translation of scriptures into modern Chinese.[46] These two figures, both of the Gelug
school, were key in what is known as the 'Chinese Tantric Buddhist Revival Movement' (Mijiao fuxing yundong 密教復興運動). Chinese Buddhists like Dayong (1893–1929) also went also to Japan
to learn and bring back the complete teachings of Tang Mysteries passed down in Tendai
and Shingon
Buddhism.[47] Most of this movement's work was severely damaged by the Cultural Revolution.[48] But Tibetan Buddhism
Tibetan Buddhism
continued to flourish outside communist China in places like Hong Kong and Taiwan, and since the 80s and 90s, in mainland China itself. However, Tibetan Buddhists remain under serious government surveillance and control in the mainland.[49] Monica Esposito has also written about a Chinese lama who taught Chan and the Nyingma
tradition, known as Fahai Lama
(1920-1991). Fahai attempted to reconcile Tantrism and Chan, claiming that Dzogchen "can be aligned with the overcoming of the last barrier in Chan".[50] Fahai Lama
also built a Buddhist nunnery on Tianmu Mountain
Tianmu Mountain
in China's Zhejiang
province.[51] According to Dan Smyer Yü's recent monograph on the subject, Tibetan Buddhism
is currently experiencing a revival in certain regions such as Qinghai and Sichuan which he describes as “trans-cultural, cross-regional, tech-savvy, conversant with modern science and familiar with the economic system”.[52] Gray Tuttle has noted that Mount Wutai
Mount Wutai
has experienced a growth of religious activity since the 1990s, led by Han, Tibetan and Mongol followers of Tibetan Buddhism. Temples, monasteries and stupas have been built or repaired in the area.[53] There are also some newer Chinese tantric Buddhists that do not have direct association with traditional institutions, one of the most successful (and controversial within other organized Buddhist groups) being Lu Sheng-yen's True Buddha School, which identifies as Vajrayana while also adopting local Chinese and Taiwanese popular religious ideas.[54] Tangmi
revival[edit] In contemporary China, Taiwan, and elsewhere in East Asia where Chinese populations are prevalent, there is an ongoing revival of Tang Esoteric Buddhism, largely through connections and support from Kongobuji, the head temple of the Koyasan Shingon
school, and its affiliate temples. Common practices[edit]

The Womb Realm
Womb Realm
maṇḍala used in Śubhakarasiṃha's teachings from the Mahavairocana
Tantra. Vairocana
is located in the center.

According to Charles D. Orzech and Henrik H. Sørensen, "Buddhist practice involving the use of mudra, mantra and mandala are often regarded as the primary hallmarks of esoteric Buddhism."[55] These "three modes of action" or "ritual technologies" are often tied to the concept of the "Three Mysteries" (sanmi 三密), the “secrets” of body, speech and mind and to the ritual of abhiseka or consecration where tantric vows of samaya were undertaken by initiates.[56] According to Śubhākarasiṃha:

“The three modes of action are simply the three secrets, and the three secrets are simply the three modes of action. The three bodies are simply the wisdom of tathāgata Mahavairocana.”[7]

Orzech and Sørensen describe the tantric ritual of abhiseka as follows:

The vows are whispered in the ear of the candidate as he or she first prepares to enter the mandala. While blindfolded, the aspirant tosses a flower onto the mandala to establish a karmic affinity with a particular deity of the mandala. The blindfold is removed and the aspirant then glimpses the mandala for the first time. On the following day the initiate will begin the process of learning how to visualize the deities of the mandala—usually Mahāvairocana and Vajrasattva.[56]

Afterwards, the initiate is taught the secret mudras and mantras of his deity, and these secrets are revealed to be none other than the expression of the mind of the Buddhas. Through the use of the “three mysteries” the initiate is seen to ritually replicate the body, speech, and mind of the Buddha; and through the ritual of abhiseka ̣one becomes a living Buddha [57] Other features that are uniquely esoteric include homa rituals, ajikan and dharani. The use of ritual magic and spells for spiritual and worldly benefit was also a feature of Chinese esoteric Buddhism.[58] There was also the practice of astrology, demonology, the use of talismans and mediumship. According to Hsuan Hua, the most popular example of esoteric teachings still practiced in many Chan Buddhist monasteries of East Asia is the Śūraṅgama Sūtra
Śūraṅgama Sūtra
and its dhāraṇī, the Śūraṅgama mantra, along with the Nīlakaṇṭha Dhāraṇī.[59] Deities[edit]

at Buddha Tooth Relic Temple and Museum, Singapore.

The esoteric Buddhist pantheon was mostly imported from India, but also came to include local influences. The major Buddha figures such as Mahavairocana
were revered along with the retinues of their mandalas. Esoteric Buddhism
Esoteric Buddhism
saw shift from the historical Shakyamuni Buddha to the transcendental Mahavairocana, also termed "Great sun". Shakyamuni
was considered a form of Mahavairocana, the eternal Buddha and Dharmakaya.[60] The major Buddhas of the esoteric pantheon are the Five Tathagatas. Other Buddhist deities in Chinese esotericism included Bhaisajyaguru, Avalokiteśvara
(especially the thousand armed form), Hayagrīva, Tārā, Vajrapāṇi, Vajrasattva, Samantabhadra, Mañjuśrī
and Cundī. The cult of Acala, the wrathful Vajrapani was very influential during the Tang, while the Cundī cult was very important during the Song period.[61] The Five Wisdom Kings were also important protector figures in Zhenyan Buddhism. Besides Buddhas and Bodhisattvas, there are also Vedic and Brahmanic deities, such as Indra (Yintuoluo 因陀羅), Brahma (Fantian 梵天), Vayu (Fengtian 風天) and Candra (Yuetian 月天). Texts[edit] The major Tantric texts of this tradition are part of the Chinese Buddhist canon found in volumes 18 to 21 of the Taishō Tripiṭaka. They include:[62] Volume 18

Mahāvairocana sūtra and related texts (Dainichikyōrui 大日經類) Vajraśekhara sūtra and related texts (Kongōchōkyōrui 金剛頂經類), including the Guhyasamāja tantra
Guhyasamāja tantra
and the Hevajra tantra Susuddhikara sūtra and related texts (Soshitsujikyōrui 蘇悉地經類) Homa manuals (Goma gikirui 護摩儀軌類) Texts dealing with initiation rites (Jukaihōrui 受戒法類)

Volume 19

Ritual texts for buddhas (Shobutsu gikirui 諸佛儀軌類) Ritual texts for buddha-crowns (Shobutchō gikirui 諸佛頂儀軌類) Ritual texts for sūtras (Shokyō gikirui 諸經儀軌類)

Volume 20

Ritual texts for Avalokiteśvara
(Shokannon gikirui 諸觀音儀軌類) Ritual texts for bodhisattvas (Shobosatsu gikirui 諸菩薩儀軌類) Ritual texts for Mañjuśrī
(Monju gikirui 文殊儀軌類)

Volume 21

Ritual texts for vidyārājas (Shomyōō gikirui 諸明王儀軌類) Ritual texts for gods, etc. (Shotentō gikirui 諸天等儀軌類) Dhāraṇī
sūtras (Shodaranikyōrui 諸陀羅尼經類)

There are other Chinese esoteric works outside the Chinese Tripitaka, including material found at Dunhuang, and from the texts found in Yunnan. See also[edit]

Vajrayana Shingon Tibetan Buddhism


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