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Title: 'Developmental' versus 'Revelatory' Soteriology in the Kālacakra Tantra
Author(s): NEWMAN, John
Journal: Journal of the International Association of Buddhist Studies
Volume: 40    Date: 2017   
Pages: 209-224
DOI: 10.2143/JIABS.40.0.3269009

Abstract :
Does buddhahood pre-exist in sentient beings? Both traditional Tibetan Buddhist scholars and contemporary Buddhologists recognize this to be a key issue in any reconstruction of late Indian Buddhism. In India and Tibet we find ‘revelatory’ and ‘developmental’ models: the former advocate the view that buddhahood in some sense pre-exists in sentient beings, and it is simply revealed through the practice of the path; the latter assert that sentient beings possess the potential for buddhahood, but buddhahood as such is developed, and only occurs at the culmination of the path. This paper presents evidence that the Kālacakra tantra presupposes a developmental model, in opposition to the revelatory model interpretation of the Kālacakra promoted by Dol po pa Shes rab rgyal mtshan.

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