Dr. John Campbell Lecture: The Esoteric Community Tantra with The Illuminating Lamp

Written By University of the West Author

Regarded by Indo-Tibetan tradition as the esoteric scripture wherein the Buddha revealed in greatest detail the actual psycho-physical process of his enlightenment, The Esoteric Community Tantra is a preeminent text of the class of scriptures known to Indian Buddhist scholar-adepts as great yoga tantra, and later to their Tibetan successors as unexcelled yoga tantra.

The Illuminating Lamp presents a system of interpretive guidelines according to which the cryptic meanings of all tantras might be extracted in order to engage the ritual and yogic practices taught therein. Applying its interpretive strategies to the text of The Esoteric Community Tantra, The Illuminating Lamp articulates a synthetic, “vajra vehicle” (vajrayana) discourse that locates tantric practices and ideals squarely within the cosmological and institutional frameworks of exoteric Mahayana Buddhism.

In this talk Dr. Campbell will provide an introduction to the scripture and its commentary by Master Chandrakirti, both of which proved enormously influential in the development of Mahayana Buddhism throughout Tibet, the Himalayas, and Mongolia.

View Event Flyer (PNG)

Join Zoom Meeting

  • Zoom ID: 992 7926 9509
  • Passcode: 011011

About Our Guest

John Campbell, Ph.D., holds a doctorate in Religion from Columbia University with a specialization in Indo-Tibetan Buddhist Studies. A translator of Sanskrit and Tibetan texts, his main areas of research are Yoga and Tantric practice systems in India and the Himalayas. His translation of an early Indian Buddhist scripture along with its principal Indian and Tibetan commentaries is scheduled for publication in 2020.

A Fulbright Fellow and National Endowment for the Humanities grant recipient, he has taught Religious Studies, Sanskrit and Tibetan language, most recently at the University of Virginia. In 2011, Dr. Campbell co-founded the Contemplative Sciences Center at the University of Virginia, the first center of its kind at a major research university for the study and teaching of contemplative practices across the Arts and Sciences curriculum.

Currently, Dr. Campbell serves as the Director of Sanskrit Preservation for the Asian Legacy Library, a preservation initiative digitizing, cataloging and inputting rare text collections in South and East Asia.

RECENT POSTS

Fall 2022 UDays Live: New Student Orientation

For questions about the schedule or other orientation information, please contact eddiee@uwest.edu Tuesday, August 16 *Mandatory for new students 10am-2pm Placement Testing, as needed. Contact admissions office if uncertain:hennah@uwest.edu 2pm - 3pm ID Card Pictures,...

Alumni Spotlight: Yilun “Blake” Lu

UWest extends hearty congratulations to alum Yilun “Blake” Lu, who was recently admitted into the Ph.D. program in Finance with the College of Business at University of Texas, Arlington (UTA). Blake will start his study at UTA in fall 2022 as the recipient of the...

UWest Celebrates Our 30th Anniversary on April 21, 2022

UWest will hold our 30th anniversary celebration on Thursday, April 21, 2022 starting at 4:00 PM. The university is honored to welcome our donors, supporters, and local dignitaries. We have a lively program planned with musical performances, a retrospective video,...

Lecture: Dr. Charles DiSimone – Buddhism in Greater Gandhāra

UWest welcomes Dr. Charles Simone from Ghent University for a guest lecture on Friday, April 29, 2022 at 1:00 PM PDT. Dr. Simone's lecture is titled, "Buddhism in Greater Gandhāra as Witnessed by Manuscript Evidence." The lecture will be held remotely on Zoom. No...

LECTURE: Dr. Ali Chavoshian – The Art of Listening

UWest is pleased to welcome Dr. Ali Chavoshian for a special guest lecture titled “The Art of Listening: Application in the Clinical Setting, Pastoral Counseling, Spiritual direction, and Chaplaincy.” This free lecture will be held remotely on Zoom on Tuesday, April...