[INDOLOGY] Sciences and Tantra

Agathe Keller kelleragathe600 at gmail.com
Tue Apr 9 13:19:23 UTC 2019

Dear Matthew,

On the topic of combinatorics (including Pascal triangle), Piṅgala and his
commentators  there is a classical article by Ludwig Alsdorf

 Die Pratyayas. Ein Beitrag zur indischen Mathematik". Zeitschrift fur
Indologie und Iranistik, 9 (1933), pp. 97-157; reprinted in: Albrecht
Wezler (ed.), Ludwig Alsdorf: Kleine Schriften, Wiesbaden, 1974, pp.

This paper was translated into English by  Sarma, S. R. 1991. “The
Pratyayas: Indian Contributions to Combinatorics.” Indian Journal of
History of Science 26: 17–61.

although much still needs to be investigated, there are quite a number of
publications on this topic  actually…



From: Matthew Kapstein via INDOLOGY <indology at list.indology.info>
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Reply: Matthew Kapstein <mkapstei at uchicago.edu> <mkapstei at uchicago.edu>
Date: 9 April 2019 at 14:49:06
To: Paolo Eugenio Rosati <paoloe.rosati at gmail.com> <paoloe.rosati at gmail.com>,
Indology <indology at list.indology.info> <indology at list.indology.info>
Subject:  Re: [INDOLOGY] Sciences and Tantra

Dear Paolo,

Although it is not quite on tantra, there is a highly interesting article
in modern Sanskrit on the relationship between Sanskrit analysis of poetic
metre and Pascal's triangle. I do not have the full reference available in
my present location, but it may be found in the introduction to the late
Michael Hahn's edition of the ChandoratnAkara, which may be available on
his academia page, if that is still accessible.

In Buddhist tantra, quite a lot has been written on the mathematics of the
KAlacakratantra. The late Edward Henning's webpage kalacakra.org has some
useful material on this, as does Henning's book, KAlacakra and the Tibetan

There is also quite a lot on this in German, by Dieter Schuh, but
exclusively concerned with the Tibetan legacy of the Indian sources and not
with the Indian materials themselves.



Matthew Kapstein
Directeur d'études,
Ecole Pratique des Hautes Etudes

Numata Visiting Professor of Buddhist Studies,
The University of Chicago
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Eugenio Rosati via INDOLOGY <indology at list.indology.info>
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*Subject:* [INDOLOGY] Sciences and Tantra

Dear indologists,

Can anyone points me out any study on Tantra in connection to sciences,
mathematics and more specifically geometry?

With the best wishes,

*Paolo E. Rosati*
*PhD in Asian and African Studies*
(South Asia Section)
*Italian Institute of Oriental Studies*
'Sapienza' University of Rome

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