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Tantra in Practice

Tantra in Practice Author : David Gordon White
Release : 2000
Publisher : Motilal Banarsidass Publ.
ISBN : 9788120817784
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Tantra in Practice is the eight volume of Princeton Readings in Religions and the first substantial anthology of Tantric works ever to appear in English. The thirty-nine contributors, drawn from around the world, are leading scholars of Tantra. Each contributor has provided a translation of a key work, in most cases translated here for the first time. Each chapter in the volume begins with an introduction in which the translator discusses the history and influence of the work, identifying points of particular difficulty or interest. David White has provided a general introduction to the volume that serves as an ideal guide to the riches contained between the covers of this book. He has organized the volume thematically, providing fascinating juxtapositions of works from different regions, periods, and traditions. Two additional tables of contents are provided, organizing the works by tradition and by country of origin. The range of works represented here is remarkable, spanning the continent of Asia and the traditions of Hinduism, Buddhism, Jainism and Islam over more than a millennium. With the publication this volume, the long disparaged and neglected Tantric traditions of Asia receive the attention they so rightly deserve. This is a groundbreaking work.


Tantra Author : Hugh B. Urban
Release : 2012
Publisher : Motilal Banarsidass Publishe
ISBN : 9788120829329
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Bhadriraju Krishnamurti (1928) is Professor and Head of the department of Linguistics at Osmania University, Hyderabad. He received a B.A. (Hons.) Degree (1948) in Telugu language and literature at Andhra University Waltair and an M.A. (1955) and Ph.D. (1957) in linguistics from the university of Pennsylvania U.S.A.

The Origins of Yoga and Tantra

The Origins of Yoga and Tantra Author : Geoffrey Samuel
Release : 2008-03-27
Publisher : Cambridge University Press
ISBN : 9781139470216
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Yoga, tantra and other forms of Asian meditation are practised in modernized forms throughout the world today, but most introductions to Hinduism or Buddhism tell only part of the story of how they developed. This book is an interpretation of the history of Indic religions up to around 1200 CE, with particular focus on the development of yogic and tantric traditions. It assesses how much we really know about this period, and asks what sense we can make of the evolution of yogic and tantric practices, which were to become such central and important features of the Indic religious scene. Its originality lies in seeking to understand these traditions in terms of the total social and religious context of South Asian society during this period, including the religious practices of the general population with their close engagement with family, gender, economic life and other pragmatic concerns.

The Roots of Tantra

The Roots of Tantra Author : Katherine Anne Harper
Release : 2002-02-21
Publisher : SUNY Press
ISBN : 9780791453056
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Among the many spiritual traditions born and developed in India, Tantra has been the most difficult to define. Almost everything about it its major characteristics, its sources, its relationships to other religions, even its practices are debated among sc

Tantra Unveiled

Tantra Unveiled Author : Rajmani Tigunait
Release : 1999
Publisher : Himalayan Institute Press
ISBN : 9780893891589
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Describes authentic tantra, the different spiritual paths and how tantra combines yoga, meditation, ayurveda and other disciplines.

The Maha-Vairocana-Abhisambodhi Tantra

The Maha-Vairocana-Abhisambodhi Tantra Author : Stephen Hodge
Release : 2005-12-09
Publisher : Routledge
ISBN : 1135796548
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The first complete translation into English of this Tibetan text, together with the informative commentary by the 8th century master Buddhaguhya. This text is of seminal importance for the history of Buddhist Tantra, especially as very little has been published concerning the origins of Tantra in India.

Lakṣmī Tantra

Lakṣmī Tantra Author : Sanjukta Gupta
Release : 2000
Publisher : Motilal Banarsidass Publishe
ISBN : 9788120817357
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Among the vast number of Pancaratra Agamic texts the Laksmi Tantra stands out because it deals almost exclusively with Laksmi. The divine creative impulse, intelligence, potency, potentiality, power, majesty and speech. The focus of the text is on Pancaratra philosophy (including cosmogony) and the practice of yoga based on it, with its attendent Mantra Sastra. By dealing with the role of Sakti in the creation and maintenance of the world, totally rely on God`s mercy and benevolence, the Laksmi Tantra succeeds in overcoming sectarian boundaries.

Kularnava Tantra

Kularnava Tantra Author : M. P. Pandit
Release : 2007-01-01
Publisher : Motilal Banarsidass Publishe
ISBN : 9788120809727
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The Kularnava is perhaps the foremost Tantra of the Kaula School and is constantly cited as an authority in Tantric literature. It is worthy of close study by those who would understand the tenets and practice of the tradition of which it is a Sastra. The Introduction by Arthur Avalon gives a concise outline of the work. Sri M.P. Pandit who is a keen student of the Tantras and Vedas has rendered the work in English in eleven chapters. The readings are free translations, with annotations where necessary, omitting technical details but preserving the spirit and essential import of the original in his characteristically lucid style. The Kularnava prescribes the modes of preparation for the high quest; it draws upon ethics, religion, philosophy, yoga to elevate human life gradually to the level of godly life. It comprehends the multiple personality of man and provides for the healthy growth of his mental faculties, purification of his physical faculties through ritual, japa, mantra and upasana. Who is fit for the path of Tantra? Who is competent to guide the novice on the double - edged razor path? What is the responsibility of a Guru to a disciple? These and other relevant questions are raised and answered in a satisfying manner.

Tantra in Tibet

Tantra in Tibet Author : Tsong-kha-pa Blo-bzang-grags-pa
Release : 1987
Publisher : Motilal Banarsidass Publ.
ISBN : 9788120803763
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Tantra is Tibet consists of three parts published under the auspices of the Dalai Lama:The Great Exposition of Secret Mantra-Part I by Tsong-ka-pa is one of the principal classic texts on tantra. It presents the main features common to all the Buddhist tantra systems as well as the difference between sutra and tantra.

Tantra Vision : An Invitation to Silence

Tantra Vision : An Invitation to Silence Author : Osho
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Publisher : Diamond Pocket Books (P) Ltd.
ISBN : 9788171823369
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Tantra Author : Georg Feuerstein, Ph.D.
Release : 1998-07-28
Publisher : Shambhala Publications
ISBN : 0834825457
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Tantra—often associated with Kundalini Yoga—is a fundamental dimension of Hinduism, emphasizing the cultivation of "divine power" (shakti) as a path to infinite bliss. Tantra has been widely misunderstood in the West, however, where its practices are often confused with eroticism and licentious morality. Tantra: The Path of Ecstasy dispels many common misconceptions, providing an accessible introduction to the history, philosophy, and practice of this extraordinary spiritual tradition. The Tantric teachings are geared toward the attainment of enlightenment as well as spiritual power and are present not only in Hinduism but also Jainism and Vajrayana Buddhism. In this book, Georg Feuerstein offers readers a clear understanding of authentic Tantra, as well as appropriate guidance for spiritual practice and the attainment of higher consciousness.


Tantra Author : Tashi Tsering
Release : 2012-07-03
Publisher : Simon and Schuster
ISBN : 1614290113
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There are a great many books now available describing the complex rituals and esoteric significance of the ancient practices of Buddhist tantra. But none take the friendly, helpful approach of Geshe Tashi Tsering's Foundation of Buddhist Thought series. Understanding the many questions Westerners have upon first encountering tantra's colorful imagery and veiled language, Geshe Tsering gives straight talk about deities, initiations, mandalas, and the various stages of tantric development. He even goes through a simple tantric compassion practice written by the Dalai Lama, using it to unpack the building blocks common to all such visualization techniques. Tantra is a fitting conclusion to the folksy and practical wisdom in the Foundation of Buddhist Thought series.

Secrets of Yantra, Mantra and Tantra

Secrets of Yantra, Mantra and Tantra Author : L. R. Chawdhri
Release : 1992
Publisher : Sterling Publishers Pvt. Ltd
ISBN : 9781845570224
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Unveiled in this book are the secrets of the occult sciences of Yantra, Mantra and Tantra to help the reader achieve worldly success and spiritual enlightenment. Detailed instructions are given for the preparation and application of Yantras for specific purposes: to win favours, defeat for selecting and using Mantras to attain miraculous powers, and fulfilment of one's desires, are explained in detail. In the Tantra section of the book, methods of treatment of diseases by herbs are given. Information is provided about Tantric articles and where to obtain them.

Buddhist Tantra

Buddhist Tantra Author : Lalan Prasad Singh
Release : 2010
Publisher : Concept Publishing Company
ISBN : 9788180696473
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Principles of Buddhist Tantra

Principles of Buddhist Tantra Author : Kirti Tsenshap
Release : 2011-06-07
Publisher : Simon and Schuster
ISBN : 0861712978
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Kirti Tsenshap Rinpoche was a renowned teacher of Tibetan Buddhism with students worldwide. Revered as a teacher by even the Dalai Lama, he was known especially as a master of Buddhist tantra, the powerful esoteric methods for attaining enlightenment swiftly. The teachings in this book are a singular record of his deep learning in that field. Originally delivered in California to a group of Western students, the teachings comment on a classic introduction to tantra by the nineteenth-century Mongolian lama Choje Ngawang Palden. The work, Illumination of the Tantric Tradition, is a staple even today of the curriculum for training young monastics. Kirti Tsenshap Rinpoche explains the distinctive features of the four classes of tantra--action tantra, performance tantra, yoga tantra, and highest yoga tantra--by describing the way to progress through their paths and levels. He illuminates key issues in tantric practice that are still a matter for debate within the tradition. Finally, he gives a special treatment of the unique methods of Kalacakra tantra, which is regularly taught around the globe by His Holiness the Dalai Lama.

Vijnanabhairava Tantra

Vijnanabhairava Tantra Author : V. Ravi
Release : 2012-11-17
Publisher : MANBLUNDER
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Vijnanabhairava is a Trika and tantra Scripture, wherein Shiva teaches His Consort Shakti, one hundred and twelve methods of contemplations to realize Him. As far as Trika Philosophy is concerned, it uses many complicated Sanskrit words and unless one understands the meaning of technical Sanskrit words in detail, it could be difficult to understand the full glory of this great Scripture. A sincere attempt has been made in this book to avoid all complicated words and make the teachings of Shiva as simple as possible. The main idea of this book is to discuss about one hundred and twelve contemplations in very simple terms, without loosing sight on the focus of this sacred Scripture. All these contemplations can be easily practiced at home. The entire text is in the form of divine conversation between Shiva and Shakti. Shakti asks Her Lord Shiva and gets clarifications on some of Her doubts and that is how this ancient Scripture has come into existence. The text has one hundred and sixty three aphorisms. Mind is the only factor in God realization. When a practitioner is able to dissolve his mind into the supreme consciousness of Bhairava, he becomes Bhairava himself. Tantra is based on the principle of accepting one as himself. In yoga one has to dissolve himself into That. The aim of both tantra and yoga are the same, realising the Self within, but the path taken by both are different. For practicing tantra, one need not have extensive knowledge. Understanding certain technical terms are necessary to achieve rapid progress. In yoga one has to fight against the principles of nature but in tantra one continues to remain with the nature. However, practice is important in both.As far as possible, Sanskrit alphabets have been avoided and are used only in a very few places. However, IAST (International Alphabet for Sanskrit Transliteration) format is used through out the book, so that original glory of Sanskrit pronunciation is not lost. The basic idea of the book is to explain the teachings of Shiva in simplest terms possible and the book does not dwell at length about Trika Philosophy.

The Tantra

The Tantra Author : Victor M. Fic
Release : 2003-01-01
Publisher : Abhinav Publications
ISBN : 8170174244
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Bibliography Index The Tantra Is A Body Of Theories, Techniques And Rituals Developed In India In Antiquity, Which Has Two Fundamental Aspects. The First Aspect Of The Tantra Is The Theory Of Creation, Which Posits That The Universe Has No Beginning And No End, And That All Its Manifestations Are Merely The Projections Of Divine Energy Of Its Creator. The Second Aspect Of The Tantra Is The Belief That The Performance Of Tantrik Techniques And Rituals Facilitates Access To This Divine Energy, Enabling Their Practitioners To Empower Themselves, As Well As Empower Others Associated With Them In The Guru-Disciple Relationship. Thus The Knowledge And Proper Application Of Tantrik Techniques And Rituals Is Believed To Harness The Creator'S Cosmic Energies To The Promotion Of The Mundane As Well As Spiritual Goals Of Their Practitioners. Between The Vii And The Xii Centuries A.D. These Theories, Rituals And Practices Spread To Other Parts Of Asia. In These Parts Their Interaction With Indigenous Traditions Of Shamanism And Other Magical Cults Resulted In Potent Hybrids. These Not Only Served The Personal Needs Of Their Practi- Tioners, But Were Used By The Kings To Summon The Cosmic Forces To Legitimize Their Right And Power To Rule The Ancient Monarchies. Elaborate And Artistically Beautiful Icons Were Developed In Sculpture, Painting, Bronze And Bas-Relief To Portray The Basic Concept Of Tantrik Theories And Various Deities Of The Hindu And Buddhist Pantheons. This Book First Explores The Origin Of The Tantra In India, Its Development And Emergence Of Various Schools Of Hindu And Buddhist Tantrism Over The Centuries. Then It Explores Their Spread From Tantrik Universities In Bihar And Other Centres Of Tantrik Scholarship And Rituals Practised In West Bengal, Orissa And South India At That Time To Nepal, Tibet, Mongolia, China, Japan And Indonesia. The Coloured Plates Illustrate The Iconographic Presentation Of The Basic Theories And Concepts Of The Tantra, As Well As Various Deities Associated With The Pantheons Of Hindu And Buddhist Tantrism Drawn From Different Parts Of The World.