24 Worship of Bell - Ears the Great Hero , a Jain Tantric Deity John E . Cort Tantra in Jainism has two distinctive features : it is largely centered around the
use of verbal spells or mantra , and Jain Tantric practices are aimed at improving
one ' s ...
Author: David Gordon White
Publisher: Motilal Banarsidass Publ.
Category: Tantric Buddhism
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.
115 One often need only mention the word tantra to many Indians ( as I did to my
Bengali teacher in Calcutta ) to elicit responses of " ooph ! " " Ma go ! " ( literally , "
Oh , mother ! " used as an emphatic expression ) and a clucking of tongues .
Author: Hugh B. Urban
Publisher: Motilal Banarsidass Publishe
Category: Religion and politics
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.
Yantra ' Yantra ' holds a supreme status amongst all the occult sciences and
disciplines and Tantra ' and ' Mantra ' are the elements which help it . Hence
Yantra is an entry gate to all the occult sciences and result oriented
seventh century, though both later and much earlier dates have been suggested)
41 and Guhyagarbha Tantra (perhaps early eighth century).42 The second,
probably slightly later, group was known variously as yogin ̄ıtantra, bhagin
Author: Geoffrey Samuel
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
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.
I hope that this exploration of the meaning of Bhairava will contribute to an
understanding of an important ideological shift in the development of the early
Hindu Tantra . The intent in this essay is not so much historiographical as it is
Author: Katherine Anne Harper
Publisher: SUNY Press
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
Chapter Two WHERE TANTRA STILL THRIVES antrics have never involved
themselves in religion , either as advocates or critics , but the myriad techniques
they have developed for enhancing the quality of worldly and spiritual life have ...
Author: Rajmani Tigunait
Publisher: Himalayan Institute Press
Describes authentic tantra, the different spiritual paths and how tantra combines yoga, meditation, ayurveda and other disciplines.
purpose (prayojana) of this Tantra. Thus, you should understand by this title that
the Array of Vairocana's Body and so forth are the cause of this Tantra and this Tantra is their result, because it indicates the manifestation of the Inexhaustible ...
Author: Stephen Hodge
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.
The publication in 1990 of Vāmananadatta ' s Samvitprakāśa , edited with
English introduction by Mark Dyczkowski , has thrown considerable light on the
date of the Lakşmi Tantra . The Samvitprakāśa is freely quoted by Utpalācārya in
Author: Sanjukta Gupta
Publisher: Motilal Banarsidass Publishe
Category: Hindu philosophy
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.
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.
Another branch moves from Buddha to his son , Rahul Bhadra , and from Rahul
Bhadra to Sri Kirti , and from Sri Kirti to Saraha , and from Saraha to Nargarjuna -
- that is the Tantra branch . It is still bearing fruit in Tibet . Tantra converted Tibet ...
Release on 1987 | by Tsong-kha-pa Blo-bzang-grags-pa
... of compassion of sutra and tantra through Lama U - ma - pa . There was a
painting of Manjushri on the wall of Tsong - ka - pa ' s Ga - wa - dong retreat , and
upon improvement of his meditation a great light emitted from Manjushri ' s heart .
Author: Tsong-kha-pa Blo-bzang-grags-pa
Publisher: Motilal Banarsidass Publ.
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.
Maybe the Devil , maybe a representative of Beelzebub , but not God at all . Tantra drops that whole anthropomorphism . Tantra brings things to their right
proportion , puts man in his right place . Tantra is a great vision . It is not centered
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.
In chapter 2, we enter the world of tantra, with a look at the need for a strong
student~teacher relationship and the ini' tiation that is the starting point of any
tantric practice. In chapters 3 and 4, we explore the lower tantras, first looking at
Author: Tashi Tsering
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
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.
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.
Author: L. R. Chawdhri
Publisher: Sterling Publishers Pvt. Ltd
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.
6 ) Tantra Sādhanā According to Buddhist Tantra Prajñā and Upāya constitute
transcendental reality which is known as Bodhicitta . The reality is neutral by
nature . The Prajñā and Upāya can be rendered as transcendental and
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Tathagatas / Condensed Root Tantra. Sarvatathagatatattvasamgraha—nama—
mahayana—sutra. De bzhin gshegs pa thams cad kyi de kho na nyid bsdus pa ...
Author: Kirti Tsenshap
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
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.
This beautifully illustrated book accompanies an exquisite exhibition of 70 tantric, Jain and related objects, paintings, manuscripts and drawings.
Author: Jan van Alphen
Publisher: Paul Holberton Pub
This beautifully illustrated book accompanies an exquisite exhibition of 70 tantric, Jain and related objects, paintings, manuscripts and drawings. In as far as the Indian term 'tantrism' is known in the West, it is generally linked with mystery and mysticism as well as with sex, magic and hocus-pocus. Indeed, tantrism is connected with all these and even more. Buddhism, Hinduism, Taoism, Jainism, Vajrayana, Bönpo, Ayurveda and Shamanism are some of the philosophies, religions and sciences that were somehow influenced by tantrism, as Jan van Alphen, chief curator of the BOZAR in Brussels, discusses in the introductory essay to the catalogue. Accompanies an exhibition at Joost van den Bergh Ltd, London.
Vijñānabhairava is Trika and tantra Scripture, wherein Śiva teaches His Consort
Śakti, one hundred and twelve methods of contemplations to realize Him. As far
as Trika Philosophy is concerned, it uses many complicated Sanskrit words and ...
Author: V. Ravi
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.