Tantra in Practice

Author: David Gordon White

Publisher: Motilal Banarsidass Publ.

ISBN: 9788120817784

Category: Tantric Buddhism

Page: 640

View: 1965


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.


Sex, Secrecy, Politics, and Power in the Study of Religion

Author: Hugh B. Urban

Publisher: Motilal Banarsidass Publishe

ISBN: 9788120829329

Category: Religion and politics

Page: 372

View: 4020


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

Indic Religions to the Thirteenth Century

Author: Geoffrey Samuel

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 9781139470216

Category: Religion

Page: N.A

View: 9489


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

Author: Katherine Anne Harper,Robert L. Brown

Publisher: SUNY Press

ISBN: 9780791453056

Category: Religion

Page: 270

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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

The Maha-Vairocana-Abhisambodhi Tantra

With Buddhaguhya's Commentary

Author: Stephen Hodge

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1135796548

Category: Philosophy

Page: 580

View: 8637


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.

Tantra Unveiled

Seducing the Forces of Matter & Spirit

Author: Rajmani Tigunait

Publisher: Himalayan Institute Press

ISBN: 9780893891589

Category: Philosophy

Page: 152

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Describes authentic tantra, the different spiritual paths and how tantra combines yoga, meditation, ayurveda and other disciplines.

Lakṣmī Tantra

A Pāñcarātra Text

Author: Sanjukta Gupta

Publisher: Motilal Banarsidass Publishe

ISBN: 9788120817357

Category: Hindu philosophy

Page: 398

View: 346


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

Author: M. P. Pandit

Publisher: Motilal Banarsidass Publishe

ISBN: 9788120809727

Category: Tantras

Page: 357

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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

The Great Exposition of Secret Mantra

Author: Tsong-kha-pa Blo-bzang-grags-pa

Publisher: Motilal Banarsidass Publ.

ISBN: 9788120803763

Category: Buddhism

Page: 252

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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.