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 (tŭn′trə, tăn′-)
Any of a comparatively recent class of Hindu or Buddhist religious literature written in Sanskrit and concerned with powerful ritual acts of body, speech, and mind.

[Sanskrit tantram, doctrine, loom; see ten- in Indo-European roots.]

tan′tric (-trĭk) adj.
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(ˈtæntrə; ˈtʌn-)
(Hinduism) Hinduism Buddhism the sacred books of Tantrism, written between the 7th and 17th centuries ad, mainly in the form of a dialogue between Siva and his wife
[C18: from Sanskrit: warp, hence underlying principle, from tanoti he weaves]
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(ˈtʌn trə, ˈtɑn-, ˈtæn-)

n., pl. -tras.
1. (italics) any of several books of esoteric Hindu doctrine regarding rituals, meditation, etc., composed in the form of dialogues between Shiva and his Shakti.
2. (l.c.)the exoteric philosophy or practice based on these writings: influential in Buddhism, esp. in Tibet.
[< Skt]
Tan′tric, adj.
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Noun1.tantra - any of a fairly recent class of Hindu or Buddhist religious literature concerned with ritual acts of body and speech and mind
Sanskrit literature - Hindu literature written in Sanskrit
2.Tantra - doctrine of enlightenment as the realization of the oneness of one's self and the visible world; combines elements of Hinduism and paganism including magical and mystical elements like mantras and mudras and erotic rites; especially influential in Tibet
Buddhism - the teaching of Buddha that life is permeated with suffering caused by desire, that suffering ceases when desire ceases, and that enlightenment obtained through right conduct and wisdom and meditation releases one from desire and suffering and rebirth
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See also the brief but helpful discussion by Alexis Sanderson on differing attitudes towards the sexual elements in Yogini Tantra ritual: whether they are to be practised by lay persons only or by both lay persons and monks or, instead, are to be understood only symbolically and therefore practiced in modified form (Sanderson, 'Vajrayana', p.
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David White focuses on a specific cult of tantric Hindu practice that involves the sexual engagement of female semi-divine beings, yoginis, and their human counterparts in medieval India and Nepal, arguing that this form of Tantra was a central, not marginal practice.
Happily, the Internet makes available esoteric traditions that were once virtually inaccesible--from Gnosticism and Hermetism to Tantra, magic(k), and Freemasonry.
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A last part more quickly explores "roads less traveled," such as Jainism, Shinto and Tantra (the author handles sex here with a beguiling modesty and forthrightness).
This observation is reflected in the variety of yoga disciplines there are to explore: Kriya, Jivamukti, Iyengar, Astanga, Kripalu, Viniyoga, Integral, Kundalini, Anusara, Bikram, Restorative, Tantra, Kirtan and Power.
It is this critical reading of Tantra -- as spiritual and social liberation -- that extends him beyond Aurobindo and Gandhi, taking him outside the Vedic orbit as well as outside the nationalistic politics of the BJP.
As in most places, Waddell has not shown his source (as he did not have any genuine sources with him) which claims that Tantra began from Nagarjuna.
The form of Buddhism that took hold popularly was heavily influenced by tantra and the native Tibetan deities.
Tantra One of the later Hindu or Buddhist scriptures dealing especially with techniques and rituals, including meditative and sexual practices.