Tantrism


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Tantrism

(ˈtæntrɪzəm)
n
1. (Hinduism) a movement within Hinduism combining magical and mystical elements and with sacred writings of its own
2. (Buddhism) a similar movement within Buddhism
[C18: from Sanskrit tantra, literally: warp, hence, doctrine]
ˈTantrist n
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Tantrism

1. the teachings of the Tantras, Sanskrit religious writings concerned with mysticism and magic rituals.
2. the beliefs and practices of Hindu adherents to the Tantras in place of the Vedas, especially magic rituals for healing, averting evil, and union with the female creative principle. — Tantrist, n. — Tantric, adj.
See also: Hinduism
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Noun1.Tantrism - movement within Buddhism combining elements of Hinduism and paganism
Buddhism - a religion represented by the many groups (especially in Asia) that profess various forms of the Buddhist doctrine and that venerate Buddha
Tantrist - an adherent of Tantrism
2.Tantrism - 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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The twelve individual contributions focus loosely on the possible origins and early history of Tantrism. They are divided into five parts: Overviews, The History and Development of Tantra, The Art History and Archaeology of Tantra, The Vedas and Tantra, and The Texts and Tantra.
The third goddess tradition is that of Tantrism; McLean contends that this provides the dominant philosophical element of Ramprasad's goddess.
12)--texts of the latter sort being equally and evidently "saiva." The distinction is probably of greater import to Western (especially recent Western) readers anyhow--as is the term "Tantrism" itself, also studiously avoided here (Herbert Guenther is cited: "...probably one of the haziest notions and misconceptions the Western mind has evolved" [p.
This is not the place to explain tantric beliefs and practices in detail, but the following principle is of central significance: 'In Tantrism, sexual union is ritual and ritual is frequently explained in sexual terms.
He says the practice of human sacrifices is largely associated with the cult of Tantrism, a spiritual movement which originated in medieval India.
One says that the king Trloya Malla, who used to practice tantrism, had direct contact with the goddess and they both used to play dice and discuss the well-being of the country.
Braginsky, 'The science of women and the jewel: The synthesis of Tantrism and Sufism in a corpus of mystical texts from Aceh', Indonesia and the Malay World 32, 93 (2004): 148-9.
Covering China and Japan in turn, they consider such topics as symbolic pregnancy and the sexual identity of Taoist adepts, the effectiveness of symbols: women's bodies as mandalas, "human yellow" and magical power in Japanese medieval tantrism and culture, and embryology in early modern Soto Zen Buddhism.
Within the non-Western traditions, Bataille's thought has been compared to Shamanism (90) and to Tantrism (91), and to the views of the 20th century guru on laughter, Osho.
(4) Chou Yi-Liang "Tantrism in China", Harvard Journal of Asian Studies, vol.
Yoga is quite secular and does not identify with any faith in its approach though at its origin in the 11th century it was associated with Tantrism and other Hindu philosophies.