The Tantra of Canda­maha­rosana

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The Tantra of Canda­maha­rosana (Skt. Caṇḍa­mahā­roṣaṇa­tantram; Tib. ཁྲོ་བོ་ཆེན་པོའི་རྒྱུད་, trowo chenpö gyü, Wyl. khro bo chen po'i rgyud) — appearing around the tenth or the eleventh century C.E., this tantra represents the flowering of the Yoginitantra genre. It offers instructions on how to attain the wisdom state of Buddha Canda­maharosana through the practice of the four joys. The tantra covers a range of practices and philosophical perspectives of late tantric Buddhism, including the development stage, the completion stage, the use of mantras, and a number of magical rites and rituals. The text is quite unique with its tribute to and elevation of women.


The Tibetan text is found in the Highest Yoga Tantra section of the Tibetan Kangyur, Toh 431.