Four classes of tantra

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Four classes of tantra — the Sarma tradition of new translation schools, recognizes four classes of tantra:

Three outer classes

One inner class of tantra, which is called

The latter is divided into three:

See also six classes of tantra, of the Nyingma school.


  1. The Kalachakra Tantra can be designated either as a mother tantra or non-dual tantra. See Kalachakra Tantra, Rite of Initiation by the Dalai Lama and Jeffrey Hopkins (London: Wisdom, 1985) pages 165-6.