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'''Tantra''' (Skt.; Tib. རྒྱུད་, ''gyü''; [[Wyl.]] ''rgyud'') — the term’s basic meaning is ‘thread’ or ‘continuity’. In its more specific usages, the term can mean:
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'''Tantra''' (Skt.; Tib. རྒྱུད་, ''gyü'', [[Wyl.]] ''rgyud'') — the term’s basic meaning is ‘thread’ or ‘continuity’. In its more specific usages, the term can mean:
 
*the key texts of the [[Vajrayana]]
 
*the key texts of the [[Vajrayana]]
 
:On this particular meaning of the term, [[Sogyal Rinpoche]] writes:
 
:On this particular meaning of the term, [[Sogyal Rinpoche]] writes:
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*the [[Vajrayana]], as opposed to the [[sutra]] vehicle
 
*the [[Vajrayana]], as opposed to the [[sutra]] vehicle
 
*the ‘mental continuum’ or mindstream
 
*the ‘mental continuum’ or mindstream
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==Subdivisions of Tantric Texts==
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*root tantras (རྩ་རྒྱུད་, Wyl. ''rtsa rgyud'') and
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*explanatory tantras (བཤད་རྒྱུད་, Wyl. ''bshad rgyud'')
  
 
==Notes==
 
==Notes==
 
<small><references/></small>
 
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==Subdivisions of Tantra Texts==
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==Further Reading==
*root tantras (རྩ་རྒྱུད་, Wyl. ''rtsa rgyud'') and
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*[[Jamgön Kongtrul]], ''The Treasury of Knowledge, Book Six, Part Four: Systems of Buddhist Tantra'', Snow Lion, 2005
*explanatory tantras (བཤད་རྒྱུད་, Wyl. ''bshad rgyud'')
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*Longchen Yeshe Dorje, [[Kangyur Rinpoche]] and [[Jigme Lingpa]], ''[[Treasury of Precious Qualities]] Book Two'' (Boston & London: Shambhala, 2013), pages 89-107.
  
 
==Internal Links==
 
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*[[Four classes of tantra]]
 
*[[Four classes of tantra]]
 
*[[Six classes of tantra]]
 
*[[Six classes of tantra]]
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*[[agama]]
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*[[upadesha]]
  
 
==External Links==
 
==External Links==
*{{84000|http://read.84000.co/#!Section/O4JW3334JW814|Tantra collection}}
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*{{84000|http://read.84000.co/section/O1JC114941JC20565.html|Tantra collection}}
*{{84000|http://read.84000.co/#!Section/O4JW3334JW1302|Olt Tantras}}
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*{{84000|http://read.84000.co/section/O1JC114941JC20566.html|Old Tantras}}
 
 
==Further Reading==
 
*[[Jamgön Kongtrul]], ''The Treasury of Knowledge, Book Six, Part Four: Systems of Buddhist Tantra'', Snow Lion, 2005
 
  
 
[[Category:Key Terms]]
 
[[Category:Key Terms]]
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[[Category:Sanskrit Terms]]
 
[[Category:Texts]]
 
[[Category:Texts]]
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[[Category:Vajrayana]]
 
[[Category:Tantras]]
 
[[Category:Tantras]]
 
[[Category:84000 Translations]]
 
[[Category:84000 Translations]]

Latest revision as of 11:16, 20 June 2019

Tantra (Skt.; Tib. རྒྱུད་, gyü, Wyl. rgyud) — the term’s basic meaning is ‘thread’ or ‘continuity’. In its more specific usages, the term can mean:

On this particular meaning of the term, Sogyal Rinpoche writes:
The tantras are the teachings and writings that set out the practices of Vajrayana Buddhism, the stream of Buddhism prevalent in Tibet. The tantric teachings are based on the principle of the transformation of impure vision into pure vision, through working with the body, energy, and mind. Tantric texts usually describe the mandala and meditation practices associated with a particular enlightened being or deity. Although they are called tantras, the Dzogchen tantras are a specific category of the Dzogchen teachings, which are not based on transformation but on self-liberation.[1]
  • the Vajrayana, as opposed to the sutra vehicle
  • the ‘mental continuum’ or mindstream

Subdivisions of Tantric Texts

  • root tantras (རྩ་རྒྱུད་, Wyl. rtsa rgyud) and
  • explanatory tantras (བཤད་རྒྱུད་, Wyl. bshad rgyud)

Notes

  1. Sogyal Rinpoche, The Tibetan Book of Living and Dying, revised and updated edition, Harper San Francisco, 2002, page 404.

Further Reading

Internal Links

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