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  Tantric Buddhism - sexual pantheism.
Tantric Buddhism is a pantheism of the world-accepting variety which sees nirvana in the midst of sense-phenomena.
Tantric Buddhism also laid great emphasis on mantras (incantations), on mudras (symbolic gestures) and on mandalas (symbolic diagrams of deities and cosmic forces), as well as on magic and a multiplicity of deities.
Tantric Buddhism probably began around 300 AD as an esoteric development among small circles of initiates, passed down from guru to pupil.
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 Tantrism and the Vehicle of the Thunderbolt
Mahayana Buddhism divided into two central schools, the Madhyamika, or "Doctrine of the Middle Position," and the Vijnanavada, or "Doctrine of Consciousness." Each of these schools believed that all of physical reality was an illusion.
One form of Tantric Buddhism was similar to this.
Buddhism, however, was slowly fading off of the Indian landscape; Tantrism came on the scene just as Buddhism began to slowly lose its vitality.
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  Wisdom Books - Tantric Buddhism in India
Tantric texts began to appear in India by the third century CE and they continue through to Buddhism’s effective disappearance from India during the twelfth century.
Tantric Buddhism is in general concerned with particular types of meditation and ritual that are seen as especially powerful and efficacious.
Tantric techniques are generally centered on the ritual evocation and worship of deities who are usually conceived of as awakened, enlightened.
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  "Tantric" Means
Tantric or more rarely, tantrik, is the adjectival form of tantra and it has come to mean continuous, or continuity in the sense of unbroken.
Tantric texts stress that practice with consorts is not a form of sexual indulgence, but rather a form of controlled visualization that uses the special bliss of sexual union.
In a well-known warning given by master to student, he or she who embarks upon the tantric path may be compared to a small snake inside a hollow bamboo tube.
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 tantric buddhism,History,practice,nivana,samadhi,buddha,zen
Nikaya Buddhism and consequently Theravada are sometimes referred to by the Mahayana as Hinayana or "small vehicle", although this is considered by some to be impolite.
Chinese Buddhism, Korean Buddhism, Japanese Buddhism, and Vietnamese Buddhism.
In Mahayana Buddhism, the Buddha, transcending his mere physical form, is viewed as a boundless, beginningless and endless being, present in all times and all places, yet beyond the reach of logic or mundane conceptualisation.
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 The religion of Buddhism
Buddhism was founded in Northern India by the first known Buddha, Siddhartha Gautama.
Theravada Buddhism (sometimes called Southern Buddhism; occasionally spelled Therevada) "has been the dominant school of Buddhism in most of Southeast Asia since the thirteenth century, with the establishment of the monarchies in Thailand, Burma, Cambodia and Laos.
Zen Buddhism is becoming increasingly popular in the West.
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 Wisdom Publications :: Tantric Buddhism
While the tantric Buddhism found in the Indian and Tibetan traditions is increasingly recognized, in East Asia tantric Buddhism remains largely unknown.
The Tantric Distinction is his effort to make accessible the complexities of this highly sophisticated philosophy by sharing his personal, individual experience with buddhist thought and practice.
Vajrayogini is a tantric goddess from the highest class of Buddhist tantras who manifests the ultimate development of wisdom and compassion.
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 Shaw, M.: Passionate Enlightenment: Women in Tantric Buddhism.
The crowning cultural achievement of medieval India, Tantric Buddhism is known in the West primarily for the sexual practices of its adherents, who strive to transform erotic passion into spiritual ecstasy.
Historians of religion have long held that the enlightenment thus attempted was for men only, and that women in the movement were at best marginal and subordinated and at worst degraded and exploited.
Miranda Shaw argues to the contrary, presenting extensive new evidence of the outspoken and independent female founders of the Tantric movement and their creative role in shaping its distinctive vision of gender relations and sacred sexuality.
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Tantric Buddhism is unique among Buddhist sub-traditions in its acceptance of the body and sense experience as sources of knowledge and power.
Tantric Buddhists eulogized the body as an "abode of bliss" and boldly affirmed that desire, sexuality, and pleasure can be embraced on the path to enlightenment.
Tantric Buddhism, which is sometimes separated from the Mahayana as a distinct "Thunderbolt - Vehicle" (Vajrayana), became especially important in Tibet, where it was introduced starting in the 7th century.
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 ebuddhaindia.com -Tantric Buddhism -   (Site not responding. Last check: )
TANTRIC Buddhism was the crowning cultural achievement of Pala period India (eighth through twelfth centuries) and an internationally influential movement that swept throughout Asia, where it has survived in many countries to the present day.
The Tantrics believed that self-mastery was to be tested amidst family life, the tumult of town and marketplace, the awesome spectacles of a cremation ground, and the dangers of isolated wilderness areas.
Tantric Buddhism drew adherents from competing faiths, expanded geographically into every region of the Indian subcontinent, and continued outward on a triumphal sweep of the Himalayas, East Asia, and Southeast Asia.
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 Vajrayana Buddhism
The most important aspect of the tantric path is to 'use the result as the Path'; which means that rather than placing full enlightenment as a goal far away in the future, one tries to identify with the enlightened body, speech and mind of a Buddha.
Tantric techniques may initially appear to consist of ritualistic nonsense; however, it should only be practiced on the basis of a thorough understanding of Buddhist philosophy and strictly following the traditions.
From this point of view the esoteric Vajrayana is the only Buddhist teaching which is not a compromise with the limited nature of the audience to which it is directed, since the teachings are said to be the Dharmakaya (the principle of enlightenment) in the form of Mahavairocana, engaging in a monologue with himself.
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 Erowid Buddhism Vaults : History
The paradoxical metaphysics of Buddhism could be assimilated to the similar paradoxical doctrines of the native Chinese philosophical school of Taoism.
Tantric magic could be worked through man[.]d[.]alas, sacred diagrams, mantras, sacred formulas for recitation (the most famous one being, "Om, mane padme hum"--"The jewel is in the lotus"), and mudrâs, sacred gestures.
This Tantric magic could be merely thaumaturgical ("wonder working") or could be regarded as means of achieving liberation in addition to or apart from meditative or meritorious practices.
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 Buddhism the Teachings of the Buddha
Buddhism is a philosophy taught by Prince Siddhartha approximately 530 BCE, which focused on understanding the path to salvation in a world of constant suffering.
In Buddhism, wisdom is the experience and understanding of the impermanence of material things and that those tat are impermanent are not a part of the ultimate reality.
In Buddhism, Compassion means to strive for an understanding that all beings are in a situation similar to ours, and that we should thus be ready to sympathize and provide caring.
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 Tibetan Buddhism - Free Encyclopedia of Thelema
Tibetan Buddhism, (formerly also called Lamaism after their religious gurus known as lamas), is the body of religious Buddhist doctrine and institutions characteristic of Tibet and the Himalayan region.
It is a school within Tantric Buddhism (also called Vajrayana Buddhism), which in turn is part of the great Mahayana school.
The influence of Buddhism was not great, however, and the form was certainly not tantric as the earliest tantric sutras had just begun to be written in India.
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 Tantra Healing - Crystalinks
Tantric Yogi involves proper breathing and increased awareness of the energy centers of your body thus purifying the channels and chakras allowing the energies to flow freely through the body.
Buddhism was the crowning cultural achievement of Pala period India (eighth through twelfth centuries) and an internationally influential movement that swept throughout Asia, where it has survived in many countries to the present day.
It is one of the tenets of tantric philosophy that the discipline, the tantric lessons is reborn age to age.
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 Tantric Symbols
The vajra is probably a derivation of a weapon and a sceptre, and may have its origins in the trident and a mendicants' staff, and symbolises being indestructible, therefore sometimes compared to a diamond.
In Tibetan Buddhism, Mandalas come in two varieties; it can represent the conventional universe (see the image left), as it is used in the Mandala Offering Ritual, where one symbolically offers the entire universe.
The purpose of a mandala is to acquaint the student with the tantra, and thus allowing the student to identify with the deity and its surroundings as the mandala.
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 Tibetan Buddhism - ReligionFacts
Tibetan Buddhism (sometimes called Lamaism) is the form of Mahayana Buddhism that developed in Tibet and the surrounding Himalayan region beginning in the 7th century CE.
Tibetan Buddhism is most well-known to the world through the office of the Dalai Lama, the exiled spiritual and political leader of Tibet and the winner of the Nobel Peace Prize in 1989.
Tibetan Buddhism spread to the West in the second half of the 20th century as many Tibetan leaders were exiled from their homeland.
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 Buddhism - Crystalinks
Buddhism is a religion and philosophy that developed from the teachings of the Buddha Gautama (or Gautama), who lived as early as the 6th century BC.
Buddhism was transmitted into Tibet mainly during the 7th to 10th centuries.
Buddhism and its founder must be considered on the basis of this social structure which is confirmed in the oldest texts as well as in the modern Oxford History of India.
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