Definitions for tantraˈtʌn trə, ˈtɑn-, ˈtæn-

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

Tan•traˈtʌn trə, ˈtɑn-, ˈtæn-(n.)(pl.)-tras.

  1. (italics) any of several books of esoteric Hindu doctrine regarding rituals, meditation, etc., composed in the form of dialogues between Shiva and his Shakti.

    Category: Eastern Religions

  2. (l.c.)the exoteric philosophy or practice based on these writings: influential in Buddhism, esp. in Tibet.

    Category: Eastern Religions

Origin of Tantra:

< Skt

Tan′tric(adj.)

Princeton's WordNet

  1. tantra(noun)

    any of a fairly recent class of Hindu or Buddhist religious literature concerned with ritual acts of body and speech and mind

  2. Tantra, Tantrism(noun)

    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

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  1. tantra(Noun)

    A Hindu or Buddhist religious or esoteric text.

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  1. Tantra

    Tantra is the name scholars give to a style of meditation and ritual that arose in medieval India no later than the fifth century CE. The earliest documented use of the word Tantra is in the Hindu text, the Rigveda. Tantra has influenced the Hindu, Sikh, Bön, Buddhist, and Jain traditions and spread with Buddhism to East Asia and Southeast Asia.

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