tantra

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n Tantra 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
    • n tantra any of a fairly recent class of Hindu or Buddhist religious literature concerned with ritual acts of body and speech and mind
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Tantra tăn"trȧ; tŭn"trȧ (Hinduism) A ceremonial treatise related to Puranic and magic literature; esp., one of the sacred works of the worshipers of Sakti.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n tantra One of a class of recent Sanskrit religious works, in which mysticism and magic play a great part. They are chiefly in the form of a dialogue between Siva and his wife. There are also Buddhist tantras, of a somewhat similar character.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Tantra tan′tra in Sanscrit literature, one of the religious text-books of the numerous sects of S'âktas—i.e. worshippers of the S'akti, or active divine energy, personified in some female deity, esp. in one of the many forms of Pârvatî, the wife of S'iva
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Sans. tantra, thread, fundamental doctrine.

Usage

In literature:

Such originality I have not found in those Tantras which are accessible.
"Hinduism and Buddhism, Vol I. (of 3)" by Charles Eliot
The topics treated of in the Tantras are divided into Kriya (ritual), Carya (apparently corresponding to Vinaya), Yoga, and Anuttara-yoga.
"Hinduism And Buddhism, Volume II. (of 3)" by Charles Eliot
The Tibetan Canon being later than the Chinese has lost the Abhidharma and added a large section of Tantras.
"Hinduism and Buddhism, An Historical Sketch, Vol. 3 (of 3)" by Charles Eliot
And then there was the handsome dog, Tantra-Bogus, one of Flaxie's best friends.
"The Twin Cousins" by Sophie May
Most of the Puranas and the Tantras are cast in that form.
"India, Its Life and Thought" by John P. Jones
The Jangams are in all respects opposed to licentiousness, which is the main-spring of the Tantras.
"Phallic Miscellanies" by Hargrave Jennings
The Pancha-Tantra was translated into Arabic, and became the source of the voluminous Kalilah-wa-Dimnah literature.
"The Moral Instruction of Children" by Felix Adler
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In news:

Some may even find an element of spirituality here, and play with "touch meditation", Tantra, or explore different states of consciousness ("the cuddling hormone" oxytocin can produce quite an altered state).
LA ' tantra massage' website tied to arson suspect's mother.
The mother of Harry Burkhart, the 24-year-old German man suspected in the four-day, Los Angeles arson spree, has apparant ties to a local " tantra massage" website.
A leggy blond in a curve-hugging pink dress stretches out on a leopard-print couch, her eyes shut and her face relaxed — she's oblivious to the very public arena of Tantra (1445 Pennsylvania Ave, Miami Beach, 305-672-4765).
The confessions of Anusara founder John Friend inspired Broad's most recent article, in which he equates Tantra Yoga with sex and the Kama Sutra, disregarding the extensive history of the Tantric tradition.
He even claims, incorrectly, that Tantra is the basis for all other modern forms of yoga.
Tantra is really catching on, even among those of us who don't particularly want to be part of a 24-hour coitus session.
This ain't your (Earth) mama's tantra .
Listen to the chants of Tibetan Buddhism (Tantras of Gyuto), David Hykes and the Harmonic Choir (Harmonic Meetings), Herbie Mann (Gagaku & Beyond), Niorin Ni Rianin (Caoineadh na Maighdine), Meredith Monk (Dolmen Music), Laurie Anderson (Mr.
This sexy sequence, designed by Patricia Johnson and Mark Michaels, co-authors of Tantra for Erotic Empowerment, is the perfect way to get his blood pumping—and yours.
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