TANTRA/TANTRIC PRACTICES

▲Kathy Kiefer

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TANTRA/TANTRIC PRACTICES

Tantra is the name given by scholars to a style of meditation and ritual which arose in India no later than the 5th century AD. The earliest documented use of the word “Tantra” is in the Rigveda.  Tantra has influenced the Hindu, Bon, Buddhist and Jain traditions and Silk Road transmission of Buddhism that spread Buddhism to East and Southeast Asia.

A tantra is a divinely revealed body of teachings, explaining what is necessary and what is a hindrance in the practice of the worship of God; and also describing the specialized initiation and purification ceremonies that are the necessary prerequisites of Tantric practice.   It could also mean a person who, irrespective of caste, creed or religion, aspires for spiritual expansion or does something concrete, is a Tantric. Tantra in itself is neither a religion nor an “ism”. Tantra is a fundamental spiritual science. So wherever there is…

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