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Tantra II: Buddhist
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1. As it does in Hinduism, ‘Tantra’ in Buddhism denotes a system of texts that appeared in India in the second half of the first millennium, and that represent the groundwork of ‘esoteric Buddhism.’ The oldest texts date from around the fifth century CE. According to Buddhist Tantric tradition, the Tantras date back to the historical → Buddha or his pupils. Not all Buddhist schools acknowledge the …

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Lovász, Stephanie and Hüge, Ursula, “Tantra II: Buddhist”, in: The Brill Dictionary of Religion, Edited by Kocku von Stuckrad. Consulted online on 20 July 2019 <>
First published online: 2006
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004124332, 20051223

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