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Tantra II: Buddhist

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Author(s): Lovász, Stephanie | Hüge, Ursula
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 Tantras, however. The texts are based on the foundation of the Mahayana philosophy (esp. Mādhyamika), and integrate an elaborate ritualistics, magical practices, and elements of → …