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Tantric Literature: Overview South Asia
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Tantras are scriptures, in that they purport to be the teachings of a buddha, whether the “historical” buddha Śākyamuni, or a sambhogakāya, or, sometimes, the teachings of a “cosmic” or transcendent buddha that are supposed to be taught also by all buddhas including Śākyamuni. It might be said that tantras give more importance than other Buddhist scriptures to the use of mantras that ar…

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Harunaga Isaacson and Francesco Sferra, “Tantric Literature: Overview South Asia”, in: Encyclopedia of Buddhism Online, Editor-in-Chief: Consulting Editors: Jonathan A. Silk, Oskar von Hinüber, Vincent Eltschinger. Consulted online on 25 June 2022 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2467-9666_enbo_COM_0026>
First published online: 2020
First print edition: 20151231

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