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Author(s): Ryugen Tanemura
The Guhyasamājatantra (Scripture of Esoteric Assembly) is one of the most influential scriptures in later Indian tantric Buddhism. The key term “esoteric assembly” here is explained in the scripture itself (ch. 18) as the aggregate ( samāja) of body, speech, and mind ( guhya). It is the principal scripture of the yogottaratantra class, the wave following the yogatantra in the historical development of tantric literature. In this scripture, esoteric eroticism, only marginal in the yogatantras, has moved to the foreground, and multi-faced, multi-armed male deities are r…