tantra

From Buddha-Nature
Sanskrit Noun

tantra

continuum
तन्त्र
རྒྱུད།
密宗

Basic Meaning

Tantra, when juxtaposed with Sūtra, generally refers to the scriptures and texts which discuss esoteric topics. While the term is used to refer to texts on other topics, it is mostly used to refer to the genre of scriptures and texts on themes and topics associated with Vajrayāna Buddhism.

Has the Sense of

The term implies a continuum or stream and is thus used to refer to scriptures which teach a substrate nature, such as buddha-nature, that underlies empirical phenomena.

Term Variations
Key Term tantra
Topic Variation tantra
Tibetan རྒྱུད།  ( gyu)
Wylie Tibetan Transliteration rgyud  ( gyu)
Devanagari Sanskrit तन्त्र  ( tantra)
Romanized Sanskrit tantra  ( tantra)
Chinese 密宗
Chinese Pinyin mìzōng
Buddha-nature Site Standard English continuum
Richard Barron's English Term tantra
Jeffrey Hopkin's English Term continuum
Ives Waldo's English Term continuum
Term Information
Source Language Sanskrit
Basic Meaning Tantra, when juxtaposed with Sūtra, generally refers to the scriptures and texts which discuss esoteric topics. While the term is used to refer to texts on other topics, it is mostly used to refer to the genre of scriptures and texts on themes and topics associated with Vajrayāna Buddhism.
Has the Sense of The term implies a continuum or stream and is thus used to refer to scriptures which teach a substrate nature, such as buddha-nature, that underlies empirical phenomena.
Related Terms sūtra, Vajrayāna
Term Type Noun
Definitions
Rangjung Yeshe Dictionary being, mind, stream, a) continuity, being b) Tantra. abbr. རྒྱུད་ Mahayoga.

1) tantra, tantra-texts, being [body, speech and mind], stream of being, mind-stream, continuity, continuum, "linked together", area, location, stream of existence, mind, heart, nature, existence.

2) the tantric teachings, texts.

3) via, through [sm. བརྒྱུད་.

4) bank, shore, coast, edge, side, range.

5) lineage, descent.

6) area, location.

6) individual, person

7) bow string མདོ་རྒྱུད་ sutra and tantra].

8) continuum [or continua], tantra, string, cord. mind-stream; tantra/ continuum; mind-stream

indirect, [opp to དངོས་ direct] [ggd]

mind; ex རང་གི་རྒྱུད་ལ་བརྟག་དཔྱད་པ་ examining your own mind

Stream-of-being, (sems rgyud). The individual continuity of cognition in an individual sentient being. continuity

tantra/ continuum (of being); mindstream

tantra. The Vajrayana teachings given by the Buddha in his sambhogakaya form. The real sense of tantra is 'continuity,' the innate buddha nature, which is known as the 'tantra of the expressed meaning.' The general sense of tantra is the extraordinary tantric scriptures also known as the 'tantra of the expressing words.' Can also refer to all the resultant teachings of Vajrayana as a whole
Tshig mdzod Chen mo གསང་སྔགས་དང་དེའི་གཞུང་རྣམས། མདོ་རྒྱུད། ཕ་རྒྱུད། མ་རྒྱུད། སྨན་གྱི་རྒྱུད་བཞི།
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