The Hevajratantra is the most important scripture of the yoginītantra class. Shortly after its appearance around 900 CE in East India, it engendered - or promoted in a codified form - a widespread and influential cult of its eponymous deity and his retinue; its teachings became of such authority that there were hardly any esoteric Buddhist authors who could afford to ignore them. While the text continued the antinomian tradition set out in the Guhyasamājatantra and the Sarvabuddhasamāyogaḍākinījālaśaṃvara, it also introduced a number of innovations - most importantly the doctrine of the four blisses - and it is noted for skillfully blending the world of tantric ritual practice and non-esoteric Mahāyāna doctrine. Compared to the other emblematic yoginītantra,the Herukābhidhāna, the Hevajratantra can be said to contain much more theological and philosophical material, showing a confident grounding in the Buddhist world. (Source: Brill's Encyclopedia of Buddhism: Literature and Languages, edited by Jonathan A. Silk, Oskar von Hinüber, and Vincent Eltschinger, 334. Leiden: Brill, 2015.)
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- Snellgrove, D. L. The Hevajra Tantra: A Critical Study. Part 1, Introduction and Translation. London Oriental Series 6, pt. 1. London: Oxford University Press, 1959. https://archive.org/details/hevajratantraacriticalstudyintroductiontranslationdavidsnellgrovel.oupcomplete_202003_494_N/mode/2up.
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|Text exists in||~ Sanskrit|
|Canonical Genre||~ Kangyur · Tantra · rgyud|
|Literary Genre||~ Tantras - rgyud|
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