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Routledge Studies in Tantric Traditions


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Routledge Studies in Tantric Traditions is a major new monograph series which has been established to publish scholarship on south, east and southeast Asian tantric traditions. The series aims to promote the serious study of both Hindu and Buddhist tantric traditions through the publication of anthropological and textual studies and will not be limited to any one method. Indeed, the series would hope to promote the view that anthropological studies can be informed by texts and textual studies informed by anthropology. The series will therefore publish contemporary ethnographies from different regions, philological studies, philosophical studies, and historical studies of different periods which contribute to the academic endeavour to understand the role of tantric texts and their meaning in particular cultural contexts. In this way, the series will hope to establish what the continuities and divergencies are between Buddhist and Hindu tantric traditions and between different regions. The series will be a major contribution to the fields of Indology, Sinology, History of Religions, and Anthropology.

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An Indian Tantric Tradition and Its Modern Global Revival Contemporary Nondual Śaivism

An Indian Tantric Tradition and Its Modern Global Revival Contemporary Nondual Śaivism

1st Edition

Douglas Osto
March 12, 2020

This book analyzes the contemporary global revival of Nondual Śaivism, a thousand-year-old medieval Hindu religious philosophy. Providing a historical overview of the seminal people and groups responsible for the revival, the book compares the tradition’s medieval Indian origins to modern forms, ...

The Rādhā Tantra A critical edition and annotated translation

The Rādhā Tantra A critical edition and annotated translation

1st Edition

Mans Broo
June 10, 2019

The Rādhā Tantra is an anonymous 17th century tantric text from Bengal. The text offers a lively picture of the meeting of different religious traditions in 17th century Bengal, since it presents a Śākta version of the famous Vaiṣṇava story of Rādhā and Kṛṣṇa. This book presents a critically ...

Goddess Traditions in Tantric Hinduism History, Practice and Doctrine

Goddess Traditions in Tantric Hinduism History, Practice and Doctrine

1st Edition

Bjarne Wernicke Olesen
March 21, 2018

Hinduism cannot be understood without the Great Goddess and the goddess-orientated Śākta traditions. The Goddess pervades Hinduism at all levels, from aniconic village deities to high-caste pan-Hindu goddesses to esoteric, tantric goddesses. Nevertheless, the highly influential tantric forms of ...

Tantric Visual Culture A Cognitive Approach

Tantric Visual Culture A Cognitive Approach

1st Edition

Sthaneshwar Timalsina
May 25, 2017

Indian culture relies greatly on visual expression, and this book uses both classical Indian and contemporary Western philosophies and current studies on cognitive sciences, and applies them to contextualize Tantric visual culture. The work selects aspects of Tantric language and the practice of ...

Tantric Buddhist Practice in India Vilāsavajra’s commentary on the Mañjuśrī-nāmasaṃgīti

Tantric Buddhist Practice in India Vilāsavajra’s commentary on the Mañjuśrī-nāmasaṃgīti

1st Edition

Anthony Tribe
June 03, 2016

Using a commentary on the influential text, the Mañjuśrī-nāmasaṃgīti, ‘The Chanting of the Names of Mañjuśrī’, this book deals with Buddhist tantric meditation practice and its doctrinal context in early-medieval India. The commentary was written by the 8th-9th century Indian tantric scholar ...

Tantric Mantras Studies on Mantrasastra

Tantric Mantras Studies on Mantrasastra

1st Edition

Andre Padoux
July 23, 2015

Providing a systematic and complete overview of the highest scholarly quality on Tantric mantras in Hinduism, this book presents a summary on the nature of Tantric mantras, their phonetic aspect, structure and classifications. Additionally, it explains the metaphysical-theological nature of Tantric...

An Introduction to Tantric Philosophy The Paramarthasara of Abhinavagupta with the Commentary of Yogaraja

An Introduction to Tantric Philosophy The Paramarthasara of Abhinavagupta with the Commentary of Yogaraja

1st Edition

Lyne Bansat-Boudon, Kamalesha Datta Tripathi
February 15, 2013

The Paramārthasāra, or ‘Essence of Ultimate Reality’, is a work of the Kashmirian polymath Abhinavagupta (tenth–eleventh centuries). It is a brief treatise in which the author outlines the doctrine of which he is a notable exponent, namely nondualistic Śaivism, which he designates in his works ...

Identity, Ritual and State in Tibetan Buddhism The Foundations of Authority in Gelukpa Monasticism

Identity, Ritual and State in Tibetan Buddhism The Foundations of Authority in Gelukpa Monasticism

1st Edition

Martin A. Mills
July 01, 2010

This is a major anthropological study of contemporary Tibetan Buddhist monasticism and tantric ritual in the Ladakh region of North-West India and of the role of tantric ritual in the formation and maintenance of traditional forms of state structure and political consciousness in Tibet. Containing...

The Khecarividya of Adinatha A Critical Edition and Annotated Translation of an Early Text of Hathayoga

The Khecarividya of Adinatha A Critical Edition and Annotated Translation of an Early Text of Hathayoga

1st Edition

James Mallinson
April 01, 2010

Describing one of the most important practices of hathayoga (khecarimudra), the Khecarividya of Adinatha is presented here to an English-speaking readership for the first time. The author, James Mallinson, draws on thirty Sanskrit works, as well as original fieldwork amongst yogins in India who use...

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