Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The doctrines of the tantras.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. The system of doctrines and rites taught in the tantras.
- n. movement within Buddhism combining elements of Hinduism and paganism
- n. doctrine of enlightenment as the realization of the oneness of one's self and the visible world; combines elements of Hinduism and paganism including magical and mystical elements like mantras and mudras and erotic rites; especially influential in Tibet
“Buddhism, but it was doubtless superior in discipline and coherency to the native superstitions mixed with debased tantrism, which it replaced.”
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