from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. Any of a comparatively recent class of Hindu or Buddhist religious literature written in Sanskrit and concerned with powerful ritual acts of body, speech, and mind.
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- n. A Hindu or Buddhist religious or esoteric text.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A ceremonial treatise related to Puranic and magic literature; esp., one of the sacred works of the worshipers of Sakti.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. One of a class of recent Sanskrit religious works, in which mysticism and magic play a great part.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. any of a fairly recent class of Hindu or Buddhist religious literature concerned with ritual acts of body and speech and mind
- 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
Here, since the text indicates primarily the cleansing of the everlasting continuum of the mind when it is tarnished with fleeting stains, and thus since it concerns the everlasting mental continuum, it includes the term tantra, meaning everlasting continuum, in its title.
The term tantra refers to this intricately interwoven subject matter and the texts that discuss it.
The word tantra (rgyud) means an everlasting continuum.
The root of the word tantra means to stretch or to continue without a break.
Moreover, the word tantra has the connotation of something that goes on and on with continuity, something that continues over time with connection from prior to later moments.
Further, everlasting continuums may also refer to meanings discussed by words or the words of texts discussing them, as is the case when the word tantra refers to the secret mantra teachings.
The way she writes you might think that tantra is a solid, inescapable fact of true polyamorous living, and that every polyamorist is a spiritual yogi seeking enlightenment through the energies released and shared during intercourse, provided of course that one has taken the time to properly align one’s chakras.
Our notions of being tight, of holding tension, anger and frustration are the opposite of the notion of tantra where you find what you intend to find, give it attention and then (physically and spiritually) stretch.
The Sanskrit word tantra comes from the same root that gives us the words 'intend', 'attend' and 'stretch'.
The term tantra has taken on explicitly sexual meanings in popular American usage, and Gaskin's tantric approach to masculinity did involve prescriptions for men's sexual behavior.