Vajravarahitantra, Vajravārāhītantra, Vajravarahi-tantra: 1 definition


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Source: The Indian Buddhist Iconography

Vajravārāhītantra (वज्रवाराहीतन्त्र) is the name of a book dealing with Buddhist iconography.—Besides the above mentioned Niṣpannayogāvalī, there are numerous Tāntric texts which furnish considerable material for the study of Buddhist iconography of the Tāntric period with which this work primarily concerns itself. Some of the more important materials can be found in the original Tantra works such [viz., Vajravārāhītantra], and many others.  [...] Their handwritten copies can be found in the manuscript libraries such as the Durbar Library, Nepal; Asiatic Society’s Library, Bengal; University Library, Cambridge; Musee Guimet, Paris; and the Russian Academy of Sciences in Leningrad. Numerous such manuscripts are also to be found in the hundreds of Buddhist monasteries of Nepal at Kathmandu, Pattan and Bhatgaon.

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Tibetan Buddhism includes schools such as Nyingma, Kadampa, Kagyu and Gelug. Their primary canon of literature is divided in two broad categories: The Kangyur, which consists of Buddha’s words, and the Tengyur, which includes commentaries from various sources. Esotericism and tantra techniques (vajrayāna) are collected indepently.

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