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Tantric Buddhism defined as a form of Buddhism employs the use of spells symbols very complicated rituals and the acquisition of magical powers in order to reach a stage of enlightenmentChan Others use the term tantra to refer to systems of practice and meditation derived from esoteric texts emphasizing cognitive transformation through visualization symbols and ritualPowers My personal understanding of Tantric Buddhism is a method of practicing Buddhism by different forms of meditation to detach oneself from worldly possessions desire and dislike ect with a goal of spiritual enlightenment Tantric Buddhism also known as Vajrayana is a combination of concepts ideas and practices from Hinayana and Mahayana teachings It is said to be three parts or elements to the path Vajrayana First a foundation of ideas are established in the Hinayana texts and teachings Second Mahayana forms a practical and more structured set of practices that were developed from the Hinayana ideas Third the combination of both teachings now having a set structure to form a finalized approach to life Vajrayana To complete the journey through Vajrayana one must travel and understand the first two sections Hinayana and Mahayana before enabling themselves to reach the third Vajrayana I-Hinayana Mahayana The term Hinayana is expressed as a vehicle of insignificance The second portion of word Hinayana is yana meaning vehicle or vessel The first section of Hinayana is Hina which has a number of different translations It varies between small narrow lesser minor non-important and even despicable signifying bad qualities Hinayana teachings explore the conception of individual and personal salvation from an inferior being It is thought that all beings are within samsara circle of birth life and death through reincarnation and live a life of suffering One must apply themselves through meditation practices to become aware of ones mindfulness and develop insight into daily life The ideas of Hinayana teach one to be concerned and conscious of their expansion of
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