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THE HEVAJRA TANTRA (2 Volumes) David Snellgrove

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THE HEVAJRA TANTRA (2 Volumes) David Snellgrove

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Snellgrove, D.L. (David Llewellyn). The Hevajra Tantra - A Critical Study.  London, Oxford University Press. 1980. 

Reprint. Hardcover. 8vo. 2 Volumes. 149, 188 pages. Black and white frontis photo plus one other full page photograph and a few diagrams. Former owner’s name and loction (with date) to upper front free endpaper. Copies belonged to the late interdisciplinary scientist, George Robert Talbott. Dust jackets are price-clipped and volume 1 jacket has a small invisible tape repair on inside of jacket. NEAR FINE IN NEAR FINE JACKETS

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Volume I: Introduction and Translation. Volume II: Sanskrit and Tibetan Texts. The first full authoritative and annotated translation of any Buddhist tantric text into English. A Buddhist Tantra of twenty chapters, thought to have originated in the eighth century. The name is based on the male deity Hevajra, a personified symbol for the Buddhist concept of a supreme being in the state of nonduality, and as such he is most often depicted or visualized in sexual union (yab-yum) with the goddess Nairatmya. The Hevajra Tantra teaches the Union of Skillful Means and Profound Cognition; and states that such union is helpful in achieving the magical powers known as siddhis. The text belongs to the higher or Inner Tantras. The Tantric reverence towards, and dependance on, women in general (and the yoni in particular), is stressed throughout.