Encyclopedia of Psychology and Religion

2020 Edition
| Editors: David A. Leeming


  • Kathryn MaddenEmail author
Reference work entry
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-030-24348-7_682
Tantrism is a religious and philosophical movement appearing in India around 400 CE that existed within both Hinduism and Buddhism. In medieval India, Tantrism was a common element of all the major religions. Tantrism focuses upon ritual aspects that involve the use of the physical in sacred and worshipful settings to access the supernatural. Tantrism also can be traced to Jainism and Bön, and elements of Tantric practice are also evident in Burma, China, Japan, Mongolia, and Tibet. The word Tantrism originates from the Sanskrit word Tantra:
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  1. 1.National Institute for the PsychotherapiesNew YorkUSA