Historical-Cultural Bibliography of Tantra: History, Philosophy and Practice

by David Yarian, Ph.D.

Hindu Tantrism

Sures Chandra Banerji, Tantra in Bengal: a Study in its Origin, Development and Influence, New Delhi: Manohar Publications, 1992.

Sures Chandra Banerji, A Brief History of Tantra Literature, Calcutta: Naya Prokash, 1988.

Agehananda Bharati, The Tantric Tradition, Garden City: Anchor Books, 1970.

Brajamadhava Bhattacharya, The World of Tantra, New Delhi: Munshiram Manoharlal, 1988.

Narendra Nath Bhattacharyya, History of Indian Erotic Literature, New Delhi: Munshiram Manoharlal, 1975.

Narendra Nath Bhattacharyya, History of the Tantric Religion: a Historical, Ritualistic and Philosophical Study, New Delhi: Manohar, 1999.

Douglas Renfrew Brooks, The Secret of the Three Cities: an Introduction To Hindu Sakta Tantrism, Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1990.

Douglas Renfrew Brooks, Auspicious Wisdom: The Texts and Traditions of Srividya Sakta Tantrism in South India, Albany: SUNY Press, 1992.

Douglas Renfrew Brooks, “Esoteric Knowledge and the Tradition of the Preceptors”, In Donald S. Lopez, Jr., ed., Religions of India in Practice, Princeton: Princeton University Press, 1995.

Sarah Caldwell, Oh Terrifying Mother: Sexuality, Violence and Worship Of the Goddess Kali, New York: Oxford University Press, 1999.

Sarah Caldwell, “The Heart of the Secret: A Personal and Scholarly Encounter with Shakta Tantrism in Siddha Yoga”, in The Unknown, Remembered Gate: Religious Experience and Hermeneutical Reflection, Elliot Wolfson and Jeffrey J. Kripal, eds., New York: Seven Bridges Press, 2004.

E. C. Dimock, The Place of the Hidden Moon: Erotic Mysticism in the Vaisnava Sahajiya Cult of Bengal, Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1966.

Mark S. G. Dyczkowski, The Canon of the Saivagama and the Kubjika Tantras of The Western Kaula Tradition, Albany: SUNY Press, 1987.

Georg Feuerstein, Tantra: the Path of Ecstasy, Boston: Shambhala, 1998.

Sanjukta Gupta, et.al., Hindu Tantrism, Leiden: E. J. Brill, 1979.

Katherine Anne Harper, et.al., ed., The Roots of Tantra, Albany: SUNY Press, 2002.

Sudhir Kakar, “Tantra and Tantric Healing” in Shamans, Mystics and Doctors: A Psychological Inquiry into India and its Healing Traditions, Chicago: University Of Chicago Press 1991.

David Kinsley, Tantric Visions of the Feminine: the Ten Mahavidyas, Berkeley: University of California Press, 1997.

Jeffrey J. Kripal, Kali’s Child: The Mystical and the Erotic in the Life and Teachings Of Ramakrishna, Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1995.

Jeffrey J. Kripal, Roads of Excess, Palaces of Wisdom: Eroticism and Reflexivity in The Study of Mysticism, Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2001.

Jeffrey J. Kripal, “Secret Talk: Sexual Identity and the Politics of the Study of Hindu Tantrism”, Harvard Divinity Bulletin, Winter 2001.

Jeffrey J. Kripal, et.al., eds., Encountering Kali: In the Margins, at the Center, in the West, Berkeley: University of California Press, 2003.

Jeffrey J. Kripal, “On the Fearful Art of Writing Left-Handed: Some Personal and Theoretical Reflections on Translating the Kathamrta into American English”, in In the Flesh: Eros, Secrecy, and Power in the Vernacular Tantric Traditions Of India, ed. Hugh B. Urban et.al., Albany: SUNY Press, in press.

Paul Eduardo Muller-Ortega, The Triadic Heart of Siva: Kaula Tantricism of Abhinavagupta in the Non-Dual Shaivism of Kashmir, Albany: SUNY Press, 1989.

Andre Padoux, “Hindu Tantric Literature”, in Encyclopedia of Religions, ed. Mircea Eliade, New York: Macmillan, 1987, 6, 365-367.

Andre Padoux, “Tantrism”, in Encyclopedia of Religions, ed. Mircea Eliade, New York: Macmillan, 1987, 14, 272-280.

Alexis Sanderson, “Saivism and the Tantric Tradition”, in The World’s Religions, ed. S. Sutherland et.al., London: Routledge and Kegan Paul, 1988.

Prem Saran, Tantra: Hedonism in Indian Culture, New Delhi: DK Printworld, 1998.

Lillian Silburn, Kundalini: the Energy of the Depths, Albany: SUNY Press, 1988.

Kathleen Taylor, Sir John Woodroffe, Tantra, and Bengal: “An Indian Soul in a European Body”?, Richmond, England: Curzon Press, 2001.

Pandit Rajmani Tigunait, Tantra Unveiled: Seducing the Forces of Matter and Spirit, Honesdale, PA: Himalayan Institute Press, 1999.

Hugh. B. Urban, “The Extreme Orient: The Construction of ‘Tantrism’ as a Category In the Orientalist Imagination”, Religion, 1999, 29, 123-146.

Hugh B. Urban, The Economics of Ecstasy: Tantra, Secrecy and Power in Colonial Bengal, New York: Oxford University Press, 2001.

Hugh B. Urban, Tantra: Sex, Secrecy, Politics and Power in the Study of Religion, Berkeley: University of California Press, 2003.

Hugh B. Urban, et.al., eds., In the Flesh: Eros, Secrecy, and Power in the Vernacular Tantric Traditions of India, Albany: SUNY Press, in press.

David Gordon White, The Alchemical Body: Siddha Traditions in Medieval India, Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1996.

David Gordon White, “Transformations in the Art of Love: Kamakala Practices in Hindu Tantric and Kaula Traditions”, History of Religions, 1998, 38, 172-98.

David Gordon White, “Tantric Sects and Tantric Sex: The Flow of Secret Tantric Gnosis”, in Elliot Wolfson, ed., Rending the Veil: Concealment and Secrecy In the History of Religions, New York: Seven Bridges Press, 1999.

David Gordon White, ed., Tantra in Practice, Princeton: Princeton University Press, 2000.

David Gordon White, Kiss of the Yogini: “Tantric Sex” in its South Asian Contexts, Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2003.

Elliot Wolfson and Jeffrey J. Kripal, eds., The Unknown, Remembered Gate: Religious Experience and Hermeneutical Reflection, New York: Seven Bridges Press, 2004.

Tantric Buddhism

Gedun Chopel et.al., Tibetan Arts of Love, Ithaca: Snow Lion Publications, 1992.

Daniel Cozort, Highest Yoga Tantra, Ithaca: Snow Lion Publications, 1986.

Ronald M. Davidson, Indian Esoteric Buddhism: a Social History of the Tantric Movement, New York: Columbia University Press, 2002.

Ronald M. Davidson, Tibetan Renaissance: Tantric Buddhism in the Rebirth of Tibetan Culture and the Rise of Sakya, New York: Columbia University Press, 2005.

Keith Dowman, Sky Dancer: The Secret Life and Songs of the Lady Yeshe Tsogyel, Ithaca: Snow Lion Publications, 1996.

Bernard Faure, The Red Thread: Buddhist Approaches to Sexuality, Princeton: Princeton University Press, 1998.

David N. Gellner, Monk, Householder and Tantric Priest: Newar Buddhism and its Hierarchy of Ritual, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1992.

Herbert V. Guenther, The Tantric View of Life, Berkeley, CA: Shambhala, 1972.

Herbert V. Guenther and Chogyam Trungpa, The Dawn of Tantra, Berkeley, CA: Shambhala, 1975.

Peter D. Hershock, Liberating Intimacy: Enlightenment and Social Virtuosity in Ch’an Buddhism, Albany: SUNY Press, 1996.

Jeffrey Hopkins, The Tantric Distinction: An Introduction to Tibetan Buddhism, London: Wisdom Publications, 1984.

Jeffrey Hopkins, Sex, Orgasm and the Mind of Clear Light: The Sixty-Four Arts of Gay Male Love, Berkeley: North Atlantic Books, 1998.

Jeffrey Hopkins, Tantra in Tibet, Diederichs GmbH and Co., KG, Verlag Eugen, 1999.

Donald S. Lopez, Jr., Prisoners of Shangri-La: Tibetan Buddhism and the West, Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1998.

Reginald A. Ray, Secret of the Vajra World: the Tantric Buddhism of Tibet, Boston: Shambhala, 2002.

Khetsun Sangpo, Tantric Practice in Nying-Ma, Ithaca: Snow Lion Publications, 1982.

Miranda Shaw, Passionate Enlightenment: Women in Tantric Buddhism, Princeton: Princeton University Press, 1994.

David L. Snellgrove, “Tibetan Buddhism” in The Encyclopedia of Religion, Mircea Eliade, ed., New York: Macmillan, 1987, 2, 493-498.

David L. Snellgrove, Indo-Tibetan Buddhism: Indian Buddhists and Their Tibetan Successors, Boston: Shambhala, 1987.

John Stevens, Lust for Enlightenment: Buddhism and Sex, Boston: Shambhala, 1990.

Chogyam Trungpa, Journey Without Goal: The Tantric Wisdom of the Buddha, Boston: Shambhala, 1985.

Chogyam Trungpa, Crazy Wisdom, Boston: Shambhala, 1991.

Chogyam Trungpa, The Lion’s Roar: An Introduction to Tantra, Boston: Shambhala, 1992.

Yeshe Tsogyal, Dakini Teachings, Boston: Shambhala, 1990.

Vesna A. Wallace, The Inner Kalacakratantra: A Buddhist Tantric View of the Individual, New York: Oxford University Press, 2001.

Alex Wayman, The Buddhist Tantras: Light on Indo-Tibetan Esotericism, New York: Samuel Weiser, 1973.

Alex Wayman, “Esoteric Buddhism”, in The Encyclopedia of Religion, ed. Mircea Eliade, New York: Macmillan, 1987, 2, 472-482.

Lama Yeshe, Introduction to Tantra: the Transformation of Desire, Boston: Wisdom Publications, 1987.

Chou Yi-Liang, “Tantrism in China”, Harvard Journal of Asiatic Studies, 1945, 8, 241-332.

Serinity Young, Courtesans and Tantric Consorts: Sexualities in Buddhist Narrative, Iconography and Ritual, Oxford, 2005.