Vajrayana (Tantric) Buddhism
Definition: Vajrayana (Tantric) Buddhism
Religious movement and doctrine that flourished from the 6th to the 11th century, embodying both the Yogacara discipline that emphasizes the ultimacy of the mind and the Madhyamika philosophy that emphasizes the rejection of any relativistic principle. This form of Buddhism also marks the transition from Mahayana speculative, abstract thought to the practical application of Buddhist ideas to everyday life.
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