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Current Call for Papers:

Tarka #7 | On Tantra

The word tantra is often associated with provocative images of kinky divinized sex. In contemporary India, it is common to associate tantra with malicious magic and sorcery. While these associations alone offer a distorted picture of a complex phenomenon, there are nonetheless kernels of truth in both of them. After all, tantra’s story is partly about antinomian practices, about techniques designed to harness embodied power, and about the elevation of hidden, ‘impure’ gestures – like sex – to the status of divine portals. But what is tantra, and where does it come from? What are the worldviews, philosophies, and theories of practice behind the different traditions of tantra?

Tantra was once a widespread religious phenomenon that extended across India, Nepal, and other parts of Central, East, and Southeast Asia. Given tantra’s variable emphasis on embodied transfiguration, the power of language, resistance to orthodox authority, and embrace of antinomian practices, tantrik traditions are especially relevant today. With philosophical treatises that easily rival those of other traditions in sophistication and complexity, they also offer radically alternative worldviews to that of our modern industrial status quo. They problematize understandings of the divine, religion, and spirituality that are often inflected with Judeo-Christian histories and assumptions.  And, while ancient, some of their esoteric technologies are arguably as practicable and relatable today as they were at the time of their historical origin.

While tantra is often popularly associated with Hindu traditions, tantra had a significant impact on Buddhist and also Jain traditions (indeed, it is well known that Tibetan Buddhism is a tantrik tradition). There is thus a great deal of variation within and between tantrik traditions, making the movement difficult to define conclusively. However, in this issue of Tarka, we will attempt to do just that, by offering insights into the phenomenon of tantra by attending to its various expressions through an exploration of texts, traditions and practices – both ancient and modern.

First emerging in a Hindu context around the early to mid first millennium CE, tantra’s popularity trickled off during the colonial period due to geo-political circumstances. Over the past several decades, however, as a result of the work of Swami Lakshmanjoo and a cabal of other spiritual teachers and passionate scholars translating and investigating the tantrik corpus, tantra is experiencing a modern renaissance

In this issue of Tarka, On Tantra, we will discuss the history, philosophy and practices of tantra as they are found in select Dharmic traditions. We will explore their similarities, differences, and will venture to respond to the question, “why now?” Why are the teachings and traditions of tantra resonating so deeply with spiritual seekers today? And what does this reflect about the historical moment we’re living in? 

We are seeking articles on topics that include, but are not limited to:

  • Cross-cultural and comparative work between tantrik and other theologies/philosophies.
  • Historical overview of Hindu tantra
  • Historical overview of Buddhist tantra
  • Theories of practice of Hindu tantra
  • Theories of practice of Buddhist tantra
  • What is the role of “non-dualism” in some tantrik traditions?
  • Similarities/differences between tantrik traditions
  • Contemporary tantrik communities/kulas
  • Socio-political perspectives from a tantrik lens
  • The apotheosis of Sanskrit in Hindu Tantra (mātṝkā śakti)
  • Iconography of tantrik gods and goddesses
  • Non-dualism from a Vedanta vs. Tantra perspective
  • What is kuṇḍalinī?
  • What is mantra?
  • What is śiva-śakti?
  • What is tantra?

Articles that meet the following criteria are especially welcome:

• Longer articles (3,000-4,000 words)
• Short articles that address key topics/terms by responding to the question, “What is…..?” or “Who is….?” (900-1200 words)
• Articles that detail a practice or a key element of practice  (500-2,000 words +/-)
• Book reviews
• Submissions of artwork and/or poetry are also welcome 

Abstract or intention to write due by July 1.  Papers due Sept 20, 2021.