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To: alt.magick,alt.pagan.magick,,alt.magick.tantra,alt.magick.tyagi
From: Lucky Mojo Curio Company 
Subject: Shingon/Tachikawa (was Re: Western Sex Magick)
Date: Tue, 27 Apr 1999 16:17:33 -0800

nagasiva wrote:
> 49990427 IIIom
> catherine yronwode  writes:
> # Tantrism is a loosely delineated subset of Indian religion ....
> what about "Shingon"?  is it Tantric, Tantra, Tantra-related?
> I'm barely aware of it but figured those who make the claims
> can be challenged. :>   Japanese, type of Buddhism I think.
> nagasiva

According to Rufus C. Camphausen's "Encyclopedia of Erotic Wisdom"
(highly rcommended!!!) Shingon ("true word") is a very large Japanese
Mahayana Buddhist sect founded in the 700s that contains elements
deliberately drawn from Indian tantrism and vajrayana yoga, including
the use of mandalas, mudras, and worship of the vajra. In the 1100s
Shingon in turn gave rise to a "left-handed path" Buddhist tanric sect
called Tachikawa that emulated vamamarga tantrism and included the
practice of sexual religious rites. The Tachikawa sect was outlawed by
the Japanese government but persisted until the late 1600s. Some
Tachikawa texts remain in existence, albeit sealed under "do not open"
signs in Shingon monasteries. Van Gulik is cited as a further authority
on this subject. Camphausen does not mention if any Tachikawa texts are
available in English.  

Hope this helps!
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