[INDOLOGY] Catushpitha Tantra vs Hevajra Tantra

Paul Gerstmayr paul.gerstmayr at googlemail.com
Mon Jan 9 13:55:25 UTC 2017

Dear Paolo,

I recommend consulting the related publications by Péter-Dániel Szántó (you
can also check his academia.edu profile), especially 2012 and 2015d and g.

Warm wishes,

On 9 January 2017 at 13:38, Paolo Eugenio Rosati <paoloe.rosati at gmail.com>

> Dear indologists,
> I am struggling with the "chronology" regarding the *catushpitha*s
> concept and its first appearance in the Vajrayana cosmos.
> Particularly, the *Catushpitha Tantra *described a list of four *pitha*s
> linked to philosophical concepts---*atman pitha*, *para pitha*, *yoga
> pitha *and *guhya pitha *(cit.
> in D.C. Sircar [*The Shakta Pithas*] 1948, 11).
> Regarding this text, the only clue that I found is that one of its
> commentaries was copied in 1145 CE (ibid.).
> While I found no discussion about the original text, and particularly if
> it was previous or coeval with the *Hevajra Tantra* (that could be date
> between seventh and middle of eighth centuries)---althoug from Sircar study
> I argued he considered the two tantras to be more or less coeval.
> I wish someone can help me with some reference to the *Catushpitha
> Tantra.*
> Best wishes,
> Paolo
> --
> Paolo E. Rosati
> Oriental Archaeologist
> PhD candidate in "Civilizations of Asia and Africa"
> South Asia Section
> Dep. Italian Institute of Oriental Studies/ISO
> 'Sapienza' University of Rome
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Paul Gerstmayr
Oriental Studies / Sanskrit
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