Dear indologists,I am struggling with the "chronology" regarding the catushpithas concept and its first appearance in the Vajrayana cosmos.Particularly, the Catushpitha Tantra described a list of four pithas 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. RosatiOriental ArchaeologistPhD candidate in "Civilizations of Asia and Africa"
South Asia SectionDep. Italian Institute of Oriental Studies/ISO
'Sapienza' University of Rome
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