discuss profound metaphysical theories and philosophies.
An underlying feature of Tantric literature is its highly
esoteric, secret nature. Therefore, proper training and instruction
under a guru or teacher is a vital aspect of Tantric practices,
for a master is essential to help decode the complex messages
presented in the texts and to comprehend the significance
of the elaborate practices they advocate.
Right: Avalokiteshvara and partner China, Tibeto-Chinese style, Ming dynasty, Yongle period (1403–1424)
KIT Tropenmuseum, Amsterdam