conebeckham wrote:In general, Kagyu Tantra study subjects are the "Two Chapters" (Hevajra-Tantra) and Karmapa Rangjung Dorje's "Zabmo Nangdon" (Profound Inner Meaning). Those are the main texts studied that could be classified as "tantra material." Kalachakra Tantra is especially valued, and is the source of a great deal of Rangjung Dorje's treatise, as well.
But these are all commentaries aren't they ("Two Chapters" and the Vimalaphrabha (technically) - unless the "Two Chapters" is actually from a version of the Hevajra Tantra)?
Also, in general, reading any Tantra--Samvara, Hevajra, etc., would appear "like magic spells" or other strange ritualistic things without explanation, I agree.
There was an attempt to put chapters of a version of the Hevajra Tantra online - they ended up with a couple of chapters - in the first chapter they spoke about womb birth of a deity, etc. and I found that very helpful as an exposure but esp. after HHST pretty much outlined that as well during a teaching.
I'm thinking of some easier to approach tantra that technically anyone with a HYT empowerment can read. It seems the Practice Manual of Kurukule at 84000.co probably fits this.