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Deity yoga is the meditative practice of imagining oneself as an ideal being, fully endowed with compassion, wisdom, and their resultant altruistic activities. The idea is that by imagining being a Buddha one gets closer to actually achieving Buddhahood. Tantric Techniques offers a complete system of Tantric meditation comparing the views of three seminal Tibetan authors on deity yoga and on issues such as how to safeguard against psychological inflation and how to use negative ...
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Overview

Deity yoga is the meditative practice of imagining oneself as an ideal being, fully endowed with compassion, wisdom, and their resultant altruistic activities. The idea is that by imagining being a Buddha one gets closer to actually achieving Buddhahood. Tantric Techniques offers a complete system of Tantric meditation comparing the views of three seminal Tibetan authors on deity yoga and on issues such as how to safeguard against psychological inflation and how to use negative emotions on the path. 
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"Jeffrey Hopkins has made a major contribution to deepening understanding of Tibetan Buddhism, had access to some of the greatest contemporary Tibetan teachers, but—most important of all—he has over the years steadily tried to put what he has learned into practice."—H.H. the Dalai Lama

"It is impossible not to fall in love with a book that has as many references to Carl Jung as to the Dalai Lama. What a treat to open up a work that brings together the profound thinking of a great psychologist with that of the embodiment of Tibetan Buddhism."—New Age Retailer

"A remarkable read . . . well-grounded in the experience of the practitioner but illuminated by skillful use of contemporary Western philosophical and psychological models. It facilitates a deeper practical and theoretical understanding of the relationship between the meditative methods in Sutra and Tantra on this central theme. . . . A very lucid and enjoyable exposition. The ideas and positions are well argued and supported with substantial translations from the original texts. It is bold in its intention and execution, the work of a formidable leading Buddhist scholar grounded in the practice of a living Buddhist tradition. Where it is difficult, it is only so because of the difficulty of the subject matter. It well rewards the effort of the reader prepared to fully engage with its concerns."—The Middle Way

"Hopkins takes the reader through what he calls a paradigm shift from sutra practice to tantra. . . . An unexpected pleasure tucked in among commentaries on Tsongkhapa and Longchenpa is a chapter responding to Carl Jung's warning of the dangers of deity yoga. Hopkins shows that Jung's dire predictions of ego inflation and other psychological traps were anticipated and resolved by the Tibetan masters' attention to emptiness and compassion."—Buddhadharma: The Practitioner's Quarterly

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Buddhadharma Hopkins takes the reader through what he calls a paradigm shift from sutra practice to tantra . An unexpected pleasure, tucked in among commentaries on Tsongkhapa and Longchenpa, is a chapter responding to Carl Jung's warning of the dangers of deity yoga. Hopkins shows that Jung's dire predictions of ego inflation and other psychological traps were anticipated and resolved by the Tibetan masters' attention to emptiness and compassion. - Buddhadharma
Buddhadharma
Hopkins takes the reader through what he calls a paradigm shift from sutra practice to tantra . An unexpected pleasure, tucked in among commentaries on Tsongkhapa and Longchenpa, is a chapter responding to Carl Jung's warning of the dangers of deity yoga. Hopkins shows that Jung's dire predictions of ego inflation and other psychological traps were anticipated and resolved by the Tibetan masters' attention to emptiness and compassion. - Buddhadharma
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781559393201
  • Publisher: Shambhala Publications, Inc.
  • Publication date: 4/16/2009
  • Pages: 464
  • Sales rank: 1,365,269
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 1.20 (d)

Meet the Author

Jeffrey Hopkins, PhD, served for a decade as the interpreter for the Dalai Lama. A Buddhist scholar and the author of more than thirty-five books, he is Professor Emeritus at the University of Virginia, where he founded the largest academic program in Tibetan Buddhist studies in the West.
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Table of Contents

Technical Notes 6

Introduction 7

Part 1 The Procedure of Deity Yoga 11

1 The S&ubar;tra Mode of Meditation 13

2 The Tantric Model of Meditation 45

3 Jung's Warnings Against Inflation 65

4 The Path in Action Tantra: Divine Body 83

5 Mantra Repetition 117

6 Concentration Without Repetition 145

7 The Practice 165

Part 2 The Difference Between S&ubar;tra and Mantra 203

8 Bu-t&oumlet;n Rin-chen-drup's Stimulating Catalogue 205

9 Long-chen-rap-jam's Dramatic Evocation 243

10 Tsong-kha-pa's Reasoned Analysis of Path-Structure 263

11 Controversy over Deity Yoga in Action Tantra 303

Part 3 The Difference Between the Four Tantras 319

12 Bu-t&oumlet;n and Tsong-kha-pa: The Four Tantra Sets 321

Appendix The First Pan-chen Lama's Reformulation of Tsong-kha-pa's Presentation of the Vehicles translated Donald S. Lopez 359

List of Abbreviations 387

Bibliography 389

Index 413

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  • Posted April 1, 2012

    highly recommended

    an advanced book on buddhist tantra for pros.

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