Introduction to Tantra: The Transformation of Desire

Introduction to Tantra: The Transformation of Desire


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New edition of this perennial classic. “The best introductory work on Tibetan Buddhist tantra available today.”—Janet Gyatso, Harvard University

What is tantra? Who is qualified to practice it? How should it be practiced? What are the results? According to Buddhism, every human being has the potential to achieve profound and lasting happiness. And according to the tantric teachings of Buddhism, this remarkable transformation can be realized very quickly if we utilize all aspects of our human energy——especially the energy of our desires. Introduction to Tantra is the best available clarification of a subject that is often misunderstood. Tantra recognizes that the powerful energy aroused by our desire is an indispensable resource for the spiritual path. It is precisely because our lives are so inseparably linked with desire that we must make use of desire's tremendous energy not just for pleasure, but to transform our lives. Lama Yeshe presents tantra as a practice leading to joy and self-discovery, with a vision of reality that is simple, clear, and relevant to 21st-century life.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781614291558
Publisher: Wisdom Publications MA
Publication date: 03/04/2014
Edition description: Revised
Pages: 192
Sales rank: 120,371
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.60(d)

About the Author

Lama Thubten Yeshe (1935-1984) was born in Tibet and educated at the great Sera Monastic University. He fled the Chinese oppression in 1959 and in the late 1960s, with his chief disciple, Lama Thubten Zopa Rinpoche, began teaching Buddhism to Westerners at their Kopan Monastery, Kathmandu, Nepal. In 1975 they founded the international Buddhist organization, the Foundation for the Preservation of the Mahayana Tradition (FPMT), which now has more than 160 centers, projects and services worldwide.

Jonathan Landaw was born in New Jersey and has traveled the world since 1970. He spent six years living in northern India studying Tibetan Buddhism and is the editor and author of a number of Buddhist books, including Wisdom Energy and Buddhism for Dummies. He lives in Santa Cruz, California.

Table of Contents

Foreword Philip Glass vii

Preface xi

1 Basic Purity 1

2 Desire and Happiness 7

3 Pleasure, Disappointment, and Fulfillment 17

4 Overthrowing the Tyranny of Ordinary Appearances 29

5 Emerging from Dissatisfaction 39

6 Opening the Heart 45

7 Dissolving Self-Created Limitations 57

8 Clear Spaciousness of Mind 69

9 Inspiration and the Guru 83

10 Entering Highest Tantric Practice 99

11 Arising as a Deity 117

12 Final Accomplishment 131

Glossary 143

Index 157

About the Author 163

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