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Initiations and Initiates in Tibetby Alexandra David-neel
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Noted authority discusses mystic rites and doctrines, methods of psychic training among lamas, magicians, yogis, and more. Covered are various kinds of initiations and their aims, role of the spiritual guide and choice of a master, oral instruction, spiritual exercises, "gymnastics" of respiration, many other aspects of Tibetan religious practice. David-Neel was practicing Buddhist, linguist, resident of Tibet for 14 years. 27 black-and-white illustrations.
Mystic rites and doctrines, initiations, spiritual exercises, many other topics. Invaluable insights into Tibetan Buddhism. 27 illus.
Noted authority discusses mystic rites and doctrines, methods of psychic training, various kinds of initiations and their aims, spiritual exercises, "gymnastics" of respiration, many other topics. Invaluable insights into Tibetan Buddhism. 27 black-and-white illustrations.
Table of Contents
I. DEFINITION OF TIBETAN MYSTICISM
II. THE SPIRITUAL GUIDE
CHOICE OF MASTER
III. NATURE OF THE ESOTERIC DOCTRINES-METHOD AND KNOWLEDGE-FATHER AND MOTHER-TRADITIONAL ORAL INSTRUCTION-ITS TRANSMISSION ALONG A LINE OF INITIATES-EUGENICS
IV. THE VARIOUS KINDS OF INITIATION AND THEIR AIM
"INITIATION " WITH ACTIVITY "
I. ANGKUR OF THE MYSTIC MASTER
2. SECRET ANGKUR
3. ANGKUR OF KNOWLEDGE AND WISDOM
4. ANGKUR OF SYMBOLICAL WORDS
"INITIATION " WITHOUT ACTIVITY "
V. "THE " MANI " INITIATION AND THE DIFFERENT MEANINGS OF AUM MANI PADME HUM !"
VI. DUBTHABS RITES
VII. GYMNASTICS OF RESPIRATION-A GURU STORY
VIII. DAILY SPIRITUAL EXERCISES
MY BODY IS LIKE A MOUNTAIN
MY EYES ARE LIKE THE OCEAN
MY MIND IS LIKE THE SKY
IX. HOW TO SLEEP AND TO UTILISE THE TIME GIVEN TO SLEEP-HOW TO CONNECT ONESELF IN THE DREAM STATE FOR DISCERNING ONE'S LATENT TENDENCIES
X. CONTEMPLATION OF SUN AND SKY
XI. THE DALAI LAMAS
XII. THE LESSER AND THE GREATER VEHICLE
XIII. THE TRUE INITIATION
XIV. THE DIFFERENT KINDS OF MORALITY
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