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Secret of the Vajra World: The Tantric Buddhism of Tibet

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This book provides an entree into the Tantric (or Vajrayana) Buddhism of Tibet, as conveyed by Tibetan masters teaching in the West, and as received by their Western students. The Tantric tradition is a unique collection of lesser-known texts, concepts, and meditation practices that are usually made available only to experienced and specially initiated practitioners. The Vajra World ( vajradhatu in Sanskrit) is a realm of indestructibility, the level of reality beyond all thought and imagination, all impermanence and change, which a fully realized person knows and inhabits. Used metaphorically, Vajra World refers to the traditional culture of Tibet and the unique spirituality that is its secret strength. Topics include: The tantric view of human nature and the external world The special role of the guru, or tantric mentor The preliminary practices that prepare the student for full initiation The major dimensions of Vajrayana practice, including visualizations, liturgies, and inner yogas The tradition of the tulku, or incarnate lama The lore surrounding the death of ordinary people and of saints The practice of solitary retreat, the epitome of traditional Tibetan Buddhism Secret of the Vajra World is the companion volume to the author's earlier book, Indestructible Truth: The Living Spirituality of Tibetan Buddhism. While that book focuses on the history, cosmology, philosophy, and practice of the more public, exoteric side of Tibetan Buddhism, this work treats its more hidden and esoteric aspects as they take shape in Vajrayana. Together, the two volumes provide a broad introduction to the major traditions of Tibetan Buddhism.

Synopsis:

This book provides an entree into the mysterious world of Tantric (or Vajrayana) Buddhism as practiced in Tibet and as conveyed by Tibetan masters teaching in the West. The Tantric tradition is a unique collection of lesser-known texts, concepts, and meditation practices that are usually made available only to experienced and specially initiated practitioners. In an accessible and engaging style, the author demonstrates how the practice of Tantra fosters an appreciation for ordinary life as the place where ultimate revelation occurs.

Product Details

ISBN:
9781570627729
Subtitle:
(the tantric Buddhism of Tibet )
Foreword:
Thondup, Tulku
Author:
Thondup, Tulku
Publisher:
Shambhala Publications
Location:
Boston
Subject:
History
Subject:
Spiritual life
Subject:
Yoga
Subject:
Tantric buddhism
Subject:
Rdzogs-chen
Subject:
Mahåamudråa
Subject:
Buddhism - General
Subject:
Buddhism - Tibetan
Subject:
Eastern - General
Edition Number:
1st pbk. ed.
Edition Description:
Includes bibliographical references and index.
Series Volume:
v. 1
Publication Date:
2002
Binding:
Hardcover
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Yes
Pages:
xvi, 524 p.
Dimensions:
9.24x6.44x1.59 in. 1.99 lbs.

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Product details xvi, 524 p. pages Shambhala Publications - English 9781570627729 Reviews:
"Synopsis" by , This book provides an entree into the mysterious world of Tantric (or Vajrayana) Buddhism as practiced in Tibet and as conveyed by Tibetan masters teaching in the West. The Tantric tradition is a unique collection of lesser-known texts, concepts, and meditation practices that are usually made available only to experienced and specially initiated practitioners. In an accessible and engaging style, the author demonstrates how the practice of Tantra fosters an appreciation for ordinary life as the place where ultimate revelation occurs.
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