Tantra

ClarityBelow you can find some observations and meditations on Tantra to give you an idea of what this profound Buddhist practice is about.

If you want to practice Tantra in depth, and have some basic experience of and appreciation for renunciation, bodhichitta, and the correct view of emptiness, you would do well to find a qualified Tantric Master and seek out a Tantric empowerment, or initiation.

My own Tantric Master is Venerable Geshe Kelsang Gyatso Rinpoche. Empowerments are given regularly at New Kadampa Tradition Centers throughout the world.

Highest Yoga Tantra empowerments and commentary will be granted by Gen-la Khyenrab in Toronto this October 2016.

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What is Tantra?

Extract: I wanted to say a bit about what Tantra is within the Buddhist tradition, and how accessible it can be. Buddhist Tantra is known as the “quick path to enlightenment.” Judging by my local bookstore and a quick Google search, a lot of people might be misunderstanding what Tantra is — for example, it is not about middle-aged couples in Hawaii improving their sex lives.

Tantra: using the power of our imagination

Extract: Tantra uses these two things, bliss and imagination, to go straight for the result we seek in our spiritual practice–our quest for improvement and the ability to help others—by our imagining that we are already enlightened. And why not? We make it up all the time anyway, who we are. Who were you today?

pure potentialTantra: bringing the result into the path

Extract: How we can use the power of bliss, wisdom, and the creative power of our imagination swiftly to switch our sense of being stuck and limited with the sense of being liberated and enlightened.

Tantra and attachment

Extract: Attachment therefore is a sticky delusion, and a deeply conditioned bad habit, so how are we going to get unstuck? Luckily Buddha Shakyamuni taught us a very special way to do this … Tantric practice.

Tantra: transforming enjoyments

Extract:  This is a simple exercise that can be practiced even without an empowerment, and that shows something both profound and liberating: we have the power within us to generate bliss. We don’t need another person, a physical act, or any external object to create it.

Tantra: bliss and emptiness

Extract: The object that we mainly use bliss to meditate on is the ultimate nature of reality, emptiness, the actual dreamlike nature of things.

Tantra: the bliss boost

Extract: It is hard to grasp onto something that is not there, but we try. So we have a momentary high if and when we “get” our object, but it quickly fades, as the mechanism is all wrong, we have set it up all wrong.

Happiness is here right now

Extract: So let’s say you are enjoying the presence of a person in your life. Enjoy it, but understand that the person is reminding you of the enjoyment that exists within your own mind. They are giving you a window into the fact that bliss is possible but only if you stay with the source of the happiness, which is not the person but your own experience.

Rewriting the story of my life

Extract: We don’t need to think “I want to be Buddha some day” or “I will be Buddha in the future”. Wanting or hoping creates a gap between who we think we are now (some deluded being with big problems) and who we might be in some la la land future. And how will we bridge that gap?  If we can’t bridge it today, why will we be able to tomorrow? Instead, we already ARE, and we relate to that and happily create all the causes for it in the here and now – meditations on love and compassion, the six perfections, bliss and emptiness, the central channel, and so on.

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