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Tantric Thelema [Paperback]

Sam Webster , Kat Lunoe
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2 Feb 2010
Over a decade in development, Tantric Thelema develops author Sam Webster's Pagan Dharma work uniting Pagan, especially Thelemic spirituality with Buddhist wisdom and ritual technology. It gives a complete method for learning a Mahayoga Tantric technique for invoking the primary deity of Thelema, Ra-Hoor-Khuit. Forty-seven practices are described in fine detail with clear theory to enable the reader to advance spiritually. For the first time ever the Initiatory and Couples practices are published, along with a practice to prepare for Death. Sam Webster, M. Div., Mage, has taught magick publicly since 1984. He graduated from Starr King School for the Ministry at the Graduate Theological Union in Berkeley in 1993. He is an Adept of the Golden Dawn and a cofounder of the Chthonic-Ouranian Templar order, as well as an initiate of Wiccan, Buddhist, Hindu and Masonic traditions. His work has been published in a number of journals such as Green Egg, Reclaiming Quarterly, Mezlim, and Gnosis. He founded the Open Source Order of the Golden Dawn in 2001 (www.OSOGD.org), and serves the Pagan community principally as a priest of Hermes.


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  • Paperback: 132 pages
  • Publisher: Concrescent Press (2 Feb 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0984372903
  • ISBN-13: 978-0984372904
  • Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 22.9 x 0.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 430,547 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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5.0 out of 5 stars Astounding 24 Dec 2013
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This book is an absolute gem. I have been working through the exercises for quite sometime and the author encourages you to find your own way of connecting. There's a real encouragement to do what works for you but he gives great examples and suggestions if you want to follow his. What was beautiful about the book too was the fact it was dedicated to his wife in heaven and he wrote it to her, so it's a bit like a love story guiding you through the practice of Mahayoga and magick. This is a credit to my book shelf and I've been using the techniques often.
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5.0 out of 5 stars First Rate Teaching for Any Pagan Tradition 15 Nov 2010
By S. parker - Published on Amazon.com
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Sam Webster has done a fine job of presenting a very useful spiritual technology. Tantric Thelema is an application of Vajrayana Buddhist esoteric methods to the myth and symbol of Aleister Crowley's magical religion of Thelema. By doing so he offers western magicians and theurgists the best step-by-step guide to the invocation of the presence of a deity I can remember seeing in print.
The manual is utterly practical. With only a few pages of introduction it moves immediately into the first section of the detailed spiritual practice (sadhana) that it teaches. Classical Buddhist ideas such as `taking refuge and dedicating merit' are taught in a fairly straight-forward Vajrayana way, using symbols and verses from the Book of the Law. The author does a fine job of reconciling Buddhist ideas with Pagan ones. The meat of the teaching concerns what is called Deity Yoga. Combining incantation with visualization and offerings it will all feel quite familiar to experienced invokers. What is less familiar is to see the method laid out in such clear, step-by-step detail.
Yr Hmbl writer knows very little about Vajrayana, but I was never at sea with Webster's descriptions of ideas or methods. I know rather more about Thelema, and it is a pleasure to see it expounded so gracefully, and without gothery. I know, I think, rather a lot about the mechanics of invocation, and I still learned quite a bit from this small tantra. Anyone interested in restoring the juice to western theurgy could benefit from Tantric Thelema.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent work! 17 Feb 2010
By David Menefee Jr - Published on Amazon.com
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This is an amazing book. The Ra-Hoor-Khuit practices are given concisely but with all the details needed to perform them, and they can be generalized for other deities to fit any Pagan tradition. Sam has provided a vital piece of missing magical technology for Thelemites and non-Thelemites alike. If you are interested in (or even just curious about) theurgical practice, "Tantric Thelema" is a must-read, period.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Buddhist Tantra and Thelema 2 Dec 2012
By Andrew James - Published on Amazon.com
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I have only good things to say about this book. Sam Webster is a well-known Pagan/Thelemic scholar. He has an affiliation with Tibetan Buddhism which he brings to Thelema in a fascinating and quite potent manner. Using the formulas of Tibetan Buddhism the author opens up the beings Nuit, Hadit and Ra-Hoor-Khuit into a manner which Tibetan Buddhists might appreciate as an extension upon their deity yoga. Webster combines structures from Tibetan Buddhist ritual such as "Taking Refuge", "Dedication of Merit" and "Generating Bodhicitta" with Empowerments of Nuit, Hadit and Ra-Hoor-Khuit and beyond into invocation of Ra-Hoor-Khuit "In Front" and Within the practitioner (rather similar to technical Evocation as communication with a being outside oneself and Invocation as becoming that being for a time). Written as a Tantra to his wife, Sam Webster creates a loving, dedicated and ultimately Thelemic weave of Western magick and Tibetan Buddhism which is inspiring, powerful and ultimately transformative. Thanks!
2 of 5 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Maybe worth a quick read 13 Dec 2012
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Sam Webster's rather charming little book (just over 100 pages) will no doubt appeal to a small but identifiable market: people who have some familiarity (or questions) about both Thelema and Tantric Buddhism. Neither of these paths are particularly mainstream, but some analysis seems maybe overdue and Webster has a not bad go at it.

A nice touch is each chapter beginning as if dedicated to his wife, as if it were written for her alone. The opening words will be, "My Darling," or "Beloved" before he proceeds to tell her "like he thinks it is." While this might sound overly cute, it has a warmth and sense of a mentally loving, devoted frame of mind that is not altogether inappropriate for various spiritual tasks. He shows his scholarship in his interpretation - or re-interpretation - of Thelemic invocations in the manner of the Tibetan Buddhist tradition and vice-versa. His slightly academic approach would seem to demonstrate at least basic understanding of both systems, and his attempt to be all-inclusive with his dedications (effectively hoping the fruits of his work will benefit all humanity) avoids the insularity and 'black brother' syndrome that has been the bane of a great number of would-be thelemites and tantric Buddhists that have fallen by the wayside.

The good points alone are probably enough to justify at least a swift reading of this modestly priced volume if you have done some homework already and know your Scarlet Woman from your Vajra-Yogini. But, for all his obvious learning, I can't help but feel that Sam-ji has skimmed over the fact that both Tantric Buddhism and Thelema (Padmasambhāva or To Mega Therion / Aleister Crowley respectively) traditionally expect the student to spend hours upon hours of mastering basic techniques such as concentration, breathing, sitting still, trance and what-have-you to a fairly high degree. Thelema is not the 'lifestyle' choice of Wicca Pagans, nor is Tantric Yoga the simplistic religion of lighting a few joss sticks and saying a prayer to Lord Buddha.

There is much book knowledge behind the writing, and no small modicum of experience in comparative religion. So how does it promise so much yet deliver something so modest? A clue can be found at page 60 where he adapts the famous Egyptian invocation to his own liking. In his 'wisdom', he decides to replace the powerful key name of the all-important Egyptian priest with his own name (to mention just one of the changes). I won't go into his justification, but it is a clear chink in his armour. By failing to invoke the gatekeeper, he clings to his own sense of self - the very thing that needs to be lost if his invocation is to succeed.

It is hardly surprising that by the end of the book he is relying not on original writings of Thelema or of Tantra, but on modern interpretations and commercial reprints. We also see the modern trend to re-invent a system of chakkras with corresponding sounds, and even a `Sam Webster guide' to 'sex magic!' The marketing still manages to be more subtle than usual, and his book learning, dropping memes by the score, makes it more convincing than many. It has the warm-and-cuddly feel of a Sogyal Rinpoche book or something from the Theosophists. Any mention of hardcore characters like Aleister Crowley is minimized (readers tend to be frightened off at the thought of spiritual work that demands a training as hard as an army marine and a mental development sufficient to write Ph.D thesis). Sam Webster probably gets on with just about everyone, and seems like a genuinely nice man. His favoured system is 'Open Source' magick - a sort of Linux-while-you-Waite - and it might be churlish to pick faults without acknowledging the insights of his comparative religion approach, which seem mostly valid within their limits.

I'm not sure of the wisdom of invoking Tantric Gods with Egyptian nomenclature, or Egyptian ones with nods to Buddha. It has great possibilities in terms of understanding correspondences - not to mention allowing the author to 'invent' his own system out of different coloured pieces of cloth; but it strikes me as limited in its practical application. On the plus side, it is a nice series of guided meditations - much as you would find in any popular pay-as-you-go Friday night meditation class. One could describe Sam Webster's 'Tanric Thelema' as parlour meditations with nicely exotic trappings of holiness. But at least he has made an attempt, of sorts, in an area that has evaded academic rigour for a long time. It makes an interesting read, and I would struggle to find anything offensive in his work, even if serious students might well be warned off from joining his 'club!'
3 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars High Powered Thelema 12 May 2010
By William W. Duvendack - Published on Amazon.com
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While the title of this book implies a very basic principle of marketing (take any two things, put them together, and you have a hit), it is also indicative of taking things to a new level when it comes to Thelema. The author of the book, Sam Webster, is an established occultist, which makes this book all the more tantalizing. The cover art is an added bonus. I highly recommend this book to anyone in the 93 current!
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