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4.0 out of 5 stars Philosophy of Tantra
'Before you enter the path of Tantra, know this!' "Introduction to Tantra: The transformation of desire", explains the philosophy of Tantra, in the Buddhist way - simply and straight forward, but with a keen sense of intellect. The book shares a common view among mystics, that certain paths towards divine realization, the tantric path included, are potentially...
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4.0 out of 5 stars Philosophy of Tantra, 31 Aug. 2009
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Ole Martin Olaussen (Norway) - See all my reviews
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'Before you enter the path of Tantra, know this!' "Introduction to Tantra: The transformation of desire", explains the philosophy of Tantra, in the Buddhist way - simply and straight forward, but with a keen sense of intellect. The book shares a common view among mystics, that certain paths towards divine realization, the tantric path included, are potentially catastrophic. Therefore, it is necessary to study it's subject and follow it's practice under the guidance of a qualified teacher. As a result, the book never goes into much detail to explain the different practices. It remains an introduction. For this reason only I subtract a star! All paths are potentially catastrophic. Life itself is potentially catastrophic. Potentially triumphant too. Explain to someone the atomic bomb and the next day she comes up with the cure for cancer. Share the knowledge and let the chips fall where they may... Nevertheless, I enjoyed the the book immensely and I can easily forgive that our teachers sometimes forget what a teacher is not.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars New to tantra? - get this book, 14 April 2009
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This is a fantastic introduction to the science and phillosophy of tantra. I can't over state how clearly and generally well written this book is. It covers the nature of human desire describes how it can be transformed into awakening, instead of trapping us in a cycle of thirsting for more and more without any real satisfaction. I particularly appreciated the section on deity yoga. Good stuff.
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73 of 83 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The best introduction to Tantra available., 6 Dec. 1998
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When I read this book I was taken aback: it was so beautifully written and so clear in its explaination, that I found myself staring at the picture of Lama Yeshe on the back cover, thanking him for this wonderful gift. It is very rare, in my experience, to find a book which combines such authoritative lucidity, based very much on personal experience, with heart-warming humility. Unlike many books which focus merely on the techniques of "surface" Tantra, this book explores its very essence.
Thank you Lama Yeshe for your beautiful book.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Best overview and introduction on budhism tantra!, 16 May 2011
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Gabriel A. Da Silva (Sao Joaquim - SC - Brazil) - See all my reviews
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THIS IS THE ULTIMATE BOOK ON BUDDHIST TANTRA AVAILABLE, THE LANGUAGE IS CLEAR AND JUST BY READING IT, SEEMS LIKE YOU'RE ENTERING THE AUTHOR MENTAL EGREGORE, EVEN IF YOU'RE NOT ACQUAINTED WITH THE THEME, YOU'LL BE ABLE TO FOLLOW AND UNDERSTAND ALL THE CONCEPTS WHICH ARE CRISTAL CLEARLY WRITTEN, DEFINITELY A BOOK FOR YOUR BEDSIDETABLE. THE TITLE SHOULDN'T BE MORE APPROPRIATE AND SPOT-ON.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic, 26 Jan. 2013
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Exceptionally inspiring and insightful and very helpful in understanding the nature of the mind. Lama Yeshe has a beautiful style of writing and this book is helpful in developing an easy and beneficial life. It does, however, slightly over complicate the matter of 'enlightenment', as it is steeped in thousands of years of Tibetan tradition, and there are clearer and more helpful books on the nature of mind available from the Balanced View archive. Highly recommended and, if you're interested, take a look at some Balanced View literature too.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great book, 3 Feb. 2011
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M. L. Pillai "MLPLondon" (London) - See all my reviews
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Great Book, well written and good reference material for studies and practice of Tantra by a wise Lama.
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1.0 out of 5 stars One Star, 19 May 2015
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really beautiful and valuable book
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5.0 out of 5 stars Tantric Sex and Tantric Buddhism - never the twain shall meet!, 17 Aug. 2008
Lama Yeshe talks with amazing lucidity and clarity on the complex teachings of the tantric path of Tibetan Buddhism. Read this book to clearly show you the difference between "clasical Buddhist tantra" and the "neo tantra" (tantric sex) that is now being taught in the West. Seemingly the two are very different and have little in common. For example, many Tibetan buddhist's want to distinguish themselves from neo tantra and tantric sex. However, there are common themes to both and we teach these methods as "Buddhist Tantric Sex" techniques at Alto Sax Retreat Centre in the UK.
An excellent book, read combined with say Margot Anand's books and you would get a really good grounding on tantric sex as a spiritual path.
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3.0 out of 5 stars ... looking more for a book on yoga may be fine for those who are more into, 16 Dec. 2014
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I was looking more for a book on yoga may be fine for those who are more into Buddism
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