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  • Paperback: 266 pages
  • Publisher: Snow Lion Publications; 1 edition (1 Nov. 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1559392630
  • ISBN-13: 978-1559392631
  • Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 1.9 x 22.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 429,947 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"British psychologist and longtime Tibetan Buddhist practitioner Rob Preece has given us one of the most illuminating unpackings of Tibetan tantra yet to emerge in the English language."--Mark Epstein, author of "Thoughts Without a Thinker: Psychotherapy from a Buddhist Perspective"
""The Psychology of Buddhist Tantra" succeeds in clarifying the nature of tantric practice. He does not seek to explain away the undeniably evocative and darkly potent language and imagery of tantra but to recognize them as transformative symbols of the rich complexity of our own inner lives."--Stephen Batchelor, author of "Buddhism without Beliefs"
"The ancient therapeutic wealth and alchemy of the East is skillfully integrated into the pragmatism of the West, creatively transforming the present-day individual."--"East and West Series"
"Draws on Jung's writings on Tantra and other Buddhist teachings to explore the rich symbolism and imagery of Tantra as a pattern for personal and spiritual growth."--"The Middle Way"
"Following on the heels of "The Wisdom of Imperfection: the Challenge of Individuation in Buddhist Life," Preece (Tibetan Buddhist teacher and transpersonal psychotherapist) offers another accessible, insightful, and engaging interweaving of Buddhist and Jungian perspectives on psychospiritual transformation. . . . Preece delivers a number of perceptive insights on the obstacles encountered when traditional Asian practices are transplanted onto modern Western psychological and cultural soil. Recommended for the general reader."--"University Religious Studies Review"
"Allows readers to overcome common boundaries between Eastern philosophy and Western results-driven psychology, offering chapters based on Buddhist tantric strategies to keep results centered on life experience as well as spiritual purpose. The result is an outstanding melding of two often different philosophies."--"The Midwest Book Review "

About the Author

Rob Preece has been a practicing Buddhist since 1973, principally within the Tibetan tradition. He has spent many years in intensive retreat in the Himalayas under the guidance of eminent Tibetan lamas. Preece has been working as a psychotherapist since 1987 and gives workshops on comparative Jungian and Buddhist psychology. An experienced meditation teacher and thangka painter, he lives in London and is the author of "The Wisdom of Imperfection" and "The Psychology of Buddhist Tantra."


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A very valuable book for those interested in the practice of Tibetan Buddhist tantra. Traditional teachings rarely give much insight into the emotional and psychological aspects of tantric practice. For modern Western students, it is essential to have an understanding of these aspects to avoid what Preece refers to as a type of "spiritual pathology." The author explains many aspects through a psychological lens, including the symbolism of the deity, the relationship with a teacher/guru, the mandala, the importance of ritual, and the process of transformation that is central to the tantric path. As a Jungian psychologist, he focuses on how tantra uses archetypal forms in order to access and transform powerful emotional and psychic states that may lie unknown, or buried in the unconscious. I find this type of work to be an essential step in the project of producing a mature Western Buddhist tradition, without losing the power of the traditional teachings.
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There are so many books on Tantra it is often difficult to know what to buy and what to read. I would strongly recommend this book for anyone who is looking for both an excellent introduction as well as a more in depth explanation of this difficult subject. Perhaps it is because Rob is trained in western psychology that he presents such a good balance between a standard eastern training manual and a dry western academic text.

His artistry in depicting some of the deities is extremely skillful and very inspiring.
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The correct title of this book is Psychology of Buddhist Tantra. Somehow Amazon listed it with a wrong subtitle. It is a revised and updated edition of The Alchemical Buddha that was self-published by the author in the UK. Snow Lion Publications published it in 2006. It is very well written.
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This book has provided me with useful insight into tantric practice. Written with a Western audience in mind, it clarifies many of the esoteric features of tantra to good effect, especially for the novice
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This is great stuff, excellent explanations for new & more experienced students.

The title however,doesn't show that the book exists as "Alchemical Buddha"

by another publisher.

Such a useful book, but I don't need it twice.
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