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Preview — Introduction to Tantra by Thubten Yeshe. Philip Glass. Jonathan Landaw Editor. This introduction recognizes and explains how to channel the powerful energies aroused by human desires, and how to transform lives with them. Get A Copy. Paperback , pages. Published June 15th by Wisdom Publications first published November 25th More Details Original Title.
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May 18, Polly Trout rated it it was amazing. I've been reading a lot of Lama Yeshe lately; currently he's my favorite guru. He is funny, straightforward, humble, and full of joy.
He makes renouncing worldly desire sound like it is the most delicious, erotic, hilarious party ever. I wish I could pull that off. Of his books, this is the most accessible and famous. I'm also reading several of his more obscure books, which I'm getting a lot out of but I would be hesitant to recommend them to anyone else I know, unless they were as obsessed wit I've been reading a lot of Lama Yeshe lately; currently he's my favorite guru.
I'm also reading several of his more obscure books, which I'm getting a lot out of but I would be hesitant to recommend them to anyone else I know, unless they were as obsessed with combining tantra, humanism, mysticism, and social justice as I am -- oh, and if you meet someone like that, be sure to give them my phone number. View 1 comment.
Mar 08, Timothy Warnock rated it liked it. Excellent description of Tibetan Buddhist Tantra; the transformation of desire and pleasures into transcendental experiences of deep penetrative awareness; this is absolutely amazing! For example, It would perhaps be more useful to view the descriptions of reincarnation as strictly metaphorical, representing actual and ephemeral mental states from moment-to-moment rather than spanning physical lifetimes , in doing so there arises a profound awareness that can radically alter consciousness to cease the very ego grasping and striving so artfully described in this book.
I gave this a 3, but really, parts of it were a 5 containing some of the best passages I have ever read on Tantra while other parts a 1 containing easily refuted logic and divisive views of human nature. Jun 20, Matt Harris rated it it was amazing Recommends it for: those with a grounding in buddhism.
Shelves: top10books. This lovely book made me look at the world differently, which a book can and should do. However not all books give a lasting insight which one can trace through years. It is not about the kind of tantra associated with sex, per se, although of course this can be a very high expression of the tantric concepts. The book explains the benefits of being aware of desire and attachment in terms of relating day to day with anyone.
Of course, the buddhist concept of desire is that it leads to attachment to This lovely book made me look at the world differently, which a book can and should do. Of course, the buddhist concept of desire is that it leads to attachment towards objects, or people, or the self.
This attachment can prove unfulfilling and empty since we may have incorrect views of the self and others, viewing them as separate entities and disconnected with us.
Relying on external factors for happiness can be a perilous but exciting! But sometimes if you can be aware of how an attachment to something actually takes away from the enjoyment of it, for example habitually eating something sweet when it's not needed and watching the comedown from that half an hour later, it can be amazing.
For me it showed me how "leaky" I was with my desire, and how much effort and energy goes into factors which weren't getting me anywhere and just making me frustrated.
For example, looking at lovely girls walking down the street, used to be a real mind wandering wish-fest! During the reading of this book, I started to enjoy the beauty of the people but then be very happy to have seen them and totally let them go, energetically. Amazing the feeling of freedom this can give you.
Lama Yeshe is one of the clearest and most generous of buddhist authors and I cannot be more grateful to read his books. He's up there with the Dalai Lama. Once you've read a few Dalai Lama books and you've meditated for a year, give this book a go. Might just turn you inside-out, in a lovely way. Aug 05, Kyle Hipke rated it it was ok. I happened upon this after reading through David Chapman's hypertext book "Meaningness" and checking out his other blog posts where he talks about tantra.
Apparently it's a good overview of what tantra is all about. Unfortunately, I found it to be full of a lot of woo. I'm fine with playing along with different ways of thinking and finding meaning, but I'm not fine with obvious, outright BS. For example, believing that someone can put out a fire threatening to burn down a temple by meditating.
Or I happened upon this after reading through David Chapman's hypertext book "Meaningness" and checking out his other blog posts where he talks about tantra. Or cure their cancer with positive thinking. It's made worse by constant reminders to "not be so analytical and intellectual" and to "stay open to experiencing things". Those sorts of statements sound just like every other religion and cult. They are invitations to suppress rational thought. By allowing yourself to believe that some profound religious experience is going to occur and surrounding yourself with people who expect you to have that experience, what choice does a biased human brain have but to convince itself that the experience has occurred?
This is the same trick that has worked on so many people for so many cults and religions for centuries. The other thing I don't like about this is the emphasis on accomplishment. It seems to be saying that yes, there is one ultimate purpose in life - to achieve the highest levels of accomplishment in tantra and achieve enlightenment.
I don't buy that. That strikes me as eternalism. I don't think life is as simple as having one clearly defined mission. Meaning is more nebulous than that.
Overall, this book just rubs me the wrong way. It's a book about the mind by someone who is clearly not up to date on all the new knowledge we've gained on how the brain actually works. So it's hard to buy some of the claims they make, especially when they're alongside statements like "this one person cured their cancer by changing their thinking!
How can somebody who makes obviously wrong claims like that be considered a good resource for anything? Ultimately, the book sounds like more of a sales pitch than anything, constantly boasting of all the amazing things that will happen if you follow what they say, constantly reminding you to suppress your critical thought while also claiming to be something that is "scientific", that you can try the techniques out for yourself. Well, if you have to suppress your critical thought in order for the techniques to work, that doesn't sound very scientific to me.
That sounds like the sort of reasoning that tricks millions of people into pursuing "alternative modalities of healing " instead of getting science based medical care for their medical problems. View 2 comments. Apr 12, Nick rated it it was amazing. This book is not about what you probably think it's about. There's no sex in it. It's about how to escape the human cycle of suffering -- wanting things, getting them, having them not satisfy you, and then wanting some more. The bad news is that the first step is to stop focusing on yourself and start focusing on alleviating the suffering of others.
I say 'bad news' because tantra is supposed to be the Buddhist 'fast lane' to enlightenment. But it's clear from reading this lucid, well-argued app This book is not about what you probably think it's about.
Introduction to Tantra : The Transformation of Desire
Introduction to Tantra : The Transformation of Desire. Thubten Yeshe. What is tantra? Who is qualified to practice it? How should it be practiced? What are the results?
Introduction to Tantra
Jump to navigation. This talk is Lama's introduction to this series and constitutes a wonderful explanation of the fundamentals of tantric practice. You can also view the talks on our YouTube channel or listen to the audio recordings online. Maybe we are going to practice tantric yoga, but it's not easy to do. In order to practice tantric yoga we need a foundation-the preliminaries.
Introduction to Tantra: The Transformation of Desire