Secret of the Vajra World: The Tantric Buddhism of Tibet by Reginald A. Ray

By Reginald A. Ray

This ebook presents an entrée into the Tantric (or Vajrayana) Buddhism of Tibet, as conveyed through Tibetan masters instructing within the West, and as bought by way of their Western scholars. The Tantric culture is a distinct number of lesser-known texts, recommendations, and meditation practices which are frequently made on hand simply to skilled and specifically initiated practitioners.

The "Vajra global" (vajradhatu in Sanskrit) is a realm of indestructibility, the extent of truth past all suggestion and mind's eye, all impermanence and alter, which a completely learned individual understands and inhabits. Used metaphorically, "Vajra global" refers back to the conventional tradition of Tibet and the original spirituality that's its mystery strength.

Topics include:
The tantric view of human nature and the exterior world
The certain position of the guru, or tantric mentor
The initial practices that organize the scholar for complete initiation
The significant dimensions of Vajrayana perform, together with visualizations, liturgies, and internal yogas
The culture of the tulku, or incarnate lama
The lore surrounding the demise of normal humans and of saints
The perform of solitary retreat, the epitome of conventional Tibetan Buddhism

Secret of the Vajra international is the better half quantity to the author's prior booklet, Indestructible fact: The residing Spirituality of Tibetan Buddhism. whereas that publication specializes in the background, cosmology, philosophy, and perform of the extra public, exoteric facet of Tibetan Buddhism, this paintings treats its extra hidden and esoteric features as they take form in Vajrayana. jointly, the 2 volumes supply a huge creation to the key traditions of Tibetan Buddhism.

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