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Secret of the Vajra World The Tantric Buddhism of Tibet

ISBN-10: 157062917X
ISBN-13: 9781570629174
Edition: 2002
Authors: Reginald A. Ray
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Description: This book provides an entreacute;e into the Tantric (or Vajrayana) Buddhism of Tibet, as conveyed by Tibetan masters teaching in the West, and as received by their Western students. The Tantric tradition is a unique collection of lesser-known texts,  More...

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Book details

List price: $39.95
Copyright year: 2002
Publisher: Shambhala Publications, Incorporated
Publication date: 7/23/2002
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 544
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.00" long x 1.50" tall
Weight: 1.584
Language: English

This book provides an entreacute;e into the Tantric (or Vajrayana) Buddhism of Tibet, as conveyed by Tibetan masters teaching in the West, and as received by their Western students. The Tantric tradition is a unique collection of lesser-known texts, concepts, and meditation practices that are usually made available only to experienced and specially initiated practitioners. The "Vajra World" (vajradhatuin Sanskrit) is a realm of indestructibility, the level of reality beyond all thought and imagination, all impermanence and change, which a fully realized person knows and inhabits. Used metaphorically, "Vajra World" refers to the traditional culture of Tibet and the unique spirituality that is its secret strength. Topics include: The tantric view of human nature and the external world The special role of the guru, or tantric mentor The preliminary practices that prepare the student for full initiation The major dimensions of Vajrayana practice, including visualizations, liturgies, and inner yogas The tradition of thetulku, or incarnate lama The lore surrounding the death of ordinary people and of saints The practice of solitary retreat, the epitome of traditional Tibetan BuddhismSecret of the Vajra Worldis the companion volume to the author's earlier book,Indestructible Truth: The Living Spirituality of Tibetan Buddhism.While that book focuses on the history, cosmology, philosophy, and practice of the more public, exoteric side of Tibetan Buddhism, this work treats its more hidden and esoteric aspects as they take shape in Vajrayana. Together, the two volumes provide a broad introduction to the major traditions of Tibetan Buddhism.

Foreword
Preface
Acknowledgments
Introduction
Foundations of Vajrayana
The Indian Prelude
How the Vajrayana Came to Tibet: The Early Spreading of the Dharma
How the Vajrayana Came to Tibet: The Later Spreading and Beyond
The Vajrayana in the Context of the Three-Yana Journey
The View of Vajrayana
Entering the Vajra World
Some Initial Vajrayana Perspectives
The World Beyond Thought
The Vajra Master
Entering the Vajrayana Path
Tantric Practice: Meditation on the Yidam
Subtleties of Practice: The Inner Yogas
Meeting the Essence of Mind
Mahamudra: The Great Symbol
Dzokchen: The Great Perfection
Tantric Applications
Lessons in Mortality: Death and Dying in Tantric Practice
Bodhisattvas in the World: Tulkus, Reincarnate Lamas
Themes of a Tulku's Life
The Practice of Retreat
The Passing of a Realized Master
Conclusion
Notes
Bibliography
Credits
Index

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