Secret of the Vajra World The Tantric Buddhism of Tibet
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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, 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.
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All the information you need in one place! Each Study Brief is a summary of one specific subject; facts, figures, and explanations to help you learn faster.
List price: $39.95
Copyright year: 2002
Publisher: Shambhala Publications, Incorporated
Publication date: 7/23/2002
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.00" long x 1.50" tall
|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|
|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|