Lama Yeshe presents tantra as a practice leading to joy and self-discovery, with a vision of reality that is simple, clear, and relevant to. Introduction to tantra: the transformation of desire / Lama Thubten Yeshe ; compiled and introduces the practice of tantra in his monumental work The Lama. Lama Yeshe’s Introduction to Tantra did not actually appear until It seems According to Lama Yeshe, the practice of tantra is so suitable for the modern.

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Apr 17, IAO rated it really liked it Shelves: However, there remains some beautiful food-for-thought information in here, but it’s very generic Buddhist wisdom that can be found in most other Alma books. Introduction to Tantra By Lama Yeshe. I don’t think life is as simple as having one clearly defined mission.

To help solve this problem, Shakyamuni Buddha taught methods for breaking out of our ego prison and identifying ourselves with the enlightened beings of the past, present and future.

And according to the tantric teachings of Buddhism, this remarkable transformation can be realized very quickly if we utilize all aspects of our human energyespecially introduftion energy of our desires. Therefore, when we try to be like them, through the practice itroduction tantra, prayer or any other method, it is only to be able to serve others in a similarly selfless way.

Apparently it’s a good overview itroduction what tantra inntroduction all about. Enjoyed it for its clarity. A genuine generation of Boddhicitta is attained only when, through the training of the mind, the aspiration to attain full enlightenment becomes spontaneous and no longer requires any deliberate exertion. It is precisely because our lives are so inseparably linked with desire that we must make use tanttra desire’s tremendous energy not just for pleasure, but to transform our lives. Two stars for the nice Buddhist thoughts.

Mar 19, Ian Willis rated it really liked it. An altruistic aspiration to attain full enlightenment for the benefit of all beings, Boddhicitta is cultivated on the basis of certain mental attitudes, principal among them being the development of love and compassion towards all beings equally. Tantra recognizes that the powerful energy aroused by our desire is an indispensable resource for the spiritual path.


The former refers to that aspect of boddhicitta defined above, whereas the latter refers to the discriminative awareness prajna of directly realising emptiness which is induced by the altruistic motivation of boddhicitta. Through seeing ourselves as one with our spiritual guide we banish the self-pitying thought: The text explains how someone can use tantric Tibetan buddhism to reach enlightenment efficiently, which theoretically will allow you to, like Lama Yeshe, control the process of dying and rebirth so that you can help tanta and create a more compassionate world.

This book is just like every other western-facing introductory writing on tantra, with lots to say about promises of happiness and why this path is a good path but without actually describing the practice. I hear that not all followers follow plans tatra Lama Yeshe’s to the letter, though he does speak with such an authoritative voice that one would think that his plan is the tried and true method to attain enlightenment.

I’m fine with playing along with different ways of thinking and finding meaning, but I’m not fine with obvious, outright BS. Bodhisattvas, literally meaning ‘heroes of enlightenment’, are courageous individuals who dedicate their entire being towards a single goal, ie. Before we can board the lightning vehicle of tantra, we have to understand why it is both necessary and possible to abandon our ordinary, limited view of ourselves and generate in its place the enlightened self- identity of a fully evolved being.

Jul 17, Diamond rated it it was ok Shelves: Review quote “Lama Yeshe was one of the forefathers capable of translating Tibetan Buddhist thought not only through language, but by his presence, gestures and way of life.

What we have to understand is that Avalokiteshvara and Jesus, for example, are exactly the same; the essential nature of each is complete selfless devotion in the service of others.

Oct 28, Gerd added it. Amazon can get them too http: They are invitations to suppress rational thought. Published June 15th by Wisdom Publications first published November 25th He was a wonderful person who had the unique quality of conveying the true message of the union of compassion and wisdom. ibtroduction

Introduction to Tantra : The Transformation of Desire

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. Got a little redundant. Description New edition of this perennial classic.


As a prerequisite for the successful practice of tantra, the development of bodhicitta is absolutely necessary It has been said by all masters that to be properly qualified to practise tantra, we must possess a very strong bodhicitta motivation. I don’t buy that. It’s too bad that the word “tantra” carries so much baggage.

May 30, Jessikah rated it really liked it. The bad news is that the first step is to stop focusing on yourself and start focusing on alleviating the suffering of others. I can’t say as I was blown away by this book. He lives in Santa Cruz, California. 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 lifetimesin 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.

And the root of the tantric path is unifying oneself with this source of inspiration through the practice of guru-yoga. It helps a lot to get your head straight about motivation, accumulating a store of positive energy, and letting go, etc and even applying these concepts to our inevitable deaths.

Or cure their cancer with positive thinking. For example, looking at lovely girls walking down the street, used to be a real mind wandering wish-fest!

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Feb 03, Charles rated it liked it. Unfortunately, I found it to be full of a lot of woo. This introduction recognizes and explains how to channel the powerful energies aroused by human desires, and how to transform lives with them.

Introduction to Tantra: The Transformation of Desire by Lama Thubten Yeshe

In they founded the international Buddhist organization, the Foundation for the Preservation of the Mahayana Tradition FPMTwhich now has more than centers, projects and services worldwide. It’s basically just motivational speaking, which is not what I was looking for in a book of this title.

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