Vajrayana Buddhism (Devanagari: बज्रयान) is also known as Tantric Buddhism, Tantrayāna, Mantrayana, Mantranaya, Secret Mantra, Esoteric Buddhism and the Diamond Vehicle. These terms are not regarded as equivalent.
Vajrayana is as an extension of Mahayana Buddhism since it differs in its practices, rather than its philosophy. The Mahayana has two practice paths: the Sutrayana method of perfecting good qualities and the Vajrayāna method of taking the intended outcome of Buddhahood as the path. The Vajrayana requires mystical experience in order to experience Buddha-nature prior to full enlightenment. In order to transmit these experiences, a body of esoteric knowledge has been accumulated by Buddhist tantric yogis and is passed via lineages of transmission. In order to access this knowledge, the practitioner requires initiation from a skilled spiritual teacher or guru.
The Vajrayana is often viewed as the third major Yana (or “vehicle”) of Buddhism, alongside the Theravada and Mahayana. According to this view, there were three “turnings of the wheel of dharma”. Continue reading
Tantra for Women
by Ishtara (1999) [Edited]
Many women carry traumatic imprints of an age of injury, humiliation and degradation, in their wombs and bodies. These memories are reaffirmed not only as women experience objectification of their bodies, forceful sex, painful childbirth, but also through unfulfilled, incomplete orgasms. Most women choose to compromise their vast potential by remaining in a state of denial about their own sexual needs, wants and desires. Conditioned by society to feel insecure about their bodies and to compete with their sisters for available men, women feel disenfranchised and seldom realize their full sexual prowess.
How do we, as women, reclaim our sexual power?
The first step is to stop denying and to inform ourselves as to what has happened to women – how we have lost our power to patriarchal religions that deny both our sexuality and our spirituality. Since our sexuality and spirituality are inextricably connected, denying either of them denies our wholeness. Such denial leaves us fragmented beings searching for an identity which doesn’t lie in the inaccurate models of a male dominated, sexually repressive culture. The only models of women that the patriarchal religions have provided for both men and women are those of the virgin-mother or the whore. Continue reading
Tantra for Men
by Ishtara (1999) [Edited]
My purpose here is to explore how men have been wounded by lack of sexual initiation, or social factors, and to suggest some initial steps men can take to further healing.
As an instructor of basic Tantric practices and as a sexual healer, I have loved many men in my life. However, it is with a limited confidence that I approach the subject of male sexual wounding because I am not a man. I can’t access the same resonance as when I talk about women. Nevertheless, I have seen, felt and heard men’s wounding and the unnecessary suffering that results.
Attempting to understand how a man experiences himself as a sexual being requires that we take a closer look at how we’ve all been wounded. We’ve all been victims of a socialization and discrimination Continue reading
…shades of night.
“The sky grew darker, painted blue on blue,
one stroke at a time, into deeper
and deeper shades of night.”
~ Haruki Murakami
Image~Tender is cheetah night by Carlos Santero
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GREATNESS OF – 4
By Sreemathey Ramanujaya Namaha
After the article Tremendous – 3, The very next Number 4, has also much connectivity with our sampradhyaam, let us a see a few of them.
1) The Yugas are 4 in number namely
Krita yugam with 1,728,000 years;
Treta yugam with 1,296,000 years;
Dvapara yugam with 864,000 years;
Kali yugam with 432,000 years.
These four yugas follow a time line ratio of (4:3:2:1)
2) It is understood the Lord appears in different colors in different yugas
In Tretha yuga he assumed the white (swetha) colour;
In Krithya yugam he took Pravesa (Pavazha) colour;
In Dwapara Yuga he assumed the Green (Margatha) colour;
In Kali yuga, he took the form of dark blue colour. Continue reading
LIFE PATH 8
Those with the 8 Life Path are gifted with natural leadership and the capacity to accumulate great wealth. You have a great talent for management in all areas of life, especially in business and financial matters. You understand the material world; you intuitively know what makes virtually any enterprise work. Your talent lies not with the bookkeeping or petty management, but with greater vision, its purpose and its long-range goals.
You are a visionary and a bit reckless at the same time. You posses the ability to inspire people to join you in your quest, but often they are incapable of seeing what you see. Therefore, those around you need your continual guidance, inspiration, and encouragement. You must prod them into action, and direct them along the lines of your vision. You attract financial success more than any other Life Path, but effort is required. Continue reading