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 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
What is Tantra Yoga? Definitely Orgasmic, But Not Sexual
Sadhguru Jaggi Vasudev (2013)
Question: What is tantra exactly? It is said that in the tantric tradition, when the relationship between the guru and shishya becomes intimate and sacred, there could be a closeness that could even be sexual. The shishya-guru attraction – as evident in the Krishna-gopi tradition of amorousness – might manifest as sexual union. So what is tantra really and how does it relate to our sexuality?
Sadhguru: Unfortunately, in western countries, tantra is being presented in such a way that it is supposed to mean uninhibited sex. It has been so badly misinterpreted. This is because books on tantra have been written by people who just want to sell books. They are not tantrics in any way.
The word “tantra” literally means a technique or a technology. This is an inner technology. These are subjective methods not objective methods. But in the current understanding in society, the word “tantra” refers to very unorthodox or socially unacceptable methods. It is just that certain aspects are used in a certain way. It is not any different from yoga. It is a limb of yoga called tantra yoga. Continue reading
Tantra (Sanskrit: तन्त्र) is the esoteric tradition of Hinduism and Buddhism that co-developed most likely about the middle of 1st millennium CE. The term tantra, in the Indian traditions, also means any systematic broadly applicable “text, theory, system, method, instrument, technique or practice”.
In Hinduism, the tantra tradition is associated with its goddess tradition called Shaktism, followed by Shaivism and Vaishnavism. In Buddhism, the Vajrayana tradition is known for its extensive tantra ideas and practices. Tantric Hindu and Buddhist traditions have influenced other religious traditions such as Jainism, Sikhism, the Tibetan Bön tradition, Daoism, and the Japanese Shintō tradition.
The Hindu texts that describe these topics are called Tantras, Āgamas or Samhitās.
Tantra (Sanskrit: तन्त्र) literally means “loom, warp, weave”. The connotation of the word tantra to mean an esoteric practice or religious ritualism is a colonial era European invention. The term is based on the 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
Text & image source: Moonlight Serenade https://web.facebook.com/Moonlight-Serenade-228504310532112/
The Numbers 4 and 8 – Fate and Destiny
These are known (especially when combined) as the “Numbers of Fate” and the “Numbers of Karma” and hard luck seems to pursue those whose lives are dominated by the 4 and the 8.
When the 4 or the 8 is the Single number of the day of birth, such as the 4th, 8th, 13th, 17th, 22nd, 26th, or 31st, the number has been chosen by the person, it represents in the wiser state of grace between incarnations. The Higher Self (soul or spirit), realising that there are heavy karmic debts to be balanced, which have been delayed or procrastinated for too many lifetimes, chooses the magnetic birth channel of the 4 or the 8 to insure that these long overdue karmic obligations are faced and finally neutralised. On the level of awareness between incarnations, the full import of the karmic chain is comprehended.
Naturally, one can’t avoid the 4 or 8 vibration as a birth number, nor should one be able to, since the 4 or the 8 guarantees that the person influenced by it will be placed involuntarily in specific situations where particular Karma will be balanced in the present existence. Therefore, you might think it unwise to try to remove any further 4 or 8 influence from your life, because its purpose for being there is so spiritually sound. Continue reading