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The Meaning of Tantra
The Definition of the Word Tantra Buddha's teachings include both sutras and tantras. The sutras present the basic themes of practice for gaining liberation from uncontrollably recurring problems (Skt. samsara) and, beyond that, to reach the enlightened state of a Buddha, with...
Making Sense of Tantra
Need of Lam-rim Initial Scope in Tantra
Introduction If we’ve received a tantric initiation, we usually commit to doing the associated practice every day for the rest of our lives. Many Tibetans take these empowerments with the motivation of planting seeds for their future lives, with no aim to really practice...
The Need of Lam-rim for Practicing Tantra Effectively
The Efficiency of General Tantra: Gelug
[As background, see: The Main Features of Tantra] Methodology Tantra is well known as being a quicker and more efficient method for achieving enlightenment than is sutra. To appreciate tantra and put full enthusiasm into its practice in a realistic manner, it is important...
Why Tantra Is More Efficient Than Sutra
Tantra: Basis, Path & Resultant Continuums
I’d like to discuss how to practice tantra effectively. This is important for those of us who are involved already with tantra practice because we might not be engaging in those practices in the most effective manner; and in order to make our practice more effective, we need...
Effective Tantra Practice
Uttaratantra: Background of the Text
Today, we are gathered in a very special place, Bodh Gaya, the site in India where the most skillful, compassionate, and kind universal teacher, Shakyamuni Buddha, manifested his state of enlightenment. The Dharma teaching we shall be dealing with here on this occasion is...
The Dalai Lama on "Uttaratantra" & Buddha-Nature: Day One
Tantra: Fundamental Features
Tantra as a Structure on Which to Weave Sutra Practice This evening I’ve been asked to speak a little bit about tantra in general. When we look at the word tantra, it’s a Sanskrit word and what it means is the warp of a loom. A loom is something that you weave cloth on, and...
Overview of Tantra
Kriya Tantra: Six Deities Practice
Kriya tantra (ritual tantra) is the first of the four tantra classes in the Sarma classification scheme and the first of the six tantra classes in the Nyingma scheme. It puts a great deal of emphasis on cleanliness, vegetarianism and purification. PreliminariesBefore sitting...
Kriya Tantra Practice
Tantra: The Four Purities
OverviewTantra is more efficient than sutra for four different points, if we’d like to analyze it – get a little bit of structure here. The practice is closer to the resultant stage.There’s a closer union of method and wisdom, so a closer union of method and discriminating...
Elaboration of the Efficiency of Tantra over Sutra
Tantra: The Basis Level
We’re going to be speaking about tantra and various aspects of it. I’ll try to leave a little bit of time open for more questions in order to give you an opportunity to ask different things that might be of interest to you concerning the topic. Sutra Study and Practice ...
Essentials of Tantra in Terms of Hologram Theory
The Innate Joy of Mind
Introduction This weekend we are going to be talking about happiness and its role in sutra and tantra practice. There are of course many different ways to approach the topic, but what I propose to do first this evening, as a way of introduction, is to talk about where...
The Role of Happiness in Sutra and Tantra