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“Tantra” found in 111 documents
A Precious Garland for the Four Themes (of Gampopa)
Prologue In Sanskrit, (this text) is called Dharma-chatur-ratna-mala. In Tibetan, it is called Chos-bzhi rin-po-che’i ‘phreng-ba. [In English, it is called A Precious Garland for the Four Themes (of Gampopa).] I prostrate to all the Buddhas and bodhisattvas. (1) With a crown...
Advice Concerning Ngondro Preliminary Practices
Introduction The Tibetan word ngondro (sngon-’gro) is usually translated as “preliminary practices,” but Tsenzhab Serkong Rinpoche, one of my main teachers, always emphasized that that’s not really the flavor of the word. Although literally it means “to go before,” so...
Advice for Taking a Tantric Initiation
The mechanism for how receiving an initiation prepares us for successful tantra practice.
Auxiliary Bonding Practices
In addition to taking bodhisattva and tantric vows, we also pledge at an anuttarayoga empowerment to maintain certain practices or attitudes that bond us closely to tantra. A vow (sdom-pa) is a restraint from a detrimental action, while a bonding practice is an engagement in a...
Bodhichitta and the Two Truths in Anuttarayoga Tantra
Conventional and Deepest Bodhichittas Conventional bodhichitta (kun-rdzob byang-sems, relative bodhichitta) focuses on the superficial truth (kun-rdzob bden-pa, conventional truth, relative truth) of enlightenment, such as its qualities of omniscience. Deepest bodhichitta...
Bonding Practices for Mother Tantra
Mother, Father, and Nondual Tantra According to Gelug and some Kagyu masters, anuttarayoga tantra has two divisions – father (pha-rgyud) and mother tantra (ma-rgyud). The former emphasizes practices involving the energy-winds for arising in subtle forms known as illusory...
Buddha in Theravada, Mahayana and Tantra: The Same?
This article explains the various non-conflicting contextual presentations of the Buddha’s life, and teaches us how these can be practically applied to our spiritual path.
Buddha-Nature and the Clear Light Mind
Buddha-nature (sangs-rgyas-kyi rigs) – as discussed by Maitreya in Uttaratantra (rGyud bla-ma; The Furthest Everlasting Continuum) – is basically those factors that are responsible for everybody to become a Buddha. Why is it possible that we can become Buddhas and that...
Common Bonding Practices for the Buddha Families
An empowerment (initiation) for any anuttarayoga or yoga tantra system requires, in addition to taking the bodhisattva and tantric vows, a pledge to adopt and maintain certain practices that create close bonds (dam-tshig, Skt. samaya, bonding practice) with the individual...
Common Misunderstandings about Tantra
A look at common misunderstandings people have about tantra.