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Secret of the Vajra World: The Tantric Buddhism of Tibet

Reginald A. Ray


PUBLISHED: 23rd July 2002
ISBN: 9781570629174
ANNOTATION:
This book provides an entree into the Tantric (or Vajrayana) Buddhism of Tibet, as conveyed by Tibetan masters teaching in the West, and as received by their Western students. The Tantric tradition is a unique collection of lesser-known texts, concepts, and meditation practices that are usually made available only to experienced and specially initiated practitioners. The "Vajra World" ( "vajradhatu" in Sanskrit) is a realm of indestructibility, the level of reality beyond all thought and imagination, all impermanence and change, which a fully realized person knows and inhabits. Used metaphorically, "Vajra World" refers to the traditional culture of Tibet and the unique spirituality that is its secret strength. Topics include: The tantric view of human nature and the external world The special role of the guru, or tantric mentor The preliminary practices that prepare the student for full initiation The major dimensions of Vajrayana practice, including visualizations, liturgies, and inner yogas The tradition of the "tulku," or incarnate lama The lore surrounding the death of ordinary people and of saints The practice of solitary retreat, the epitome of traditional Tibetan Buddhism "Secret of the Vajra World" is the companion volume to the author's earlier book, "Indestructible Truth: The Living Spirituality of Tibetan Buddhism." While that book focuses on the history, cosmology, philosophy, and practice of the more public, exoteric side of Tibetan Buddhism, this work treats its more hidden and esoteric aspects as they take shape in Vajrayana. Together, the two volumes provide a broad introduction to the major traditions of Tibetan Buddhism.
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PUBLISHED: 23rd July 2002
ISBN: 9781570629174
ANNOTATION:
This book provides an entree into the Tantric (or Vajrayana) Buddhism of Tibet, as conveyed by Tibetan masters teaching in the West, and as received by their Western students. The Tantric tradition is a unique collection of lesser-known texts, concepts, and meditation practices that are usually made available only to experienced and specially initiated practitioners. The "Vajra World" ( "vajradhatu" in Sanskrit) is a realm of indestructibility, the level of reality beyond all thought and imagination, all impermanence and change, which a fully realized person knows and inhabits. Used metaphorically, "Vajra World" refers to the traditional culture of Tibet and the unique spirituality that is its secret strength. Topics include: The tantric view of human nature and the external world The special role of the guru, or tantric mentor The preliminary practices that prepare the student for full initiation The major dimensions of Vajrayana practice, including visualizations, liturgies, and inner yogas The tradition of the "tulku," or incarnate lama The lore surrounding the death of ordinary people and of saints The practice of solitary retreat, the epitome of traditional Tibetan Buddhism "Secret of the Vajra World" is the companion volume to the author's earlier book, "Indestructible Truth: The Living Spirituality of Tibetan Buddhism." While that book focuses on the history, cosmology, philosophy, and practice of the more public, exoteric side of Tibetan Buddhism, this work treats its more hidden and esoteric aspects as they take shape in Vajrayana. Together, the two volumes provide a broad introduction to the major traditions of Tibetan Buddhism.

Annotation

This book provides an entree into the Tantric (or Vajrayana) Buddhism of Tibet, as conveyed by Tibetan masters teaching in the West, and as received by their Western students. The Tantric tradition is a unique collection of lesser-known texts, concepts, and meditation practices that are usually made available only to experienced and specially initiated practitioners. The "Vajra World" ( "vajradhatu" in Sanskrit) is a realm of indestructibility, the level of reality beyond all thought and imagination, all impermanence and change, which a fully realized person knows and inhabits. Used metaphorically, "Vajra World" refers to the traditional culture of Tibet and the unique spirituality that is its secret strength. Topics include: The tantric view of human nature and the external world The special role of the guru, or tantric mentor The preliminary practices that prepare the student for full initiation The major dimensions of Vajrayana practice, including visualizations, liturgies, and inner yogas The tradition of the "tulku," or incarnate lama The lore surrounding the death of ordinary people and of saints The practice of solitary retreat, the epitome of traditional Tibetan Buddhism "Secret of the Vajra World" is the companion volume to the author's earlier book, "Indestructible Truth: The Living Spirituality of Tibetan Buddhism." While that book focuses on the history, cosmology, philosophy, and practice of the more public, exoteric side of Tibetan Buddhism, this work treats its more hidden and esoteric aspects as they take shape in Vajrayana. Together, the two volumes provide a broad introduction to the major traditions of Tibetan Buddhism.

Publisher Description

This first truly comprehensive introduction to the hidden practices and traditions of Tibetan Buddhism is the companion volume to Indestructible Truth. It provides an entre into the mysterious world of Tantric (or Vajrayana) Buddhism as practised in Tibet and as conveyed by Tibetan masters teaching in the West. In an accessible and engaging style, the author demonstrates how the practice of Tantra fosters an appreciation for ordinary life as the place where ultimate revelation occurs.

Author Biography

Reginald A. Ray, Ph.D. is one of the most innovative and experienced meditation teachers currently teaching in the West, drawing on 38 years of study within the Tibetan tradition and many years of solitary and group retreat practice. He teaches within the dharma and meditation lineages of the great siddha Ch??gyam Trungpa, Rinpoche. On the faculty of Naropa University since its beginning, he is the author of Touching Enlightenment (Sounds True, 2008), In the Presence of Masters (Shambhala, 2004), Indestructible Truth (Shambhala, 2002), Secret of the Vajra World (Shambhala, 2002), Buddhist Sain

Review

"An accessible, far-ranging guidebook."-- Tricycle

Product Details

Author
Reginald A. Ray
Short Title
SECRET OF THE VAJRA WORLD
Pages
544
Language
English
ISBN-10
157062917X
ISBN-13
9781570629174
Media
Book
Format
Paperback
Illustrations
Yes
Year
2002
Publication Date
2002-07-31
Subtitle
The Tantric Buddhism of Tibet
Country of Publication
United States
Edition
1st
Publisher
Shambhala
Audience
General/Trade