Tibetian Tantra Dzogchen Vajranya Buddhism
- According to the derivation of 'Tantra'
from Tan, to spread, Tantra is that (Scripture) by which knowledge (Jñana)=
is spread (Tanyate, vistaryate jñanam
anena, iti Tantram).
The Suffix Tra is from the root 'to
save'. That knowledge is spread which
saves. What is that but religious
knowledge? Therefore, as here and
generally used, Tantra means a particular
kind of religious scripture.
Tantra, or more properly tantrika,
is a diverse and rich spiritual
tradition of the Indian sub-continent.
Although in recent years, in the
Western world, it has become almost exclusively associated with sex, in
reality this is one aspect of what is
a way of life.
In India itself, tantra is now, nearly always, associated with spells and
black deeds. Neither of these views is
correct, and each wildly underestimates
the wide-ranging nature of the different traditions.
The tradition, or perhaps better, the traditions, underwent many phases and=
schools over this period of time,
ranging from an extremely heterodox
viewpoint to, in some cases, a very
orthodox standpoint. Refer to this page
to see the vast diversity of thoughts
and practices subsumed under the word "tantra".
a great Tantra page;
from Lama Surya Das:
There are so many traditions and
different issues we could explore later
It says in the Vajrayana tradition,
to recognize the guru as like Buddha,
for if we see the guru as a Buddha, we
get the blessings of Buddha.
We can learn from the Buddha. The Buddha-energy will course through us,
and eventually to others through us.
We can get blessings and become Buddha.
It says that if we regard the teacher
as a Bodhisattva, we get the blessings
of a Bodhisattva.
If we see the teacher as ordinary, we
get the blessings of an ordinary person
and we don't become as spiritually
realized as a Buddha or Bodhisattva.
This is called daknang in Tibetan: the
tantric practice of sacred outlook or
This practice--given the right intention
training, guidance, concentration, and
conditions--can sublimate and
transmute sexual drive into higher,
more spiritual aspirations. Through
practices known as seminal retention, "melting and blazing," the "all-
consuming fire of total embrace,"
"mystic heat," and so forth, advanced practitioners have been able to
redirect the release of energy upward
through the body, opening all the
chakras in continuous waves of full-
body, orgasm-like bliss and consciousness
Quite a contrast--in purpose and experience--to the more typical,
brief, downward-releasing sexual
climax, usually followed by dullness
This transformation of energy is
Tantra's capacity for developing samadhi
(concentrative absorption), expanding consciousness, and opening into medi=
More than 1,000 years ago, the yogis of
Bengal and Orissa in India developed
this spiritual art, and a few still
practice it in an underground fashion,
as do the Tantric yogis and lamas of
Tibetan Buddhism, where it still
continues in the fullest form today.