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Summary

A new edition of this perennial classic. "The best introductory work on Tibetan Buddhist tantra available today." - Janet Gyatso, Harvard University.

What is tantra? Who is qualified to practice it? How should it be practiced? What are the results? According to Buddhism, every human being has the potential to achieve profound and lasting happiness. And according to the tantric teachings of Buddhism, this remarkable transformation can be realized very quickly if we utilize all aspects of our human energy - especially the energy of our desires. Introduction to Tantra is the best available clarification of a subject that is often misunderstood. Tantra recognizes that the powerful energy aroused by our desire is an indispensable resource for the spiritual path. It is precisely because our lives are so inseparably linked with desire that we must make use of desire's tremendous energy not just for pleasure, but to transform our lives. Lama Yeshe presents tantra as a practice leading to joy and self-discovery, with a vision of reality that is simple, clear, and relevant to 21st-century life.

©2014 Lama Zopa Rinpoche (P)2016 Audible, Inc.

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This is yet another book that it so meditative and worth every minute of it.

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Educational and excellent

A complicated subject with a lot of folklore yet explained clearly and beautifully. Thoroughly enjoyed the book and the reader.

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  • Eric R Linsky
  • 18-10-17

best intro to tantra I've heard

I wish i had discovered this understanding of buddhism a long time ago. I made the mistake early on of thinking that earlier buddhism (hinayana) was more authoritative and superior. I have since learned that i have almost no interest in early buddhism, and greatly prefer mahayana and tantric conceptions. this book will also be useful for people studying hindu tantra.

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  • Cg West Sayville
  • 19-09-17

seriously perfect for beginners

you can feel the Integrity of this project. content and narrating are pure and clear.So the message goes down like honey.worth mAking a special time to absorb...good definitions are helpful and add to comprehension

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  • Teri
  • 06-08-17

Clarifies misconceptions of what Tantra really is about

Wonderfully enlightening introduction to the practice of Tantra. Straightforward and easy to understand without being abstract, while maintaining Tantra's divine qualities of mysticism.

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  • Dustin
  • 11-03-18

Poorly Pronounced Introduction

The narration was fine until Tibetan terms came up. I don't speak the language, but either this guy is right and everyone else I've heard is wrong, or it's the other way. Also, it's a very high level summary so there is nothing in the way of a concrete practice to really take from this text. I learned a fair bit, but got nothing I can take to my regular sitting practice.

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  • Nursey
  • 24-01-18

Dry, Imperious

Fajer Al-Kasai gives a dry and imperious reading of this millenial-old knowledge and practice; sounds downright unfriendly. Lots of practical advice; kind of avoids zeroing into anything smacking of spiritual bliss, which I thought is what Tantra is about. I will reread, perhaps I am being too harsh just because I didn't glean from it what I expected.

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  • AY
  • 08-01-18

Great audiobook

Would you consider the audio edition of Introduction to Tantra to be better than the print version?

For this type of material, the audiobook was so so great for me. I have a very hard time reading & comprehending this in print version. With audio, I can listen to it over & over again which works for me.

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Budda

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The voice was easy to listen. Sometimes I fell asleep.

Any additional comments?

Great audiobook during any commute.

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  • Marcelle
  • 08-10-17

Lama Thunder Yeshe

This book is awesome! Good for the beginning student to have a basic understanding of Tantra practice. Stunning!