What is Tantra?

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Traditional Tantra is an ancient spiritual practice which originated in India several thousand years ago.

According to the oral instruction we have received from our Tibetan Buddhist Lama, Tantra is best understood as a form of yogic practice, which includes sexual and non-sexual teachings designed to transform human consciousness, remove the veils of ignorance, and realize ‘enlightenment’.

Traditional Buddhist Tantra began with the Buddha Shakyamuni nearly 2,600 years ago. These teachings spread throughout South East Asia, China, and Tibet.

The word ‘Tantra” literally means “to weave”. Specifically, in the Vajrayana tradition, it means  ‘to weave light and sound with form.’  

In this definition of the word ‘Tantra’, the physical body represents form, light represents specific visualizations, and sound is represented by chanting mantric syllables.  

The process of weaving light and sound with form gives rise to a profound transformation of human consciousness, and ultimately, the full realization of enlightenment – which simply means ‘freedom from suffering’.

According to the training we have received, this “weaving of light and sound with form” is a defining principle of authentic tantric practice in the Vajrayana Buddhist Tradition.

These ‘weaving’ practices are done at first non-sexually in order to build an understanding and relationship to the practice.

They can then be applied to sexual experiences in order to consciously utilize the powerful energies generated during sexual pleasure.  These energies are then directed to healiAng and enriching body, mind, and spirit.

In the Western world today, the word ‘Tantra’ is used to describe anything from a meditation class to an erotic massage, and yet the underlying theme in all forms of modern and traditional tantra practice is the cultivation of a freer, more balanced, more realized state of consciousness.

According to our Tibetan Buddhist Teacher, Tantra is not a religion; it is a holistic lifestyle practice for integrating body, mind, spirit, and sex so that you can experience more happiness, more peace, more joy, more connection, and more love in every area of your life.

In the words of our Lama, “Your tantra practice should be improving the quality of your everyday life in order to be effective”.

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