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The Dawn of Tantra

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Westerners wanting to know about tantra—particularly the Buddhist tantra of Tibet—often find only speculation and fancy. Tibet has been shrouded in mystery, and "tantra" has been called upon to name every kind of esoteric fantasy. In The Dawn of Tantra the reader meets a Tibetan meditation master and a Western scholar, each of whose grasp of Buddhist tantra is real and un ...more
Paperback, 112 pages
Published November 13th 2001 by Shambhala (first published January 1st 1975)
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Tim Pendry
Originally published in 1975 but frequently reprinted since, this was an attempt by Professor Herbert Guenther and the Tibetan-Buddhist Chogyam Trungpa to provide a more grounded view of Tantra at a time of ‘New Thought’ ferment on the West Coast of America.

Care must always be taken with such books – the interpretation of two men is as representative of all tantric thought as two nice liberals might be in interpreting Christianity to India. The Buddhist strand is only half the story – there is a
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Herbert Vighnāntaka Günther (March 17, 1917 – March 11, 2006) was Professor and Head of the Department of Far Eastern Studies at the University of Saskatchewan (Saskatoon, Canada), and one of the first translators of Tibetan Vajrayana and Dzogchen teachings into English.
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