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The Psychology Of Buddhist Tantra
by Rob Preece
This book masterfully clarifies the nature of tantric practice. In contrast to the approaches of conventional religion, tantra does not attempt to soothe the turmoil of existence with consoling promises of heaven and salvation. The tantric practitioner chooses to confront the bewildering and chaotic forces of fear, aggression, desire, and pride, and to work with them in su ...more
Paperback, 288 pages
Published November 8th 2006 by Snow Lion
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Tibetean Buddhism has always been a puzzle to me. I just couldn't make a connection.I guess the esoteric terminology and all the deities were just a bit too far out there. Now however after some years of practice and a lot of reading in psychology, patricularly Jung with his explorations of the roile of symbolism in human psychology I felt ready to attempt this book. I am glad I did. My own journey has led me in a direction away from intellect and into the much less tangible arenas of dreams and ...more
explores the relationship between jungian psychology and tibetan buddhist tantra. both employ symbolic expressions of archetypal capacities latent in the psyche. particularly helpful are practices such as devotion, various yogas, mantras and dieties. practiced together skillfully in proper circumstances, these psychological tools may effect profound transformation of the conventional consciousness into ultimate awareness. this book helps explain this process so that it may be both practiced and ...more
I loved parts of this book and had difficulty with other parts of it which seemed too transcendental. I don't think we need Jung in order to understand the academical process of Buddhist Tantra. I just wish he had explained it without requiring Jungian terms.