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Introduction to Tantra: The Transformation of Desire

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This introduction recognizes and explains how to channel the powerful energies aroused by human desires, and how to transform lives with them.
ebook, 192 pages
Published June 10th 2005 by Wisdom Publications (first published November 25th 1987)
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Timothy
Excellent description of Tibetan Buddhist Tantra; the transformation of desire and pleasures into transcendental experiences of deep penetrative awareness; this is absolutely amazing!

There is a wonderful universality of Tantra that goes far beyond the specific traditions of Tibetan Buddhism, this book occasionally loses itself in these traditions especially when describing the role of a lama/guru/teacher and the divisive view of "western" people contrasted with Tibetan; an over-simplification th
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Polly Trout
May 18, 2008 Polly Trout rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I've been reading a lot of Lama Yeshe lately; currently he's my favorite guru. He is funny, straightforward, humble, and full of joy. He makes renouncing worldly desire sound like it is the most delicious, erotic, hilarious party ever. I wish I could pull that off. Of his books, this is the most accessible and famous. I'm also reading several of his more obscure books, which I'm getting a lot out of but I would be hesitant to recommend them to anyone else I know, unless they were as obsessed wit ...more
Kyle Hipke
I happened upon this after reading through David Chapman's hypertext book "Meaningness" and checking out his other blog posts where he talks about tantra.

Apparently it's a good overview of what tantra is all about. Unfortunately, I found it to be full of a lot of woo.

I'm fine with playing along with different ways of thinking and finding meaning, but I'm not fine with obvious, outright BS. For example, believing that someone can put out a fire threatening to burn down a temple by meditating. Or
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Matt Harris
Jun 20, 2007 Matt Harris rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: those with a grounding in buddhism
Shelves: top10books
This lovely book made me look at the world differently, which a book can and should do. However not all books give a lasting insight which one can trace through years.

It is not about the kind of tantra associated with sex, per se, although of course this can be a very high expression of the tantric concepts. The book explains the benefits of being aware of desire and attachment in terms of relating day to day with anyone.

Of course, the buddhist concept of desire is that it leads to attachment to
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Imaginarian
Dec 21, 2015 Imaginarian rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2015
Tantra is about taking the energy of everyday desires, channeling it through our 'fundamentally pure minds,' and walking 'the middle way' of life through 'experience and not blind faith.' There's much repetitive talk in the book about the need to do these things- the tone of the book is almost sing-songy- and yet, not much instruction is given as to how to achieve these feats, aside from a vague discussion on deity-yoga and another (creepy) discussion on guru-yoga.

Deity-yoga is envisioning ones
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Shira and Ari Evergreen
Apr 20, 2009 Shira and Ari Evergreen rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: buddhists, peace activists, philosophers
Recommended to Shira and Ari by: Isaac
This book is written in an engaging style which is meant to approximate the voice of influential Lama Yeshe, who died in the late 1980s and was reincarnated to parents in Spain. The text explains how someone can use tantric (Tibetan) buddhism to reach enlightenment efficiently, which theoretically will allow you to, like Lama Yeshe, control the process of dying and rebirth so that you can help others and create a more compassionate world. It includes detailed descriptions of meditations and othe ...more
Elena
Mar 09, 2013 Elena rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Tantra este una dintre cele mai străvechi căi spirituale indiene, conform lui Mircea Eliade fiind chiar anterioară Vedelor. În aceste vremuri de haos social și afectiv, avem o nevoie urgentă de acel ceva care, indiferent de opțiunile intelectuale sau religioase ale fiecăruia, să ne facă să dobândim flexibilitate mentală, câștigând o mai mare libertate față de conjuncturile exterioare. Așadar, cititorul trebuie să înceteze a mai privi tantra ca pe un mănunchi de practici exotice nepotrivite menta ...more
Nick
Apr 12, 2009 Nick rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book is not about what you probably think it's about. There's no sex in it. It's about how to escape the human cycle of suffering -- wanting things, getting them, having them not satisfy you, and then wanting some more. The bad news is that the first step is to stop focusing on yourself and start focusing on alleviating the suffering of others. I say 'bad news' because tantra is supposed to be the Buddhist 'fast lane' to enlightenment. But it's clear from reading this lucid, well-argued app ...more
Maleka
Oct 06, 2013 Maleka rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Mind blowing in the simplicity and clarity of the writing. Excellent introduction to Buddhism, the study of tantra, concepts like bodhichitta, and more. I was also very impressed with how Lama Yeshe brought modern issues into the way he introduced tantra. I wanted to highlight sentences from almost every paragraph.
Rhonda
May 22, 2014 Rhonda rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Great book
Gerd
Love it. Simple, true and practical.
Safoura
a beginners introduction. not bad
Melissa Rudd
Sep 12, 2016 Melissa Rudd rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I’ve been pretty delinquent on the Goodreads reviews lately, due to much moving around (Taiwan-> Nepal-> Boston-> Colorado-> California) and the fact that classes have started up again, including a pretty intense Brain and Behavior (Neuroscience) course in which I have very limited background (but am swiftly getting more!). I’ve also managed to find a job working at the student Writing Center, a Research Assistantship to help with tuition, and some private tutoring. All of this has b ...more
Nikki
Dec 25, 2011 Nikki rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Got a little redundant. But was enlightening.
Florin Pitea
Feb 28, 2013 Florin Pitea rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Read it recently. Enjoyed it for its clarity.
Jennifer Teo
Nov 14, 2016 Jennifer Teo rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Interesting info, amazing insights and great read.
Ian Willis
Mar 19, 2015 Ian Willis rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I can't say as I was blown away by this book. However, it is a fast read and puts into very clear language the basic concepts of Tantric Buddhism. The concepts are pretty universal in my opinion and could be just as useful to someone pursuing an Abrahamic or Pagan path as an Eastern one (hell, even a psychedelic path). It helps a lot to get your head straight about motivation, accumulating a store of positive energy, and letting go, etc and even applying these concepts to our inevitable deaths. ...more
Cristina Frîncu
Când am început să citesc Introducerea în Tantra a lui Lama Yeshe, singurele beculețe care mi se aprindeau în cap în legătură cu subiectul erau Patrick Swayze și cântecelul celor de la The Mamas and the Papas, California Dreamin’. Cu alte cuvinte, eram într-o beznă d-aia în care nu mai știam nici de unde-am plecat, nici unde mă duc, nici măcar unde sunt; cât despre Bodhisattva, îmi plăcea să mi-l imaginez sub formă de Patrick Swayze în PointBreak, un Bodhi care călărea valurile cu placa de surf ...more
Hyperliteratura
Când am început să citesc Introducerea în Tantra a lui Lama Yeshe, singurele beculețe care mi se aprindeau în cap în legătură cu subiectul erau Patrick Swayze și cântecelul celor de la The Mamas and the Papas, California Dreamin’. Cu alte cuvinte, eram într-o beznă d-aia în care nu mai știam nici de unde-am plecat, nici unde mă duc, nici măcar unde sunt; cât despre Bodhisattva, îmi plăcea să mi-l imaginez sub formă de Patrick Swayze în PointBreak, un Bodhi care călărea valurile cu placa de surf ...more
Madi
Sep 07, 2014 Madi rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A really good introduction to what to aim for and expect out of tantra.
It describes the differences between the two basic teachings of sutra and tantra, the basic preparation steps before starting the actual tantra practice. You will discover that tantra is more about seeing yourself as a God and about having the ability to transcend into a better place in the death.
Rodrigo d'Orey
Jul 17, 2013 Rodrigo d'Orey rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is such an excellent book. Very inspiring, clear and practical on its approach. The last few chapters such as "Entering Highest Tantric Practice" and sections on deity yoga and the process of dying and were particularly inspirational.
IAO131
Apr 17, 2014 IAO131 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: buddhism
Good intro to Buddhist Tantra philosophy, clearly explained without tons of jargon, and no focus on the glamour and intrigue popularly associated with the term 'tantric.'
Lisa Eskra
Jun 23, 2010 Lisa Eskra rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Spiritually illuminating book. Easy to read and understand. Some parts felt repetitive but overall very good.
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Lama Thubten Yeshe was a monastic teacher of Tibetan Buddhism most closely associated with the Gelug school of the Dalai Lamas. He established the Foundation for the Preservation of the Mahayana Tradition (FPMT), and was succeeded in leadership of that organization by his heart-disciple Lama Thubten Zopa in 1984.
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