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Introduction to Tantra: The Transformation of Desire

4.07 of 5 stars 4.07  ·  rating details  ·  282 ratings  ·  23 reviews
This introduction recognizes and explains how to channel the powerful energies aroused by human desires, and how to transform lives with them.
Paperback, Large Print, 282 pages
Published October 8th 2010 by ReadHowYouWant (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
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
Shirari Industries
Apr 20, 2009 Shirari Industries rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: buddhists, peace activists, philosophers
Recommended to Shirari 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
Matt Harris
Jun 20, 2007 Matt Harris rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: those with a grounding in buddhism
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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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Nick
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
Elena
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
Florin Pitea
Read it recently. Enjoyed it for its clarity.
IAO131
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.'
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
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.
drunkstoryteller
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
Sabrina
Sep 16, 2008 Sabrina rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: people studying Eastern philosophy.
This is a great introduction to the philsophical precepts of Tanta. Most people think only of the Westernized 'Kama Sutra' like implications of the word Tantra. But what it really shows is that Tantra is a general training of the spirit to take meaning and delight in our senses - all of them - and how to remove our self-limitations.
Maleka
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.
Rodrigo d'Orey
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.
Lisa Eskra
Spiritually illuminating book. Easy to read and understand. Some parts felt repetitive but overall very good.
Ariele
This was an interesting book on Buddhist Tantra, but I was a little lost by the end.
Jessikah
I really enjoyed reading about tantric meditation. Very useful and inspiring.
Florin Pitea
Read it recently. Enjoyed it for its clarity.
Nikki
Got a little redundant. But was enlightening.
Safoura
a beginners introduction. not bad
Gerd
Love it. Simple, true and practical.
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