Buddhist tantra is rich in symbolism, and unique to Tibetan Buddhism. Discover how it differs from Hindu Tantra, and the unique features of this lightening fast approach to enlightenment. Find out about the four different categories of Buddhist Tantra, who can practice them, and where the practices we are most familiar with, like Chenrezig and Manjushri, fit in.
Connecting with the tantric deities, aspects of enlightened energy, can bring utmost meaning to your life and utmost benefit to others. However, misunderstanding the underlying principles of renunciation, bodhicitta and correct view, and how they support tantric practice, can lead us into difficulties. Find out how to decide which practice is ‘for you’, and what the criteria for entering the tantric path is. Topics include:
– What is Buddhist Tantra and how does it differ from Hindu Tantra?
– Understanding the rich symbolism of tantric deities
– Criteria for training in tantra – am I ready?
– The four categories of Buddhist tantra
– Bodhisattva vows, pledges of the Dhyani Buddhas
– Keeping up with commitments
Bookings are appreciated so we know how much to photocopy and how to set the chairs up. Tea and coffee provided. We will have three sessions: and introduction evening, a Saturday morning and a Sunday afternoon. The weekend teachings will have a short intermission each. Entry is by donation (suggested $120 for all three sessions, or $50 per session).
Geshe Tenzin Zopa is an accomplished Buddhist master and extremely popular teacher, fluent in English, and with a contemporary approach. Geshe-la’s enthusiasm and warmth capture the hearts of all who attend his teachings. His humble manner, gentle humour and clear and topical explanations of Buddhist philosophy engage everyone who attend his teachings. Geshe-la is featured in the 2008 documentary film Unmistaken Child, which follows his successful search for the reincarnation of his beloved master, Geshe Lama Konchog. This charming and emotional film is available on DVD or you can watch it on YouTube.