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Introduction to Tantra (Discovering Buddhism)

Learn the meaning of tantra, how tantra works and why it is such a powerful form of practice. Get a broad overview of the four classes of tantra and learn how to practice simple kriya tantric methods. In addition, find out how to integrate the practices of tantra with the lam rim meditation for optimal results.

The main aim of this unit is to give you all the information you need so you can make an informed decision about whether to enter the tantric path. We will clear up some common misunderstandings and confusion, and give you the tools to make your decision from a place of wisdom and compassion. The unit also has a very practical component, with helpful tips on how to set up a retreat and what practices to start with.

 

Foundation of success in tantra is the Three Principal Paths
Explanation of what tantra is, and and the differences between sutra and tantra
Deity yoga using the 1,000 Chenrezig practice as an example
Four classes of tantra, focusing on lower tantra
Two stages of Highest Yoga Tantra
Preliminary practices (overview and purpose) to get the very best results
How to set up and do deity retreats with lam rim
The importance of Guru devotion for our safe journey and development

Wish-fulfilling Golden Sun, by Lama Zopa Rinpoche (pp. 106-119, 143-187) photocopied book
Liberation in the Palm of Your Hand, by Pabongkha Rinpoche (pp.707-708)
DB Required Reading, Introduction to Tantra, photocopied LTC booklet
Introduction to Tantra, by Lama Thubten Yeshe (library copy or available from the LTC shop)

Meditation on deity yoga (Chenrezig, Tara, Vajrasattva or Manjushri)
Nyung-Ne retreat
Attend a Tara Puja at LTC (as per Rinpoche’s request)

Lower tantra initiations, retreats or meditations
One week deity retreat with meditation on lam-rim
Weekend retreat with 9 sessions covering the 9 preliminaries
Prostrations to the 35 Buddhas and other preliminaries
Vajrasattva retreat day or Thursday evening meditations
The Tantric Distinction, by Jeffrey Hopkins
Essence of Tibetan Buddhism, by Lama Yeshe, LYWA
Introduction to Tantra, Lama Yeshe DVD (Youtube and library)
Three Principal Paths, Lama Yeshe DVD (Youtube and library)

Date

December 3

Time

10:30 am - 12:00 pm
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Location

Langri Tangpa Centre
535 Old Cleveland Road, Camp Hill, QLD, 4152

Cost

By donation (suggested $10 per class, but no set amount) Bound notes for the unit are $30.

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