Discovering Buddhism module 13, Intro to Tantra
If you do an internet search on the word tantra, you might find some workshops or books that teach you how to have better sex. Don’t worry; that’s NOT what this course is about. The Sanskrit word “tantra” means “continuum” and is cognate with the English word “thread”.
This course is about the part of the Mahayana path known variously as Secret Mantra, Vajrayana, or Tantra.
Compared to the sutra approach, the tantric path enables us to transcend our presently obscured condition and experience unencumbered enlightenment much more rapidly. In fact, a fully qualified tantric practitioner can achieve enlightenment within one short lifetime! That is why tantra is sometimes called the Lightning Vehicle.
Through the various methods contained in tantra, we train to visualize ourselves as if we were already fully enlightened. We learn to transcend our ordinary, limited self-identify and view ourselves as possessing the holy body, speech, and mind of a buddha. By doing so, we are able bring about our enlightened self-transformation much more rapidly than if we were following only the causal approach of sutra.
– Jon Landaw, Discovering Buddhism at Home transcript
In this course, you will learn about:
- what an empowerment is and how to decide whether to take one
- achieving the state of a buddha-deity by taking the result as the path
- what a sadhana is, i.e., the “means of achievement”
- what is a mantra retreat
- what kinds of commitments and pre-requisites are involved with Secret-Mantra practice
- how Secret-Mantra practice can change your worldview
Who can attend?
Suitable candidates for this course are people who have some background in our tradition of Buddhism either by having attended:
- previous Discovering Buddhism courses, or
- other general teachings on the lam-rim (stages of the path)
We will be using the book Introduction to Tantra, by Jonathan Landaw and will make the book available for purchase.
The books are in. They are $14 even – special price for DB students; includes tax. Pick up your book at 1st class. (You may also pay in person on first night – cash, check, credit card.)
- Saka Dawa Mani Retreat, May 25-29, 2018, at LMB, https://landofmedicinebuddha.org/events/saka-dawa-omph-retreat/
- Namgyalma Retreat, Oct 28-Nov 4, 2018, at LMB, https://landofmedicinebuddha.org/events/namgyalma-retreat-4/
- Vajrasattva Retreat, Dec 28, 2018 to Jan 1, 2019, at Vajrapani Inst., https://vajrapani.org/retreat/new-years-purification-retreat-2018/
Discovering Buddhism Materials Page
We are now using Google Sites for homework, because that enables us to add audio (although we’re not promising to upload audio on any particular timescale).
This module is best suited to those who have been attending previous module of Discovering Buddhism.
Online registration below gives various options for donating to support this program. The Dharma center depends on your contributions to make classes like this possible. However, we don’t want anyone to feel that there is an obstacle if they are unable to donate. All are welcome.
Benefits of Membership
Scholar-level membership covers donations for regular classes. Look into becoming a Scholar.
|Date(s):||May 8 to June 5|
|Times:||7:00 pm - 8:45 pm|
|Type of event:||Discovering Buddhism|
|Number of sessions:||5|
|Participation:||Best to attend consistently|
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