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Secret of the Vajra world : the Tantric Buddhism of Tibet

Author: Reginald A Ray
Publisher: Boston : Shambhala, 2001.
Edition/Format:   eBook : Document : English : 1st edView all editions and formats
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This book provides an entrEe into the Tantric (or Vajrayana) Buddhism of Tibet, as conveyed by Tibetan masters teaching in the West, and as received by their Western students. The Tantric tradition is a unique collection of lesser-known texts, concepts, and meditation practices that are usually made available only to experienced and specially initiated practitioners. The "Vajra World" (vajradhatu in Sanskrit) is a  Read more...
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Ray, Reginald A.
Secret of the Vajra world.
Boston : Shambhala, 2001
(DLC) 00047025
(OCoLC)45024468
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Reginald A Ray
ISBN: 0834825236 9780834825239
OCLC Number: 988772533
Notes: "Distributed in the United States by Random House"--Title page verso
Reproduction Notes: Electronic reproduction. [Place of publication not identified] : HathiTrust Digital Library, 2017. MiAaHDL
Description: 1 online resource (xvi, 524 pages) : illustrations
Details: Master and use copy. Digital master created according to Benchmark for Faithful Digital Reproductions of Monographs and Serials, Version 1. Digital Library Federation, December 2002.
Contents: Foreword / Tulku Thondup --
Foundations of Vajrayana --
The Indian Prelude --
How the Vajrayana Came to Tibet: The Early Spreading of the Dharma --
How the Vajrayana Came to Tibet: The Later Spreading and Beyond --
The Vajrayana in the Context of the Three-Yana Journey --
The View of Vajrayana --
Entering the Vajra World --
Some Initial Vajrayana Perspectives --
The World Beyond Thought --
The Vajra Master --
Entering the Vajrayana Path --
Tantric Practice: Meditation on the Yidam --
Subtleties of Practice: The Inner Yogas --
Meeting the Essence of Mind --
Mahamudra: The Great Symbol --
Dzokchen: The Great Perfection --
Tantric Applications --
Lessons in Mortality: Death and Dying in Tantric Practice --
Bodhisattvas in the World: Tulkus, Reincarnate Lamas --
Themes of a Tulku's Life --
The Practice of Retreat --
The Passing of a Realized Master.
Responsibility: Reginald A. Ray ; foreword by Tulk Thondup.
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This book provides an entrEe into the Tantric (or Vajrayana) Buddhism of Tibet, as conveyed by Tibetan masters teaching in the West, and as received by their Western students. The Tantric tradition is a unique collection of lesser-known texts, concepts, and meditation practices that are usually made available only to experienced and specially initiated practitioners. The "Vajra World" (vajradhatu in Sanskrit) is a realm of indestructibility, the level of reality beyond all thought and imagination, all impermanence and change, which a fully realized person knows and inhabits. Used metaphorically, "Vajra World" refers to the traditional culture of Tibet and the unique spirituality that is its secret strength. Topics include: The tantric view of human nature and the external world The special role of the guru, or tantric mentor The preliminary practices that prepare the student for full initiation The major dimensions of Vajrayana practice, including visualizations, liturgies, and inner yogas The tradition of the tulku, or incarnate lama The lore surrounding the death of ordinary people and of saints The practice of solitary retreat, the epitome of traditional Tibetan Buddhism Secret of the Vajra World is the companion volume to the author's earlier book, Indestructible Truth: The Living Spirituality of Tibetan Buddhism. While that book focuses on the history, cosmology, philosophy, and practice of the more public, exoteric side of Tibetan Buddhism, this work treats its more hidden and esoteric aspects as they take shape in Vajrayana. Together, the two volumes provide a broad introduction to the major traditions of Tibetan Buddhism

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