Tibetan Tantric Practice, also known as "the practice of secret mantra", and "tantric techniques", refers to the main tantric practices in Indo-Tibetan Buddhism.
These practices are seen by Tibetan Buddhists as the fastest and most powerful path to Buddhahood. In Indo-Tibetan Buddhism, the higher tantric yogas are generally preceded by preliminary practices Tib. Tantric initiation is required to enter into the practice of tantra. Unsurpassable Yoga TantraSkt. Anuttarayoga tantric practice is divided into two stages, the generation stage and the completion stage. In the generation stage, one meditates on emptiness and visualizes one's chosen deity yidamits mandala and companion deities, resulting in identification with this divine reality called "divine pride".
In the completion stage, the focus is shifted from the form of the deity to direct realization of ultimate reality which is defined and explained in various ways. Completion stage practices also include techniques that work with the subtle body substances Skt. They are often grouped into different systems, such as the six dharmas of Naropaand the six yogas of Kalachakra. There are also practices and methods which are sometimes seen as being outside of the two tantric stages, mainly Mahamudra and Dzogchen Atiyoga.
For example, the Nyingma scholar Ju Mipham writes that secret mantra has a "distinctive abundance of skillful methods" which allows one to awaken in a swift manner and without hardships. In Tibetan Buddhist tantra, the Madhyamaka theory of emptiness is central, and it is generally held that one must have some understanding of emptiness before practicing tantra. Even though this Buddha potential is innately present, it is covered over by defilements.
In Tibetan Buddhism, there is said to be no strict separation between samsara and nirvanarather they exist in a continuum. Indeed, "continuum" is the main meaning of the term "tantra" Tib. The Nyingma master Longchenpa meanwhile refers to this ground as "basic space, the utterly lucid nature of phenomena, completely pure by its very nature" and as "timeless awareness as the basic space of phenomena.
In Tibetan Buddhism, there are actually said to be three "continuums" "tantras" :  . It is 'continuous' since, from time without beginning up to the attainment of enlightenment, it has always been present without any interruption. Great pristine awareness is present in the body. Totally devoid of all conceptuality; It is that which pervades all things. Although abiding in the body, it did not arise from it. There is disagreement among the different Tibetan scholars on the nature of the ground continuum.
Some explain it as a mere emptiness of inherent existence i. Others explain it as a negation that implies the presence of positive qualities, a view called shentong. In the Gelug school for example, it is said there is no difference in the view of tantra and the Madhyamaka view of emptiness of inherent existence which is considered the highest.
The only difference is in method. However, some thinkers of the Nyingma school such as Rongzom and Ju Mipham do argue that there is a higher view in tantra. A key fundamental theory of Tantric practice is the theory of transformation which states that negative mental factors such as desire, hatred, greed, pride may be used and transformed as part of the path to liberation.
Another distinguishing feature of tantric yoga in Tibetan Buddhism is that tantra uses the resultant state of Buddhahood as the path or in some schools such as Gelug, a similitude of BuddhahoodThus it is known as the effect vehicle or result vehicle phalayana which "brings the effect to the path". In Tibetan Buddhism, it is generally held that tantric yoga methods are a faster path to the achievement of calm and insight, and can lead to Buddhahood in one lifetime.
According to the 14th Dalai Lamathe methods of tantra are superior because only tantra makes use of what is called "the Vajrasattva meditative stabilization", which refers to a non-dual consciousness that unites the appearance of the body of a Buddha deity with the realization of emptiness. Tibetan Buddhist tantric practice generally focuses on Unsurpassed Yoga Tantrawhich is said to be superior to other "lower" tantric practices. According to the 14th Dalai Lama, this is because only Unsurpassed Yoga Tantra teaches "the extremely subtle fundamental innate mind of clear light.
Tantric yoga is usually divided into two stages, the generation stage utpattikrama and the completion stage nispannakrama.Yoga tantra Skt. The vehicle of yoga tantra is so-called because it emphasizes the inner yogic meditation upon reality, combining skilful means and wisdom. Having been matured through the eleven empowerments —the five empowerments of the disciples water, crown, vajrabell and name as well as the six empowerments of the master the empowerment of irreversibility, empowerment of seeing secret reality, authorization, prophecy, confirmation and praising encouragement —one keeps the samayas as described in the particular texts.
The view is to regard all phenomena as the deity of the vajradhatu, through the blessing of the emptiness and clear light in which all phenomena are realized to be beyond conceptual elaboration on an ultimate level. One meditates on the yoga of skilful means, visualizing oneself as the deity by means of the five aspects of awakening and the four miraculous things,  and summons the wisdom being Skt. There is also the yoga of wisdom, in which one rests in a state in which ultimate non-conceptual wisdom is inseparable from the relative appearance of the deity of the vajradhatu.
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In particular, sexual fluids have been viewed as "power substances" and used ritualistically, either externally or internally. In Hindu Tantra, Maithuna is the most important of the five makara five tantric substances and constitutes the main part of the Grand Ritual of Tantra variously known as PanchamakaraPanchatattvaand Tattva Chakra. In Tibetan Buddhismkarmamudra is often an important part of the completion stage of tantric practice.
According to Samuel, late Vedic texts like the Jaiminiya Brahmanathe Chandogya Upanisadand the Brhadaranyaka Upanisad"treat sexual intercourse as symbolically equivalent to the Vedic sacrificeand ejaculation of semen as the offering. Her vulva is the sacrificial ground; her pubic hair is the sacred grass; her labia majora are the Soma-press; and her labia minora are the fire blazing at the centre.
A man who engages in sexual intercourse with this knowledge obtains as great a world as a man who performs a Soma sacrifice, and he appropriates to himself the merits of the women with whom he has sex. The women, on the other hand, appropriate to themselves the merits of a man who engages in sexual intercourse with them without this knowledge. Brhadaranyaka Upanisad 6. Olivelle 88 . The passage states:. Snellgrove states:. It is by no means improbable that already by the fifth century when Asanga was writing, these techniques of sexual yoga were being used in reputable Buddhist circles, and that Asanga himself accepted such a practice as valid.
The natural power of the breath, inhaling and exhaling, was certainly accepted as an essential force to be controlled in Buddhist as well as Hindu yoga. Why therefore not the natural power of the sexual force? According to Geoffrey Samuel, while it is possible that some kind of sexual yoga existed in the fourth or fifth centuries. Substantial evidence for such practices, however, dates from considerably later, from the seventh and eighth centuries, and derives from Saiva and Buddhist Tantric circles.
Here we see sexual yoga as part of a specific complex of practices. On the Buddhist side, it is associated with so-called Mahayoga Tantras. These developments appear to be happening at more or less the same time in all three areas. Jayanta Bhattathe 9th-century scholar of the Nyaya school of Hindu philosophy and who commented on Tantra literature, stated that the Tantric ideas and spiritual practices are mostly well placed, but it also has "immoral teachings" such as by the so-called "Nilambara" sect where its practitioners "wear simply one blue garment, and then as a group engage in unconstrained public sex" on festivals.
He wrote, this practice is unnecessary and it threatens fundamental values of society. Douglas Renfrew Brooks states that the antinomian elements such as the use of intoxicating substances and sex were not animisticbut were adopted in some Kaula traditions to challenge the Tantric devotee to break down the "distinctions between the ultimate reality of Brahman and the mundane physical and mundane world". By combining erotic and ascetic techniques, states Brooks, the Tantric broke down all social and internal assumptions, became Shiva-like.
Tantric sexual practices are often seen as exceptional and elite, and not accepted by all sects. They are found only in some tantric literature belonging to Buddhist and Hindu Tantra, but are entirely absent from Jain Tantra. Pleasure and sex is another aspect of life and a "root of the universe", whose purpose extends beyond procreation and is another means to spiritual journey and fulfillment. This idea flowers with the inclusion of kama art in Hindu temple arts, and its various temple architecture and design manuals such as the Shilpa-prakasha by the Hindu scholar Ramachandra Kulacara.
Tantric sex is strongly associated to the practice of semen retention. While there is already a mention of ascetics practising it in the 4th century CE Mahabharata those techniques were rare until late Buddhist Tantra. Otherwise, intercourse is usually directed to generate sexual fluids that constituted the "preferred offering of the Tantric deities. It was around the first millennium that Tantra registered practices of semen retention, like the penance ceremony of asidharavrata and the posterior yogic technique of vajroli mudraprobably adopted from ancient, non-Tantric celibate schools.
Buddhist Tantric works further directed the focus away from sexual emission towards retention and intentionally prolongued bliss, thus "interiorizing" the tantric offering of fluids directed to the deities. Kama is the root of the world's existence.Tantric techniques :. The term tantrain the Indian traditions, also means any systematic broadly applicable "text, theory, system, method, instrument, technique or practice".
Starting in the early centuries of common era, newly revealed Tantras centering on VishnuShiva or Shakti emerged. In Buddhism, the Vajrayana traditions are known for tantric ideas and practices, which are based on Indian Buddhist Tantras. Certain modes of non- Vedic worship such as Puja are considered tantric in their conception and rituals. Hindu temple building also generally conforms to the iconography of tantra.
The connotation of the word tantra to mean an esoteric practice or religious ritualism is a colonial era European invention. The word appears in the hymns of the Rigveda such as in The term "Tantra" after about BC, in Buddhism, Hinduism and Jainism is a bibliographic category, just like the word Sutra which means "sewing together", mirroring the metaphor of "weaving together" in Tantra. The same Buddhist texts are sometimes referred to as tantra or sutra; for example, Vairocabhisambodhi-tantra is also referred to as Vairocabhisambodhi-sutra.
He uses the same example of svatantra as a composite word of "sva" self and tantra, then stating "svatantra" means "one who is self-dependent, one who is his own master, the principal thing for whom is himself", thereby interpreting the definition of tantra.
The ancient Mimamsa school of Hinduism uses the term tantra extensively, and its scholars offer various definitions. For example:. When an action or a thing, once complete, becomes beneficial in several matters to one person, or to many people, that is known as Tantra. For example, a lamp placed amidst many priests. Medieval texts present their own definitions of Tantra. Because it elaborates tan copious and profound matters, especially relating to the principles of reality tattva and sacred mantras, and because it provides liberation trait is called a tantra.
The occultist and businessman Pierre Bernard — is widely credited with introducing the philosophy and practices of tantra to the American people, at the same time creating a misleading impression of its connection to sex.
In modern scholarship, Tantra has been studied as an esoteric practice and ritualistic religion, sometimes referred to as Tantrism. There is a wide gap between what Tantra means to its followers, and the way Tantra has been represented or perceived since colonial era writers began commenting on it.
One definition, due to Padoux, is found among Tantra practitioners — it is any "system of observances" about the vision of man and the cosmos where correspondences between the inner world of the person and the macrocosmic reality play an essential role. Another definition, more common among observers and non-practitioners, is some "set of mechanistic rituals, omitting entirely the ideological side".Tantric yoga is a religious belief.
This ancient practice is actually a powerful combination of asana, mantra, mudra, and bandha energy lock and chakra energy center work that you can use to build strength, clarity, and bliss in everyday life. By harnessing and embodying the five forces of Shakti, the female deity that represents creativity and change, Tantric Yoga suggests we can move through the world with more confidence and contentment. The simple principle of tantra yoga is: whatever can take you down can also take you up.
The ways in which a man usually sinks in his life are through food, alcoholic drink and sexuality. Tantra yoga uses the same three vehicles to rise up. Tantric practices, including Tantra yoga, work on the subtle energies within the body to enhance spiritual growth and physical wellbeing.
Through the exploration of these energies and their connection to the universe, the purpose of life and the connection to others can be understood in a new dimension. From Simple English Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Redirected from Tantric Yoga. This article needs more links to other articles.
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