Although Tantra is very popular, not many people understand its real meaning. Some people deny Buddha's Tantric teachings while others misuse them for worldly attainments. Actual Tantra, also known as 'Secret Mantra' or 'Vajrayana', is a special method taught by Buddha to purify our world, our self, our enjoyments and our activities. If we put this method into practice following the instructions of a qualified Tantric Spiritual Guide we will very quickly attain enlightenment. In this authoritative book Venerable Geshe Kelsang Gyatso Rinpoche provides a detailed and comprehensive explanation of the essential practices of the four classes of Tantra as taught by Buddha. Drawing on his own experience from many years in Tantric retreat he shows how people in the modern world can enter, make progress on, and finally complete the Vajrayana path to enlightenment.
Venerable Geshe Kelsang Gyatso Rinpoche is a fully accomplished meditation master and internationally renowned teacher of Buddhism who has pioneered the introduction of modern Buddhism into contemporary society. He is the author of 22 highly acclaimed books that perfectly transmit the ancient wisdom of Buddhism to our modern world, and which form the basis of several popular study and meditation programmes. He has also founded over 1200 Kadampa Buddhist centres and groups throughout the world. Find out more at www.tharpa.com
Illustrations pvi; Acknowledgements pvii; Introduction p1; The Lower Tantras p27; Highest Yoga Tantra p55; Generation Stage p87; Isolated Body p121; Isolated Speech and Isolated Mind p169; Illusory Body, Clear Light and Union p201; The Final Results p225; Dedication p241; Appendix I - The Condensed Meaning of the Text p243; Appendix II - The Preliminary Practices p261; Liberating Prayer p263; A Handbook for the Daily Practice of Bodhisattva Vows and Tantric Vows p265; Great Liberation of the Mother p281; Great Liberation of the Father p293; An Explanation of the Practice p305; Glossary p313; Bibliography p329; Study Programmes of Kadampa Buddhism p335; Tharpa Offices Worldwide p340; Index p342; Further Reading p358; Finding Your Nearest Kadampa Meditation Centre p360;