Publication Year: 2012
Publisher: Wisdom Publications
Place of Publication: Boston
Source ID: shanti-sources-22039
Zotero Collections: Practices Specific to Tibetan Buddhism, Contemplation by Tradition, Guhyasamaja, Empowerment (abhisheka, dbang), Practices of Buddhist Contemplation, Generation phase (utpattikrama, kyerim), Perfection phase (nispannakrama, dzokrim), Deity yoga (devata-yoga, lhé nenjor), Buddhist Contemplation
Abstract: There are a great many books now available describing the complex rituals and esoteric significance of the ancient practices of Buddhist tantra. But none take the friendly, helpful approach of Geshe Tashi Tsering’s Foundation of Buddhist Thought series. Understanding the many questions Westerners have upon first encountering tantra’s colorful imagery and veiled language, Geshe Tsering gives straight talk about deities, initiations, mandalas, and the various stages of tantric development. He even goes through a simple tantric compassion practice written by the Dalai Lama, using it to unpack the building blocks common to all such visualization techniques. Tantra is a fitting conclusion to the folksy and practical wisdom in the Foundation of Buddhist Thought series.