By Tony McMahon (Vessantara)
A advisor to the Deities of the Tantra is an interesting perception right into a topic that has captivated the mind's eye of many yet continues to be mysterious and unique to all yet a few.
Tantric deities? who're they and what do they do?
This quantity specializes in the deities whose mantra recitation and colourful visualizations lie on the center of the Tantra. We meet goddesses of knowledge, the prince of purity, the lotus-born guru Padmasambhava, and dakinis— wild-haired girls who dance within the flames of freedom. All, the peaceable and the wrathful alike, urge the reader to wreck via to knowledge, declaring the genuine nature of truth with uncompromising vigor.
Devoid of popular culture misperceptions, this advisor is a window into the occasionally mysterious global of Buddhist Tantra. Vessantara explores the major features of the Tantra during this magical fusion of the sensible and the imaginative—giving us an immediate perception in into the poetry and the facility of the Tantra.
A much-published and well-respected Buddhist writer, meditator, and instructor, Vessantara is a senior member of the Western Buddhist Order. He holds a selected love for Tibetan Buddhism and is famous as an efficient storyteller. this is often considered one of 3 volumes Buddha figures within the Indo-Tibetan Buddhist tradition.
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You forget about whatever you did that needed cleansing, and you begin anew. In practising the third Foundation Yoga, and reciting the Vajrasattva mantra 100,000 times, one of my strongest experiences was of the freshness and newness of the world into which the meditation led me. I could see why, when he is not seen as a sixth Buddha, or adi-Buddha, Vajrasattva is regarded as a kind of reflex form of Aksobhya, the Buddha of the East. N o t only do they share the vajra as their emblem. Aksobhya is associated with dawn - the dawn of a new day, a fresh morning, a unique arising of the light of the world.
Having received Tantric initiation from a teacher, the initiate is urged to make every effort to see the teacher as a fully Enlightened Buddha. He or she must disregard any apparent faults they may perceive in him or, rather, should attribute them to the impurity of their own mind. 25 The Tantra holds firmly to the view that mind is king. If you see the guru as an ordinary person, you will receive the blessing of an ordinary person. If you see him as a Buddha, for you he will act as a Buddha, and your relationship with him will lead you quickly to Enlightenment.
This literature of uncompromising paradox and intellectual subtlety transformed itself. From being an intellectual thunderbolt, destroying conceptualizations, it was reborn as a wisdom goddess and a mantra. Examining this extraordinary 'sea change' can give us insights into the Tantric approach to self-transformation. Tantra, we have seen, is always concerned with direct experience. Rather than denying words and concepts in the hope that you will reach beyond them, it employs a different approach.
A Guide to the Deities of the Tantra (Meeting the Buddhas) by Tony McMahon (Vessantara)