A good book on Buddhist Tantas. The Dalai Lamas on Tantra
“Where does Niguma live?” Khyungpo Naljor asked.
They answered, “If one’s perception is pure, one can see her anywhere, whereas if one’s perception is not pure, she simply cannot be found; for she dwells on the pure stages and has achieved the holy rainbow body. However, when the dakinis gather to make tantric feasts in the great cemetery of the Sosaling Forest, she sometimes physically appears.”
Merely on hearing Niguma’s name tears came to Khyungpo Naljor’s eyes and every hair on his body trembled with excitement. He left immediately for the Sosaling Cemetery, reciting the Namo Buddhaya mantra of Mahakala as he went.
One of my favorite authors & western Buddhist,
Glenn Mullin was recently teaching at Krotona in Ojai
“In the tradition of the Highest Yoga Tantras
to which the Chakrasamvara Tantra belongs,
such paintings serve as visualization tools
for the transformative meditative practices,
in which the Tantric practitioner realizes
his or her own identity as the fully enlightened Buddha.
The painting succinctly encapsulates the Tantric Buddhist process
of the female (yogini) system practice class of the Chakrasamvara Tantra.
Because of tasting what is,
It is also the great bliss.
The understanding of secret mantra is just this.
Means and knowledge is just this.
This self-knowing, while one is still defiled,
Does not depend on other things,
So self-existing wakefulness is just this.
Being aware, it is cognizance.
A natural knowing that is free of thought.
This self-knowing cannot possibly form thoughts.
Without conceptualizing ‘a mind,’
Since it is not something to be conceived,
This original wakefulness, cognizant yet thought-free,
Is like the wisdom of the Tathagata.
Therefore, it is taught, “Realize that luminous mind
Is the mind of original wakefulness,
And don’t seek an enlightenment separate from that.”
Based on Lama Tsong Khapa’s text “Having the Three Convictions”, this book is a commentary on the renowned Six Yogas of Naropa. Lama Yeshe concentrates mainly on the practice of inner fire, or tumo, the first of the six yogas and a foundation stone of the Buddhist path to enlightenment. Mastery of inner fire quickly brings the mind to its most refined and penetrating state – the experience of clear light, an extraordinary powerful state of mind that is unequaled in its ability to directly realize ultimate reality. Lama Yeshe’s aim was for his students to actually taste the experience of inner fire rather than gain an intellectual understanding.
Wish list – Buddhist Tantras & The Six Yogas of Naropa
Miranda Shaw comprehensively demonstrates the importance of the feminine divine in Buddhism. She draws together art, scripture, myth, and ritual to bring these goddesses and female Buddhas alive, producing a definitive resource for scholars of Buddhism and of women’s spirituality.