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Introduction to tantra

Introduction to tantra

Teaching given at the Amitabha Buddhist Centre, Singapore.

What is Vajrayana

  • Motivation for practicing the Vajrayana
  • What “enlightenment in one lifetime” means
  • Understanding that Vajrayana is not separate from Theravada and Mahayana
  • The purpose of taking initiations
  • Spiritual arrogance as a common fault

Introduction to tantra 01 (download)

Entering the Vajrayana path

  • Approaching Vajrayana is a realistic and practical way
  • Embarking on the gradual path
  • Making wise decisions
  • The right time to enter the Vajrayana

Introduction to tantra 02 (download)

Questions and answers

  • Finding a spiritual mentor
  • Book with an overview of various Buddhist traditions
  • Understanding tonglen

Introduction to tantra 03 (download)

Venerable Thubten Chodron

Venerable Chodron emphasizes the practical application of Buddha’s teachings in our daily lives and is especially skilled at explaining them in ways easily understood and practiced by Westerners. She is well known for her warm, humorous, and lucid teachings. She was ordained as a Buddhist nun in 1977 by Kyabje Ling Rinpoche in Dharamsala, India, and in 1986 she received bhikshuni (full) ordination in Taiwan. Read her full bio.

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