Tantra in practice

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A talk given during Sravasti Abbey’s annual Exploring Monastic Life program in 2006.

The focus of practice

  • Compatibility of tantra and monasticism
  • Correcting misconceptions of practicing Vajrayana

Exploring Monastic Life 2006: Session 12, 1-3 (download)

Features of the Vajrayana

  • Cosmology in the Vajrayana
  • Unique features of the Vajrayana:
    • Use of analogies in rituals
    • Using negative states of mind
    • Using unconventional behavior as skillful means to break concepts
    • Generating the wisdom realizing emptiness is what ultimately breaks the wrong concepts
  • Buddhist tantra compared to Hindu tantra
  • Uniqueness of the Buddhist path

Exploring Monastic Life 2006: Session 12, 2-3 (download)

Questions and answers

  • Timeline of Buddhist and Hindu tantra
  • Gen Lamrimpa and calm abiding practice
  • The tulku system

Exploring Monastic Life 2006: Session 12, 3-3 (download)

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