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  Secret of the Vajra World: The Tantric Buddhism of Tibet
By: Ray, Reginald

Secret of the Vajra World

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Author: Ray, Reginald A.
Format: Paperback
ISBN: 157062917x / 9781570629174
Publication Date: July 2002

Product Code: 11207

Description About the author Contents
The Tantric Buddhism of Tibet
Enter into the colorful world of tantric Buddhism, with its unique visualizations, liturgies, initiations, and "inner yoga" as practiced in Tibet and conveyed by Tibetan masters teaching in the West. Using nontechnical language, engaging stories, and personal anecdotes, Reginald Ray demonstrates how the practice of tantra opens up an appreciation for ordinary life - the world of sensory experience, of pleasure and pain - as the place where ultimate revelation occurs. The book covers such topics as
- the tantric view of human nature and the external world
- the major dimensions of Vajrayana practice
- the preliminary practices that prepare the student for full initiation
- the special role of the guru, or tantric mentor
- the tradition of the tulku, or incarnate lama
- the practice of solitary retreat, the epitome of traditional Tibetan Buddhism
- the lore surrounding the death of ordinary people and of saints
Secret of the Vajra World is the companion volume to the author's earlier book, Indestructible Truth: The Living Spirituality of Tibetan Buddhism. While that book focuses on the history, cosmology, philosophy, and practice of the more public, exoteric side of Tibetan Buddhism, this work treats its lesser-known, esoteric and tantric aspects as they take shape in Vajrayana. Together, the two volumes provide a broad introduction to the major traditions of Tibetan Buddhism.

Secret of the Vajra World, Reginald A. Ray, Shambhala Publications, 524 pages, Paperback, $39.95

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