Following Je Tsongkhapa's ( 1357-1419 A.D.) text Having the Three Convictions, Lama Yeshe introduces the renowned Six Yogas of Naropa, focusing mainly on the first of these six, the practice of inner fire (tummo). Mastery of inner fire quickly brings the mind to its most refined and penetrating state-the experience of clear light, an extraordinarily powerful state of mind that is unequaled in its ability to directly realize ultimate reality.
Lama Yeshe felt that twentieth-century Westerners could easily grasp the often misunderstood ideas of this esoteric tradition: "We really need tantra these days because there is a tremendous explosion of delusion and distraction...and we need the atomic energy of inner fire to blast us out of our delusion."
Lama Yeshe's aim was for his students to actually taste the experience of inner fire rather than merely gain an intellectual understanding. Lama's own realization of the transformative power of these practices comes through, inspiring his students to discover for themselves their own capacity for inexhaustible bliss.
LAMA YESHE (1935-I994), RENOWNED TIBET BUDDHIST MASTER ESTABLISHED THE FOUNDATION FOR THE PRESERVATION OF THE MAHAYANA TRADITION ( AN INTERNATIONAL ORGANIZATION OF MORE THAN 100 BUDDHIST CENTERS AND OTHER ACTIVITIES.
In the classic bestseller, Introduction to Tantra Lama Yeshe offered a profoundest wonderfully dear glimpse into the authentic and sophisticated practices of Tibetan Buddhist tantra. This present book, the last major teachings of this great lama, opens up the world of advanced practices for Highest Yoga Tantra initiates in much the same way his earlier work opened up the world of tantra in general.
The Bliss of Inner Fire, Lama Thupten Yeshe, Wisdom Publications, Paperback, 224 Pages, $17.95
Lama Thubten Yeshe (1935-1984) was born in Tibet and educated at the great Sera Monastic University. He fled the Chinese oppression in 1959 and in the late 1960s, with his chief disciples, Lama Thubten Zopa Rinpoche, began teaching Buddhism to Westerners at their Kopan Monastery, Kathmandu, Nepal. In 1975 they founded the international Buddhist organization, the Foundation for the Preservation of the Mahayana Tradition (FPMT), which now has about 80 branches worldwide.
Foreword by Lama Thubten Zopa Rinpoche
Introduction by Jonathan Landaw
Prayer to the Lineage Lamas of the Six Yogas of Naropa
Part One The Six Yogas of Naropa
1 Tantra and Inner Fire
2 The Six Yogas and the Mahasiddha Naropa
3 The Mahasiddha Je Tsongkhapa
4 The Point Is to Practice
Part Two Preliminary Practices
5 Preparing the Mind
6 Receiving Initiation
7 Purifying Negativities
8 The Inspiration of the Guru
Part Three Going Beyond Appearances
9 Transforming Death, Intermediate State, and Rebirth
10 Arising as a Divine Being
11 The Characteristics of Body and Mind
12 Unifying Relative and Absolute
Part Four Awakening the Vajra Body
13 Hatha Yoga
14 Channels and Chakras
15 Blissful Syllables
16 Vase Breathing Meditation
Part Five Discovering Totality
17 Inner Fire Meditation
18 Good Things and Bad Things Can Happen
19 Simultaneously Born Great Blissful Wisdom
20 Becoming Vajradhara
Part Six Living with Inner Fire
21 Your Pleasure Is Your Responsibility
22 Never Forget Inner Fire
Appendix 1: Sanskrit Pronunciation Guide
Appendix 2: Table of Foreign Word Transliterations
Appendix 3: Outline of Having the Three Convictions
Suggested Further Reading