Tantra: embodying enlightenment
Stimulate the vital points of the subtle Vajra Body
And direct the energies flowing in the side channels
into the mystic channel at the centre,
Thus revealing the mind’s Clear Light…
Indivisible from bliss and wisdom.– Second Dalai Lama (1475-1542)
What is tantric awakening?
- evolving from a dualistic perception of reality to an awakened perception of reality
- transcending the ego
- welcoming the Force of Silence to deepen and illuminate our consciousness
- awaken or increase kundalini (primary force, libido, psychic force, vital force, cosmic energy)
- use the force of kundalini to unmask and uproot dualistic mechanisms
- realize one’s divine nature
- to achieve cosmic union
- create one’s life from his divine nature and cosmic union
- to manifest one’s divinity in soul, personality and physical body
All these beautiful aspirations remain abstract theories if they are not supported by body-mind, psycho-energetic and spiritual experiences. This accompaniment offers a gentle and profound in-the-body initiation to open your consciousness in complete safety towards an expansion that leads directly to the tantric awakening.
Tantra arose in medieval India as a cultural movement that sought to reconcile spirituality with sensory experience and the creative imagination. With the Sanskrit root “ten”, meaning ‘to expand’, and “tra”, meaning ‘methodology’, Buddhist texts called ‘Tantras’ expanded the scope of existing Buddhist doctrines and extended their applicability beyond monastic institutions. The core texts of Tantric Buddhism appeared in India between the eighth and eleventh centuries. The anonymously authored works modulate Buddhism’s earlier emphasis on life s inevitable dissatisfactions and start to promote actively cultivating joy and compassion. Unbound from Buddhism’s originally ascetic character, the ‘indestructible vehicle’ of Vajrayana (Tantric) Buddhism offered a means for positive change in individual and collective lives. To that end, Tantric deities were conceived not as objects of worship but as representations of the human potential to transcend egocentric concerns and embody universal qualities (archetypes) of wisdom and compassion. The Tantric journey encompasses rapture*, terror and self-transcendence. The methods used in Tantric Buddhism are conceived for freeing the mind from its limitations and embracing all experience with insight and compassion.
*rapture = Piti in Pali (Sanskrit: Priti) is a mental factor (Pali:cetasika, Sanskrit: chaitasika) associated with the concentrative absorption (Sanskrit: dhyana; Pali: jhana) of Buddhist meditation. Piti is a very specific joy associated with a state of deep tranquillity. It is often translated with the English words “joy” or “rapture” and is distinguished from the longer-lasting meditative “pleasure” or “happiness” (Pali, Sanskrit: sukha) that arises along with piti.
I have seen in my wandering great temples and shrines, but none are as blissful as my own body
– Mahasiddha Saraha (8th century CE)