By Daniel Cozort
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This outstanding ebook truly outlines and discusses the tools for remodeling either physique and brain in the course of the maximum sorts of tantric perform. optimum Yoga Tantra is the top of tantric structures present in the Tibetan Buddhist tradition.
Part One discusses the practices universal to sutra and tantra.
Part offers the iteration degree of optimum Yoga Tantra.
Part 3 covers everything of the finishing touch degree yogas (i.e., actual isolation, verbal isolation, psychological isolation, illusory physique, transparent gentle, and union).
Part 4 compares the Kalachakra and Guhyasamaja phases of completion.
Remarkable for its definitive readability, this exposition of the phases of maximum Yoga Tantra is the 1st of its variety within the English language and a needs to for somebody attracted to those optimum tantras.
"This ebook is a really lucid assessment of the new release and final touch levels of optimum Yoga Tantra."--The heart Way
"This publication merits to be a most well liked e-book on Tantra. It captures either the essence and aspect that deliver those esoteric issues to life."--Jeffrey Hopkins, collage of Virginia
"...the top creation to the topic, good written and authoritative."--John Powers, Australian nationwide University
"Although the Kalachakra Tantra includes special features no longer discovered somewhere else in Indo-Tibetan Buddhism, it really is necessary to keep in mind that it additionally exemplifies the class of practices often called Anuttara Yoga tantra (highest yoga tantra). Cozort's now-classic textual content is peerless as an creation to the theoretical and sensible underpinnings of maximum yoga tantra, and to the connection of this point of perform to sutra traditions and the Buddhist direction as a complete. a unique part evaluating the final touch level within the Kalachakra to that of Guhyasamaja might be particularly informative and worthwhile for the aspiring pupil and practitioner."--Mandala: A Tibetan Buddhist magazine
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On the subtle stage of gen eration, an entire mandala full of deities and other features is visualized inside a tiny drop. The visualization of the coarse mandala is called a yoga of single-mindedness to indicate that one is to focus intensive ly on the mandala, building up a mental image of the various deities, architectural and ornamental features, and larger environment. Dzong-ka-ba says:8 6 The phrase "single-mindedness" refers neither to one occasion of being mindful of the deity, nor to mindfulness of just one deity.
On the contrary, Jeffrey Hopkins argues the tantric yogi must engage in the same sort of reasonings as other Buddh ist practitioners:41 ... non-dualistic wisdom is the life of both the sutra and tantra paths, and in both paths initial reliance on reasoning to uncover the nature of phenomena, hidden to our direct experience, is necessary. Tantric yogis succeed in their cultivation of wisdom more quickly than do practitioners of the Perfection Vehicle be cause the tantric yogi, employing deity yoga, can achieve a mind that is a union of calm abiding* and special insight* -a mind of alert one-pointedness that realizes emptiness -in far less time than the period of countless great aeons required for those who practice sutra paths alone.
In the stage of completion one no longer merely pretends that the winds are being drawn into the central channel; this process actually occurs. However, there are exceptional cases in which someone practicing the subtle stage of gen eration, without having begun the specific practices of the stage of completion, experiences the entrance and dissolu tion of winds in the central channel. Even though these experiences occur to someone of the stage of generation, they are counted as instances of the stage of completion.