By Jeffrey Hopkins
Tantric deity yoga is the contemplative perform of visualizing oneself as a buddha, replete with compassion and knowledge, performing altruistically to learn all sentient beings. This ebook deals an entire method of Tibetan Buddhist tantric meditation that information the method of remodeling oneself in the course of the step by step use of the mind's eye. Hopkins deals a modern Western viewpoint at the perform of deity yoga, in keeping with his examine and perform of those strategies.
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The step of healingly transforming these contents after recognizing them proceeds a step beyond Jung’s confrontational assimilation in that these forces, once confronted, not only lose much of their autonomous power but also are transformed. G. Jung (Princeton: Princeton University Press, 1971, second printing 1974), vol. 16, para. 471 (the last number refers not to the page number but to the paragraph number, which is used for coordination between editions). b See the description of a similar practice done in the Vajrasattva meditation and repetition of mantra in Khetsun Sangpo, Tantric Practice in Nyingma, 149-150.
42 Tantric Techniques great and small expositions of the Stages of the Path and in his commentaries on Nāgārjuna’s Treatise on the Middle and Chandrakīrti’s Supplement. ” [This criticism] is seen to arise from the same source of error. The change from the historically earlier model of merely refuting self without emphasizing the distinction between a self that validly and effectively exists to refuting a meaning of self that is explicitly limited to a reification of inherent existence with a validly established effective self left over is justified in moral terms.
The activity of offering to high beings fortifies the basic motivation toward enlightenment by associating the purpose of worthwhile material things and pleasures with Buddhahood. The activity of cleansing those trapped in suffering makes the very essence of physical appearance be compassionate activity for the welfare of the world. Psychologically, the meditator must confront and transform many untamed contents of mind which appear as the deprived and depraved beings who receive the bountiful blessings of the rain of ambrosia.