PRACTICE (SANGHA)

Supplication is the most common form of prayer, wherein a person asks God to provide something, either for the person who is doing the praying or on behalf of someone else,

SUPPLICATION

THE CROWN OF GODS AND DEMI GODS
ARE BOWED TO THEIR TWO LOTUS FEET,
I PROSTRATE TO THE BUDDHAS,
THE SAVIOURESS FROM ALL IGNORANCE AND POVERTY.

ChakraSamvara Center provides on going practices so emotional blockages can be healed and removed; as EMPTIEDNESS is to be attained.

Emanator of VAJRAYOGINI

“OM VAJRAYOGINI HUM HUM PHAT SVAHA”
I humbly request your presence in my body, heart, and soul. 
So that I may understand my true nature as primordial bliss
and emanate your presence of Perfect Wisdom and Great Compassion,
for the sake of ALL sentient beings. 
I offer you my body, speech and mind. 
OM AH HUNG 

I’m inspired by her unquenchable passion and her wisdom that purifies, burning through the 2 D’s Delusions and Deceptions; which created through 2A’s Attachments and Aversions, which keep the wheel of endless and vicious cycle of karma repeatedly turning round and round. Subduing desires, grasping, and ignorance; the forms that she’s crushing under her feet. 

Her body in blood red color represents the intensity and passion to embody her spiritual presence, the union of Perfect Wisdom and  and Great Compassion. 

Her naked form represents her wearing no ego cloth without arming herself with self grasping and prides. She is red hot with romantic passionate but free from desire. She is with Emptiedness, the Perfect Wisdom and Great Compassion. 

Her third eye, the sixth chakra is that of exposing her ability to perceive higher truth, the wisdom beyond duality; that allows her to being in the wisdom of the record of the past, the present and the future.

Her small ferocious fangs expose her that she embraces the wrath of expression and sentiment of thirst to quench away ignorance and mindlessness. 

Her crooked knife that she holds is known as the ‘hook of mercy’ that’s to cut through the delusion of self grasping and attachments that create an aversion to its own clarities and consciousness to give way to be one with Perfect Wisdom. 

Her beautiful necklace of severed skulls present the emotional attachments and aversions obscurations that she has cut off before they arise; when she speaks with wrath. It also represents that she is a bridge which will connect souls who stuck in bardo/limbo through traumatic or early deaths. 

Her skull-cup is full of the nectar of the perfect bliss that transforms and dissolves the conceptual minds of old imprints into non thought.

Her iron staff that sets aside her left shoulder represents the beautiful consort, who has the quality of sexual excitement; indicates that she has incorporated eroticism into her spiritual path, to be the carrot to lure samsaric grasping into the spiritual liberation. 

She presents and teaches the concept to alter and shifts the minds to integrate within herself both male and female principles. The impeccability to execute your own existence in form on the physical plane and transform this existence into the liberated spiritual plane. 

She compassionately gives you consciousness awakening and the perfect wisdom from the Spiritual plane so one can have desire to severance the self grasping of attachments and aversions. If ego is brought and presented to her; it’s to be trampled and crushed under her feet; so one can be freed from selfish and harmful external self existence, fulfilling the materialistic plane of unconsciousness. 

Having the present or the connections to Vajrayogini opens the doors to of the 5th dimension of infinite bliss, a Spiritual Awakening. Awakening one’s awareness to be able to break through the wheel of karma, to put an end to the cyclic patterns of reincarnations of cause and effects, actions and reactions, victims and aggressors. The never ending stories of dramas and obscurations. So one can be liberated in becoming one with Emptiedness I Exemplified State I Quality Of Void = Minds of Compassion of Consciousness  

TIBETAN BUDDHISM

YOGA

AKASHIC RECORDS

REIKI TUMMO

EMEI QIGONG

TIBETAN BUDDHISM

Tibetan Buddhism comprises the teachings of the three vehicles of Buddhism: the Foundational VehicleMahāyāna, and Vajrayāna. The Mahāyāna goal of spiritual development is to achieve the enlightenment of Buddhahood in order to most efficiently help all other sentient beings attain this state. The motivation in it is the bodhicitta mind of enlightenment  an altruistic intention to become enlightened for the sake of all sentient beings. Bodhisattvas are revered beings who have conceived the will and vow to dedicate their lives with bodhicitta for the sake of all beings. Tibetan Buddhism teaches methods for achieving Buddhahood more quickly by including the Vajrayāna path in Mahāyāna.

Buddhahood is defined as a state free of the obstructions to liberation as well as those to omniscience. When, in Buddhahood, one is freed from all mental obscurations,one is said to attain a state of continuous bliss mixed with a simultaneous cognition of emptiness, the true nature of reality. In this state, all limitations on one’s ability to help other living beings are removed.

It is said that there are countless beings who have attained Buddhahoods.  Buddhas spontaneously, naturally and continuously perform activities to benefit all sentient beings However it is believed that one’s karma could limit the ability of the Buddhas to help them. Thus, although Buddhas possess no limitation from their side on their ability to help others, sentient beings continue to experience suffering as a result of the limitations of their own former negative actions.

PRACTICES & PRAYERS THAT WE ENGAGE:

1.  OPEN HEART SUTRA RECITATION (AWAKENING & CONNECTING TO EMPTINESS)

2.  MALE & FEMALE BUDDHAS:  GREEN TARA SADHANA, WHITE TARA SADHANA (DISSOLUTION & SELF GENERATION)

3.  RECITATION OF THE KING OF NOBLE PRAYERS (SENDING LOVE AND LIGHTS TO THOSE WHO ARE SICK OR DYING)

4.  BARDO SONG (PRAYING & HELPING THOSE IN BARDO/LIMBO TO ENTER INTO THE CLEAR LIGHTS)

GREEN TARA SELF GENERATION:

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WHITE TARA PRACTICE:

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YOGA

In pre-tractor agricultural societies, draft animals could only work together if they were kept in unison by means of a yoke. The English word is derived from the Sanskrit yug from which we get the familiar yoga. But yoga originally just meant “yoke,” a hoop or collar worn by a draught (draft) animal that can be attached to a long shaft or tied to a set of reins so that both the animal and the plough (plow) or wagon can be controlled by just one person. In fact, yoga is a way of referring to a tantric tradition. In tantrism, the student and teacher are yoked or linked by the teachings, and by obligations and responsibilities. The individual is linked to past masters. The aspects of the teaching are linked: word with action, thought and sound, visualization and gesture, etc. Not least, the outer actions and words link to the practitioner’s psychology and other characteristics and inclinations. The connotation of the word “yoga” is “discipline” in the sense of training to learn a technique. In the ancient Indian worldview, there was little division between mental, physical and spiritual aspirations. If a person wanted to be a better fighter, they had to learn to be a better thinker and concentrator, too. And they also had to consider why they wanted to achieve their physical goals, and what usethat might be in the long run. So, in yoga, the various aspects of the person are yoked to accomplish a task or a goal.

Student and teacher are yoked in a special relationship of confidence and trust. Students of the same teacher, school or lineage may consider themselves to be yoked together, too. In the West, that comprehensive kind of training is fairly new. For example, deliberate visualization as a means of obtaining improved results in sports has only been used for about a generation. In India and later, in Tibet and in China too, the body-mind connection has been understood and practiced for thousands of years. There are various types of yoga, any and all of which may form part of a tantric system. The physical exercises of hatha yoga are the most widely known type of yoga. Working with muscle flexibility, breathing and concentration, nowadays it is practised primarily to improve the health of the physical body and to relieve stress. Kriya yoga uses visualization, gesture and ritual worship. Karma yoga works on, and through, the perfection of the tasks of daily life.

AKASHIC RECORDS

Akashashic Records is a Sanskrit word meaning “sky”, “space” or “aether” and is described as containing all knowledge of human experience and all experiences as well as the history of the cosmos encoded or written in the very aether or fabric of all existence. The records or The Book of Life in the Bible are metaphorically on a non-physical plane described as a library; other analogies commonly found in discourse on the subject include a “universal supercomputer” and the “Mind of God”. People who describe the records assert that they are constantly updated automatically and that they can be accessed through astral projection or under deep hypnosis.  Various views are held according to study because this is not a religion. It is derived from Hindu philosophy of Samkhya as well as ancient Tibetan scrolls and Buddhist writings. It is promulgated in the Samkhya philosophy that the Akashic records are automatically recorded in the elements of akasha one of the five types of elements visualized as existing in the elemental theory of Ancient India, called Mahabhuta which is not a religious book but colorfully historical stories across millions of years from a period of prehistory and pregenesis (a esoteric biblical dogma) period of a long dead advance civilizations due to war and other calamity.

EMEI QIGONG

Emei Qigong is a comprehensive system of Chan (Zen) Qigong that generates vital energy and leads to the attainment of ever higher levels of awareness. The study and practice of Emei Qigong promotes strong physical health, emotional balance and spiritual development.  Emei Qigong unlocks “meta-intelligence” and clears the way for the emergence of great human potential. This effective, multi-level system was distilled by Grandmaster Fu Wei Zhong from the vast troves of knowledge he commands as 13th lineage holder of Emei Qigong. It is simple to follow—but that is not to say that this is an easy path.  The practice emphasizes internal cultivation and cleansing the heart, which allow latent abilities to surface and the true nature of humanity and one’s self to be expressed. Emei Qigong is a way of life that develops compassion, wisdom and power.  Emei Qigong differs from most other Qigong systems in several important ways:

Emei teachings and techniques have been passed down from lineage holder to lineage holder for nearly 800 years; § Countless people over the centuries have benefited from the Emei teachings; § Emei Qigong focuses on the healing aspects of using energy rather than martial arts training; § Emei Qigong teaches how to correctly cultivate qi (chi), which protects the practitioner from absorbing negative energy from people or things and also conserves and protects the energy of other living things; § Emei Qigong uses a heart-centered philosophy and teaches techniques that clear negative issues from the past, creating a fresh basis for one’s future behavior, actions and consciousness. Instead of extracting qi from living things or from the solar system, Emei Qigong teaches how to easily and safely self-generate qi. Many medical practitioners, acupuncturists, physical therapists, massage therapists, counselors and healers are incorporating the protective and healing techniques of Emei Qigong into their work.  True Qigong should go beyond qi-generating forms and postures. True Qigong is a way of life.  Emei Qigong recognizes that our planet is facing tremendous challenges and that this reflects a divide between the forces of kindess and evil. We find ourselves attracted to negative thoughts and emotions, the effects of which enter our minds and bodies. These present obstacles and challenges for us that can be overcome by strengthening our internal state. When the internal organs are strong and the heart is pure, the harmful energy of external evils are unable to enter.

The methods of Emei Qigong allow us to unify with the Wuji qi, the infinite emptiness from which all things sprang. It is a process of empowerment. The very specific techniques and Chan postures and forms of Emei Qigong, passed down through an unbroken lineage for almost 800 years, help elevate the student to higher levels of consciousness. By moving internal energy and cultivating the heart-mind, the past can be cleared and the heart can be fully purified and opened. When the heart is open, enlightenment and peace become a reality.

REIKI TUMMO

Reiki TUMMO is not about how to become a healer. On the contrary, in Reiki TUMMO you learn and realize that the best healer is always the Divine Source. In Reiki TUMMO you learn that the blessing of the Divine Source is the mightiest power. If you can just let this blessing work on you and through you, you will gain unlimited benefits. By having this understanding in energy channeling, you will then be able to let the blessing of the Divine Source help you in everything you need, not only in your daily life but also for your spiritual growth. In Reiki TUMMO, you will not simply hear or read about this, but as you work with your heart, you will have a chance to allow Divine Source to work through you. The heart is the only part of you that can really be connected to the Divine Source, receive the blessing of Divine Source and let the blessing of Divine Source work on you.

1) Develop an instant ability of channeling Divine energy for healing, protection, cleansing and much more (healing our self, healing others and distant healing)
2) Instant opening of Crown, Heart and Ajna chakras and Sushumna (main energy channel) which takes many serious practitioners years of diligent meditation to achieve (cleansing negative energy faster)
3) Instant and safe Kundalini awakening, which is usually achieved after many years of meditation (cleansing karma and body layers faster)
4) Better connection with our heart and Divine Blessing of Love & Light (giving us true calm, peace and joy in daily life, reducing stress)
5) Open our heart better and easier as the key to our true spiritual growth (cleansing negativity and emotions faster).

CONTINUITY

Tantra in Sanskrit meant loom; also specifically, the warp thread that dresses the loom and gives support to the fabric formed by the moving shuttle or, in a rug, the individual knots. Without it, there can be no cloth. It can also refer to the cord used for stringing beads to make a necklace, a rosary, mala or garland. Tantric or more rarely, tantrik, is the adjectival form of tantra and it has come to mean continuous, or continuity in the sense of unbroken.

INHERENT CONTINUITY

The earliest known Buddhist usage of the expression “tantra” can be found in the Guhyasamāja Tantra:
“Tantra is called continuity, and this tantra is classified into three aspects: Ground, together with its nature, and inalienableness. Nature is the basic cause, ground is called the method, and inalienableness is the result. The meaning of tantra is contained in these three.” (rgyud ni rgyun chags zhes bya ste // rgyud de rnam pa gsum du ‘gyur // gzhi dang de yi rang bzhin dang // mi ‘phrogs pa yis rab phye ba // rang bzhin rnam pa rgyu yin te // gzhi ni thabs zhes bya ba’o // de bzhin mi ‘phrogs ‘bras bu ste // gsum gyis rgyud kyi don bsdus pa’o //)
~ www.kalachakra2004.org

TRANSMISSION

The word “tantra” refers to an “oral practice tradition,” where there is a direct link from teacher to student. It is important to understand that a tantric connection is more than a lineage association, or an affiliation to a tradition. To belong to a certain tantric lineage means that the skills themselves are learned, practiced, mastered, and handed on with a special kind of permission.

Esoteric Tantrism also has the connotation of an esoteric system in which exercises, practices and rituals are handed down directly from teacher to student by word of mouth, though often with the aid of teaching materials in the form of pamphlets and pictures. Such a manual can also be called a tantra. Any tantra is usually part of a system that was discovered, developed or established to explain, teach and initiate people into a radically different way of looking at, and acting in, the world. The esoteric, concealed, or secret part, is often misunderstood as a reference to the intentional concealment of ancient practices. And it is true that some of these tried and true techniques sometimes rely heavily on symbolic or “twilight” language.

Also, there is little doubt that some teachers wanted to keep certain things from their competitors, and that there were times and political situations during which it was not wise to meet privately in small groups for any reason. However, the word “esoteric” in relation to tantric information, systems, and practices, has more to so with the fact that they operate at a subconscious or subliminal level — below the threshold of everyday awareness. Without proper explanation and careful guidance, an impatient and unprepared person could really get into trouble with some of these methods. Attention was drawn to tantrism when some sexual aspects of it became known in the West. Unfortunately, and not surprisingly, this has led to a great deal of confusion on the subject. People incorrectly tend to assume that “tantric” means something like, “about dynamic sexual technique.”

SEX

The symbolism of sex is used in Hindu and Buddhist imagery to show inter-relatedness. Rarely does it “refer” to actual contact. In Buddhism, where images are used as visual aids, a male-female pair stands for Compassion and Wisdom, and the pairing of knowledge with “skillful means” or, method.

  • Yab-Yum at the Holy Mountain site.

As an aspect of Hinduism, tantrism can include maithuna or sexual connection that usually has as its ultimate goal, the union of the individual soul with the Universal. Ecstasy of a sexual nature is only one of the lesser objectives, but that is how it has been most often misunderstood until recently. Sexual yoga can also be practiced with the objective of acquiring certain impressive abilities, accomplishments or siddhis. However, enhanced sexual experience is not the objective of any genuine yogic system or tantric tradition. That would go against the very foundation of a view that sees all beings as part of a greater whole that encompasses several different realms of existence; in which beings are dependant on each other, and where experience has consequences far beyond one’s own desires or immediate knowledge.

In the Shurangama Sutra the Buddha is quoted as warning that there are teachers who have been misled and continue teaching the false doctrine that the male and female organs are the means to liberation or enlightenment.

THE ROLE OF SEX

Lama Thubten Yeshe (Introduction to Tantra, 147) wrote: “There is a certain point in the mastery of the completion stage where physically embracing a consort is necessary . . . .”

There is no doubt that for most people, sexual activity provides a powerful and even sometimes, an overwhelming, experience. It is those qualities that can be used in an advanced stage of practice. Then the partner can be “used” as an activity support, or “action seal” (Skt. karma mudra.) When both partners are practitioners, then there can be further benefit.
John Powers (Introduction to Tibetan Buddhism, 1995) explains:

In these practices, one visualizes oneself and one’s partner as specific deities,
and one’s sexual union is used as a way of generating very subtle minds.

. . . . In the practices using seals, the experience of orgasm is conjoined with techniques that draw the winds into the central channel. The result is an indescribable experience of bliss and direct perception of emptiness. The partner is referred to as a ‘seal’ because the practice seals the realization that all phenomena are a union of bliss and emptiness. According to the second Dalai Lama, one relies on a seal “as an external condition and the experience of the compression process as the inner condition . . . .”

Tantric texts stress that practice with consorts is not a form of sexual indulgence, but rather a form of controlled visualization that uses the special bliss of sexual union. It is restricted to very advanced practitioners, yogins who have gained control over the emanation of a subtle body and have awakened the mystical heat energy . . . . Those who have not advanced to this level are not qualified to practice with an actual consort; people without the necessary prerequisites who mimic tantric sexual practices thinking that they are practicing tantra are simply deluded, and may do themselves great harm.

A karma mudra (sexual partner) can also be imaginary, since one is ready for this kind of practice after having attained skill with Completion stage visualization. However, even Je Tsong Khapa who founded the Gelugpas, agreed that to attain buddhahood in one lifetime, it is necessary to use an actual consort (karma mudra) saying, “A female companion is the basis of accomplishment of liberation.” That is, in order to generate an illusory body as that of a particular deity with all the qualities of existence, another person must interact with it.

Powers says further:
The only other way to accomplish this is to transform the clear light of death into a deity, but this can only be done when actual death occurs. According to Gelukpa tradition, this was the choice that Tsong Khapa made. He was concerned that some of his followers might go astray if he were to practice with an actual consort, and so he postponed the generation of an illusory body until his death. When the clear light of death manifested, he effected the transformation of subtle body and arose as a fully enlightened buddha.

Powers quotes Daniel Cozort (Highest Yoga Tantra, 1986):
“Shakyamuni Buddha, in his last lifetime prior to enlightenment, used an Action Seal, but it is said that although [Tsong Khapa] became a Buddha, he did not use an Action Seal, becoming enlightened in the intermediate state instead . . . because he feared his followers would imitate him without being properly prepared, thus hampering instead of enhancing their practice . . . .”
Also, many masters from Atisha to Kyadrubje are reported to have noted that there are few people around that can act as the Wisdom (Skt. vidya) consort, since they do not have all the required characteristics (Lessing and Wayman. Introduction to Buddhist Tantric Systems.)[hr_padding]

ORIGINS

Many scholars believe that tantrism, a method of psycho-spiritual advancement, developed in India before the purported arrival over 3 thousand years ago of so-called Indo-Europeans. With the pressures brought to bear on Indian religious life by the 8th century invaders, the tantric systems were maintained in the south of the sub-continent and also in Bengal where they formed an inextricable aspect of the Goddess (Shakti) religion. Those Indian, and then later on, the Tibetan Buddhist traditions, have preserved these systems intact since ancient times.
Most people believe that the foundations for Kundalini yoga contributed to Buddhist vajrayana practices, however some scholars say that in fact, the tantric teaching originated with Buddhism and was then disseminated to mainstream Hinduism.

THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN HINDU AND BUDDHIST TANTRISM

In 1977, Khyabje Trijang Rinpoche explained the distinction between Hindu and Buddhist tantrism very well. [<lamayeshe.com missing link]

  • According to Min Bahadur Shakya of the Nagarjuna Institute, Nepal:

Vajrayana and Hindu Tantra are NOT the Same. Vajrayana Buddhism is also called the path of skilful means, secret path or effect vehicle. It is not limited to the Tantric process only. Its main principle is based on Madhayamika and Vijnanavada doctrine of Mahayana Buddhism.
The main goal of Hindu Tantra is to actualize the permanent, eternal Brahma as the realisation of the ultimate truth. In Vajrayana Buddhism, on the other hand, there is the system of meditation of the unity of Samatha and Vipashyana according to the Tantric or Sutra Mahamudra systems. These methods are unknown to Hindu Tantric systems. The purpose of Vajrayana Buddhist practice is to attain the perfect enlightenment of Buddha whereas in [the] Hindu Tantric system, the basis is to realize the Ten Mahavidyas as the highest forms of deities.
In Vajrayana Tantric meditation, the method is the generation and completion stage of the meditation whereas in Hindu Tantric meditation system, the method is limited to the generation stage. As a result of these meditation[s,] … Vajrayana practitioners achieve the state of complete enlightenment, whereas in Hindu Tantric system, the attainment is the Brahma realm. Therefore, it is a gross mistake to state that Vajrayana and Hindu Tantra are similar. Furthermore, in Vajrayana Buddhism, there are innumerable methods of meditations on Gurus, Buddhas, Bodhisattvas, Istadevatas, [Tib. yidam] Dakinis and Dharmapalas. The Ten Mahavidyas . . . considered [the] highest deities in [the] Hindu Tantric system, are relegated to the positions of [mere] . . . protectors of the Dharma (ie. Dharmapalas,) who can only clear obscurations in a practitioner’s practice but not really give enlightenment.

The deities in Buddhist Tantras are considered as the manifestation of our mind, whereas in [the] Hindu system it is the ultimate principle itself.
~ edited from 1993 paper on Newar Buddhist Culture.

BUDDHIST TANTRIC TRADITION

As a method in Buddhism, the objective is enlightenment “in this very lifetime,” but in both traditions, Hindu and Buddhist, it is acknowledged that the path of tantra is a risky one, indeed. In a well-known warning given by master to student, he or she who embarks upon the tantric path may be compared to a small snake inside a hollow bamboo tube. That is, once you get in there are only two ways out — up to enlightenment, or down to hell.

There has also been some misunderstandings about the nature and role of Buddhist teachers, generally. It is not necessary to be a celibate monk in order to mentor others on the Buddhist path. Many married people are also disciplined practitioners of meditation and other tantric techniques. Many others have partners or consorts with whom they work towards achieving the highest realization.
Buddhist tantric practitioners, ngakpas — they are not monks — generally do not take a consort until they are middle-aged when their meditation and other practices are stable.

CRAZY WISDOM

There is in the Buddhist Mahayana tradition, a long and respected tradition of the enlightened teacher who, according to general social norms, may appear to be very eccentric. But that is not to say that if a teacher behaves in an improper way towards a student, he or she ought to be excused as a “crazy yogi.” There is no excuse for the abuse of power or the manipulation of those who are vulnerable and trusting.
Students, too, must be careful, as it will surely result in very bad karmic consequences to cause any ordained teacher, celibate or not, to break their vows.

MAGIC

The word magic means “activity that the mages of Persia (and other Easter lands) were known for.” They bedazzled their audiences by seeming to be able to transform one thing into another. As with other skills or arts of human beings, we can only know what they accomplished long ago once their deeds were recorded for posterity by means of the written word. It is highly likely that many ancient practices were never written down.
The 20th-century saw a revival of the European expression of this training (to practice transformation by extraordinary means) in Wicca. Wicca is a Norse word that is related to wicker [wic > vik = to bend] the product of skill, training and imagination where witheys [thin willow branches] are bent, braided or twisted to form baskets and other useful objects. The word for any work of this kind iscraft, as in arts and crafts. A crafter of wicker objects was called a wicca or wicce [f. form, pron. witch.] Hence the northern European “tantric” tradition is called Witchcraft.
Of course, we know that the word witch took on another meaning entirely, so that today, people who do self-transformative practices in the European tradition are often reluctant to to use that expression.

Because of the terrible persecution inflicted upon anyone suspected of following the early European wisdom traditions, intact ancient lineages do not exist any longer. Today, the western rituals and practices stem mainly from 19th-century Britain, though there are some others. The same is true of the West African traditions that came to the West as Macumba and Vaudun (voodoo) Therefore, sadly there are very few genuine, intact tantric traditions still remaining.

LEARNING TANTRIC BUDDHISM

All forms of tantric practice require the transmission and supervision of a guru or teacher. The tantric tradition followed by Buddhists is, naturally, the one followed and passed on by the Buddha. The path is known as Vajrayana Buddhism.Though Buddha Shakyamuni rejected the notion of a permanent Self, he acknowledged that there is reincarnation. However, he taught that rebirth was not inevitable, and he taught the methods that he himself had used to achieve enlightenment. Enlightenment is associated with Nirvana — a release from the bonds of the wheel of rebirth. Though Nirvana is the End of Suffering which can be equated with Bliss, nirvana does not mean ecstasy, nor does it mean feeling blissful. It is an expression used to refer to a kind of extinction.
With Vajrayana, it is possible to achieve Nirvana in a single lifetime.

For more on the subject: Lama Thubten Yeshe.  The Bliss of Inner Fire, Wisdom Publications.

PRELIMINARY PRACTICES

Preliminary Practices are also preparatory: They help overcome any lack of confidence or lack of conviction in the efficacy of the tantric process. They should be explained and shown by an authorized teacher who can grant the permission and provide the support for you to begin to do them.
Tantric Practitioners in the Old Testament? The Nazirim Some would say that a Jewish nazir was a kind of tantric yogin.

Biblical figures such as Samson (Hebrew: Shimshon) the Judge, the prophet Samuel (Shmu’el) and much later in time, John the Baptist, are described as Nazirim. A nazir (Heb: devoted one, devout) is a person (a female is a nazirah) who has taken three special vows at the main temple in Jerusalem. He may take the vows for life or for a shorter period, such as one month. He must not cut his hair, drink alcohol nor have any contact with the dead. Contrary to popular opinion, nazirim do not vow to abstain from sexual relations. According to the orthodox Jewish, or rabbinical, tradition, one cannot today be a nazir since the Temple is no longer available for the ritual.

An interesting part of the story of Shimshon’s seduction by D’lilah occurs when he tries to fool her by saying that his hair is involved in his phenomenal strength. That is true, but he goes on to explain that if she uses his seven long braids as a kind of warp, then she will be able to weave a kind of binding that will imprison him. If Samson was an advanced tantric practitioner, then he is revealing the truth of existence to her. (Actually, his strength can only be compromised if the hair is cut.)
Source: www.khandro.net/Buddhism_tantric.htm

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