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“The best introductory work on Tibetan Buddhist tantra available today.”—Janet Gyatso, Harvard University

INTRODUCTION TO TANTRA

The Transformation of Desire

Lama Thubten Yeshe Jonathan Landaw

What is tantra? Who is qualified to practice it? How should it be practiced? What are the results? According to Buddhism, every human being has the potential to achieve profound and lasting happiness. And according to the tantric teachings of Buddhism, this remarkable transformation can be realized very quickly if we utilize all aspects of our human energy—especially the energy of our desires. Introduction to Tantra is the best available clarification of a subject that is often misunderstood. Tantra recognizes that the powerful energy aroused by our desire is an indispensable resource for the spiritual path. It is precisely because our lives are so inseparably linked with desire that we must make use of desire’s tremendous energy not just for pleasure, but to transform our lives. Lama Yeshe presents tantra as a practice leading to joy and self-discovery, with a vision of reality that is simple, clear, and relevant to 21st-century life.

book information
  • Paperback
  • 192 pages, 6.00 x 9.00 inches
  • $16.95
  • ISBN 9781614291558
  • ebook
  • 192 pages
  • $12.99
  • ISBN 9780861719976
about the author
Introduction to Tantra

Lama Thubten Yeshe (1935–84) was born in Tibet and educated at the great Sera Monastic University. He fled the Chinese oppression in 1959. In the late 1960s, with his chief disciple Lama Thubten Zopa Rinpoche, he began teaching Buddhism to Westerners at 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 more than 160 centers, projects, and services worldwide.

Other books by Lama Thubten Yeshe:
The Bliss of Inner Fire
Becoming the Compassion Buddha
Becoming Vajrasattva
When the Chocolate Runs Out
Mahamudra
Mahāmudrā
Wisdom Energy
When the Chocolate Runs Out

Introduction to Tantra

Jonathan Landaw was born in New Jersey in 1944 and attended Dartmouth College. After teaching English with the Peace Corps in Iran (1966-69), he began studying Buddhism in India and Nepal, his main teachers being Lama Thubten Yeshe, Kyabje Zopa Rinpoche, and Geshe Ngawang Dhargyey. While studying in Dharamsala, India, he worked as English editor for the Translation Bureau of His Holiness the Dalai Lama. After moving back to the West in 1977, Jon continued his studies and practices while traveling extensively, giving courses and leading meditation retreats throughout much of North America, Europe, Australia and New Zealand. He is the editor and author of a number of Buddhist books, including Wisdom EnergyIntroduction to Tantra, and Buddhism for Dummies. He lives with his wife and family in Santa Cruz, California.

Other books by Jonathan Landaw:
Prince Siddhartha Coloring Book
Prince Siddhartha
Tara’s Colouring Book
Wisdom Energy

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