DescriptionWhat is it? Tasting the Essence of Tantra is designed as a four year meditation training program with 2 residential retreats each year and ongoing support to help you keep your practice going while at home. Introduction: Tantra or Vajrayana is one of the most extraordinary aspects of Buddhism that emerged in India and became shaped and developed in its transmission through Nepal and into Tibet. Today this tradition is accessible to Westerners as Tibetan masters come to the West to teach. Many people are attracted to tantric practice but are not always able to make a deep connection to experience. The complexity of practice that has been developed in Tibet is not easy for us as Westerners to relate to and does not always suit the Western mind. Many people try to engage with these practices but struggle with this complexity and become disappointed when they do not seem to be attaining the results they may have wished for. To gain a genuine experience of this path we need to find ways to enable the particular psychological nature of our Western mind to be touched by this profound Eastern tradition. Tantra is a creative process and just as it evolved when it became Tibetan experience, so too it must evolve as it meets the Western mind in order that it genuinely becomes our experience. Program Objectives:
- Open to the experience of how tantra works
- Awaken a taste of tantra, not just intellectual knowledge
- Establish an on-going daily meditation practice
- Develop a good basis for further preliminary (Gnon Dro) practices
- Develop a sound relationship between the body and emotional experience During the course there will be a gradual introduction to the primary deity practices of Kriya tantra and to some of the foundations for the practice of Higher tantra. As the course progresses participants will be supported to establish an on-going meditation practice, learn the processes of making offerings, creating sacred space, purification and healing. Those who are able to participate in the entire program will find this is a good basis for further practice such as the Gnon Dro or preliminary practices as well as the practices of Higher Tantra. Rob’s style of teaching is oriented to opening a dialogue around the material that is being explored. This is to maintain a spirit of exploration and creativity in the way tantra is integrated into Western experience rather than holding to rigid prescriptions of practice. Because of this, it is helpful to bear in mind that elements of the course may change as it unfolds to take into account what emerges as things progress and what is relevant to people’s experience.
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