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Tantra: Purifying the Ordinary “I”

In everyday life we stop impure, ordinary appearances and concepts, and by visualizing ourselves as a deity, we transform into pure appearance and pure thought. By visualizing our own body as the deity’s, we stop ordinary appearances and concepts, and we transform our own body's ordinary form into pure appearance—the holy body of the Buddha, the holy body of the deity.

–Lama Zopa Rinpoche



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New Arrivals and Revised Editions

Mani Lotus Pendant

Mani Lotus Pendant

This metal pendant features on one side the six-syllable mantra of Chenrezig, the Buddha of Compassion—OM MANI PADME HUM—in Tibetan encircling the seed syllable HRI. The other side features a star mandala of the same mantra in Siddham, a script used for writing out Sanskrit, encircled by the mani mantra in Mandarin. Pendant comes with strong, nylon cord.
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The Great Exposition of Secret Mantra Volume 1 - Tantra in Tibet

The Great Exposition of Secret Mantra Volume 1 - Tantra in Tibet

This revised work describes the differences between the Great Vehicle and Lesser Vehicle streams in the sutra tradition, and between the sutra tradition and that of tantra generally. It includes highly practical and compassionate explanations from H.H. the Dalai Lama on tantra for spiritual development; the first part of the classic Great Exposition of Secret Mantra text; and a supplement by Jeffrey Hopkins on the difference between the Vehicles, emptiness, psychological transformation, and the purpose of the four tantras.
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The Great Exposition of Secret Mantra Volume 2 - Deity Yoga

The Great Exposition of Secret Mantra Volume 2 - Deity Yoga

This revised work describes the profound process of meditation in Action (kriya) and Performance (carya) Tantras. Invaluable for anyone who is practicing or is interested in Buddhist tantra, this volume includes a lucid exposition of the meditative techniques of deity yoga from H.H. the Dalai Lama; the second and third chapters of the classic Great Exposition of Secret Mantra text; and a supplement by Jeffrey Hopkins outlining the structure of Action Tantra practices as well as the need for the development of special yogic powers.
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The Great Exposition of Secret Mantra Volume 3 - Yoga Tantra

The Great Exposition of Secret Mantra Volume 3 - Yoga Tantra

The Dalai Lama opens the door to the topic of Yoga Tantra with an extraordinarily detailed teaching on a classic text. Rarely in the Dalai Lama's lifetime has he given teachings of such a nature on this topic. There follows a translation of the Yoga Tantra section of Dzong-ka-ba'sThe Great Exposition of Secret Mantra, one of his most important works and a monument of Tibetan Buddhist literature. Jeffrey Hopkins concludes this book with an outline of the steps of Yoga Tantra practice. This is an invaluable book for anyone who is practicing or interested in Buddhist tantra in general.
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Books

Tantric Ethics

Tantric Ethics

Tantra, or Vajrayana, Buddhism is a set of esoteric practices that involve mantra recitation and complex visualizations. Tantra constitutes the fabric of a Tibetan Buddhist's daily practice, but no practice of tantra can be successful without adherence to the tantric precepts, the highest of three complementary sets of vows. Tsongkhapa is perhaps the greatest philosopher ever produced by Tibet's Buddhist culture, and this book is a translation of his explanation of the tantric precepts.
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The Easy Path

The Easy Path

The First Panchen Lama’s Easy Path (de lam), written nearly four hundred years ago, is like a chest of jewels that has, until now, been locked to English speakers. This translation, with Gyumed Khensur Lobsang Jampa’s commentary, unlocks that chest and holds each jewel up to the sunlight to reveal its great beauty and value. A number of books in the past have explained how to meditate on the stages of the path, but Geshe Lobsang Jampa’s volume is unique in showing the reader how to integrate visualizations from highest yoga tantra, guru yoga, and the instructions of the oral tradition within the contemplations of every single stage.
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Introduction to Tantra

Introduction to Tantra

Introduction to Tantra is the best available clarification of a subject that is often misunderstood. This new edition of this classic text includes a new foreword by Philip Glass and a new cover design, but leaves untouched Lama Yeshe's excellent original text, edited by Jonathan Landaw. 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.
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Principles of Buddhist Tantra

Principles of Buddhist Tantra

Kirti Tsenshap Rinpoché was a renowned teacher of Tibetan Buddhism with students worldwide. Revered as a teacher by even the Dalai Lama, he was known especially as a master of Buddhist tantra, the powerful esoteric methods for attaining enlightenment swiftly. The teachings in this book are a singular record of his deep learning in that field. Originally delivered in California to a group of Western students, the teachings comment on a classic introduction to tantra by the 19th-century Mongolian lama Choje Ngawang Palden. The work, Illumination of the Tantric Tradition, is a staple even today in the training of young monastics.
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Tantra

Tantra

There are a great many books now available describing the complex rituals and esoteric significance of the ancient practices of Buddhist tantra. But none take the friendly, helpful approach of Geshe Tashi Tsering's Foundation of Buddhist Thought series. Understanding the many questions Westerners have upon first encountering tantra's colorful imagery and veiled language, Geshe Tsering gives straight talk about deities, initiations, mandalas, and the various stages of tantric development.
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Tantric Techniques

Tantric Techniques

Deity yoga is the meditative practice of imagining oneself as an ideal being fully endowed with compassion, wisdom, and her resultant altruistic activities. The idea is that by imagining being a buddha, one gets closer to actually achieving buddhahood. Tantric Techniques will give the reader a dynamic sense of the potential of the human mind for self-transformation through step-by-step use of the imagination.
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The Bliss of Inner Fire

The Bliss of Inner Fire

In the classic bestseller, Introduction to Tantra, Lama Yeshe offered a profound yet wonderfully clear glimpse into the authentic and sophisticated practices of Tibetan Buddhist tantra. This present book, the last major teachings of this great lama, opens up the world of advanced practices for Highest Yoga Tantra initiates in much the same way his earlier work opened up the world of tantra in general. Following Je Tsongkhapa's (1357-1419 CE) text Having the Three Convictions, Lama Yeshe introduces the renowned Six Yogas of Naropa, focusing mainly on the first of these six, the practice of inner fire (tummo).
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Homestudy Programs and Practices

Discovering Buddhism Module Thirteen - Introduction to Tantra - Online

Discovering Buddhism Module Thirteen - Introduction to Tantra - Online

In this module you will learn the meaning of tantra, how tantra works, and why it is a powerful form of practice if done with the right foundation of understanding and practice. Get a broad overview of the distinction between sutra and tantra, the four classes of tantra and the meaning of deity yoga. In addition, find out how to integrate the practices of tantra with lam-rim meditation for optimal results.
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Six-Session Guru Yoga with commentary by Lama Zopa Rinpoche eBook & PDF

Six-Session Guru Yoga with commentary by Lama Zopa Rinpoche eBook & PDF

Within the Gelug tradition, practicing the Six-Session Guru Yoga is a daily commitment for anyone who has received a highest yoga tantra empowerment. This practice provides texts of the full Six-Session Guru Yoga, the abbreviated version, and commentary from Lama Zopa Rinpoche on the benefits of the practice and the samayas of the five buddha families, as well as rich, detailed instructions on how to meditate on each verse of the sadhana.
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Chod: Cutting Through the Ego

Chod: Cutting Through the Ego

This practice strikes right at the heart of the selfish attitude. Rather than defend ourselves from potential harm-givers, here, we imagine offering our treasured bodies to those who would seek to harm us. We also give away body and mind to satisfy the needs of all beings. This forces the practitioner to examine carefully how we hold the “I” and thus presents a supreme opportunity to develop both wisdom and compassion simultaneously.
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The Intermediate Practices of Vajrayogini

The Intermediate Practices of Vajrayogini

Intended for the use of those who have completed an approximation retreat enabling the activities and the accompanying subsequent pacifying burning offering. This volume makes available the complete self-empowerment ritual, together with practice and set-up instructions. A practitioner’s ability to perform regular self-initiation practice during this lifetime is essential to engaging in deep purification of the mind, especially in preparation for, at the very least, a positive death and future rebirth, or even better, for achieving the pure land of Vajrayogini herself, Khachö, in this life, at death, in the bardo, or in one’s next life.
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DVDs & CDs

Vajrayogini Long Sadhana, The Nearing Path to Great Bliss - Tunes in Tibetan - MP3 Download

Vajrayogini Long Sadhana, The Nearing Path to Great Bliss - Tunes in Tibetan - MP3 Download

This MP3 download contains the Tibetan chantable tunes for prayers in the long sadhana of Vajrayogini, The Nearing Path to Great Bliss: The Uncommon Sadhana of Venerable Vajrayogini Naro Khacho , as well as the tsog offering practice, composed by Pabongkha Dechen Nyingpo. Tibetan chants by Lobsang Chonjor.
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Vajrayogini Self Initiation Tunes in English - MP3 Download

Vajrayogini Self Initiation Tunes in English - MP3 Download

This MP3 download contains English chantable tunes for all of the important prayers of the self-initiation practice of Vajrayogini (The Uncommon Sadhana of Venerable Vajrayogini Naro Kachö –Quick Path to Great Bliss together with the self empowerment ritual, The Mandala Rite, Celebration of Great Bliss). English chants by Ven. Paula Chichester and the Dakini Land Choir.
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Chod - Dedicating the Illusory Body Audio CD

Chod - Dedicating the Illusory Body Audio CD

Chod means "Cutting Through". it is based on the teachings of the Buddha called Prajnaparamita- the sutra teachings on emptiness and selflessness. Sound has always been  an integral part of this practice. Chod is chanted to hauntingly beautiful melodies, accompanied at times by hand drum, bell and at one point of the practice, a human thighbone trumpet. The chants are performed by a group of nuns from Khachoe Ghakyal Ling Nunnery in Kathmandu under the guidance of Geshe Losang Jamyang, previous abbot of Thubten Shedrup Monastery in the Everest area.
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Meditation Supplies

Inner Offering Set (Kapala) - Silver

Inner Offering Set (Kapala) - Silver

The kapala ("skull" in Sanskrit) is a ritual cup made in the shape of a human skull, often meant to hold the inner offering unique to Highest Yoga Tantra. Although some – especially older – kapalas are made of real human craniums, ours are handmade from electroplated metal. Each kapala set features a skull cup that rests on a triangular pedestal and is topped with a vajra-handled lid.
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Damaru High Quality with Brocade Case

Damaru High Quality with Brocade Case

This traditional wooden damaru was handcrafted using aged and cured wood and other high quality materials to produce a beautiful and rich sound. The drum comes with a designed lotus pattern finely embroidered rayon brocade cover, a gold plated ring and a tasseled color tail. Damarus are used to offer music to the buddhas in prayer ceremonies. Each drum is handmade in Nepal and therefore has its own unique sound.
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Altar Cloth Brocade - Endless Knot

Altar Cloth Brocade - Endless Knot

Altar runners can be used to protect an altar's surface and to beautify your sacred space. They are also suitable for ornamenting your personal puja table and as an offering to your sacred texts and ritual items. The endless knot or eternal knot is a symbolic knot and one of the eight auspicious symbols. It represents the flowing of time and movement within that which is eternal. All existence, it says, is bound by time and change, yet ultimately rests serenely within the omnipresent Buddha. Hand made by Napalese family.
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Silver Vajrayogini Pendant

Silver Vajrayogini Pendant

This symbol is an aid for the meditation and visualization practice of Vajrayogini (Tib. Dorje Naljorma), the female tantric embodiment symbolizing the union of method and wisdom (bliss and emptiness). This pure sterling silver Vajrayogini pendant is hand crafted in Nepal.
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Bam Seed Syllable Pendant

Bam Seed Syllable Pendant

This gold-colored alloy pendant features the seed syllable BAM, the eight-spoked Dharma wheel, and wish-fulfilling gem on a sturdy cord. The BAM syllable is surrounded by the powerful mantra OM PÄDMO USHNISHA VIMALE HUM PHAT, known as the Wish-Granting Wheel mantra in English. The mantra is said to purify defilements, cleanse negative energy and provide protection.
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