I have been on a Tantra path for a number of years now. I have in the past experienced Buddhism ( I volunteered for a Buddhist Lady at a retreat in Northern Ireland for one thing ). I had observed that, that tradition included Tantra, in quite a different way to other traditions.
As we know there is a popular, general misconception of Tantra being about SEX. Although the flip side is that I have observed a couple of instances of SLEAZE whilst out and about in the Tantra community. This – to me does not do the rep of Tantra any good at all. I am tbh equally naffed off and bored with what appears to be an obsession with sex in society. This to me is the great imbalance. I can go off tangent here but will leave that there for now.
I have always banged on about ” looking for purity”.
I have kinda shunned Buddhism for a number of years now, for a few reasons. I think I have a “past life”/Karmic ” bit of a beef” with Buddhism for some reason teeeheeee. I know I was a Tibetan monk at some point in history. But Buddhism is yet another religion that is sexist, within its general culture i.e inequality in its attitudes towards women.
So I went along to the Sunday session of Tantra teaching and meditation at the Huddersfield Buddhist Centre as I thought that this would be a different perspective. There was also a session on the Saturday but I missed that one.
So – the teacher – a Buddhist monk – who is a woman – has the most beautiful, soft voice and manner. The teachings have lots of strange and complicated words, verses and concepts but there is also lots of periods of silence and as I just ( in the main) let go, open up and allow the energy to flow into my crown and down into my heart – I do feel my heart softening, opening more and vibrating xxxxx It leaves me feeling peaceful – I coulda cried with love xxx
I then had a delicious, high vibe lunch there and on my merry way to work – this was a well timed pit stop between two jobs !!! SO !!!!!!!! the next day ( now) – I look for the image of Buddha Heruka – to find this one above – so there is ( what looks like anyway – maybe i am wrong ) a yab yum going on ( the position) SEX which I did not expect – it is probably that this was explained on the Sat session as the teacher did not mention it on the Sunday session. However to me it looks quite aggressive – I have seen many other depictions from other traditions which are more loving than this one – altho the woman is usually shown to be small – in the ancient images !!!!
HMMMMMM – that’s ALL I can say for now !!!
But the blurb for a “Tantra empowerment” at a coming festival is – “Attaining PURITY, when we completely purify our mind through tantric practise, our world, ourself, our enjoyments and our activities also become completely PURE – THIS IS the state of enlightenment” – this is the practises of Heruka Body mandala and Vajrayogini !!!!
I am gonna check out the festival – where you can get the “highest Yoga Tantra empowerments” !! – http://www.kadampafestivals.org/summer xxxx
some peeps say you should stick to one system – should should shoulda !!! I am exploring and finding my way into my own system xxx – its all good !!! Life is an adventure and I am Lyndiana Jones – xxxx ha ha