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Tantric Techniques

Tantric Techniques
Jeffrey Hopkins
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Deity yoga is the meditative practice of imagining oneself as an ideal being fully endowed with compassion, wisdom, and their 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.

The book offers a complete system of Tantric meditation, comparing the views of three seminal Tibetan authors on deity yoga, and on issues such as how to safeguard against psychological inflation and how to use negative emotions on the path.

"Jeffrey Hopkins has made a major contribution to deepening understanding of Tibetan Buddhism, had access to some of the greatest contemporary Tibetan teachers, but—most important of all—he has, over the years, steadily tried to put what he has learned into practice."
—His Holiness the Dalai Lama

Jeffrey Hopkins is a seminal and influential scholar of Tibetan Buddhism. Professor Emeritus at the University of Virginia, he is the author and translator of more than forty books on Tibetan Buddhism, including Emptiness in the Mind-Only School of Buddhism; Reflections on Reality: The Three Natures and Non-Natures in the Mind-Only School; Absorption in No External World; Mountain Doctrine: Tibet's Fundamental Treatise on Other-Emptiness and the Buddha-Matrix; and, as translator-editor, His Holiness the Dalai Lama's How to Practice and How to See Yourself As You Really Are. His most recent publication is Tsong-kha-pa's Final Exposition of Wisdom.
Technical Notes 6
Introduction 7

PART ONE: The Procedure of DeityYoga 11
1. The Sutra Mode of Meditation 13
2. The Tantric Mode of Meditation 45
3. Jung's Warnings Against Inflation 65
4. The Path in Action Tantra: Divine Body 83
5. Mantra Repetition 117
6. Concentration Without Repetition 145
7. The Practice 165

PART TWO: The Difference Between Sutra and Mantra 203
8. Bu-ton Rin-chen-drup's Stimulating Catalogue 205
9. Long-chen-rap-jam's Dramatic Evocation 243
10. Tsong-kha-pa's Reasoned Analysis of Path-Structure 263
11. Controversy over Deity Yoga in Action Tantra 303

PART THREE: The Difference Between the Four Tantras 319
12. Bu-ton and Tsong-kha-pa: The Four Tantra Sets 321

The First Pal).-chenLama's Reformulation ofTsong-kha-pa's
Presentation of the Vehicles — translated by Donald S. Lopez 359
List of Abbreviations 387
Bibliography 389
Index 413