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Kalachakra Tantra, Rite of Initiation

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Revised edition, edited, translated and introduced by Jeffrey Hopkins.
pp. 512, 8 tavv. a colori f.t., London
data stampa: 1989
codice isbn: 978086171028

Of the hundreds of Buddhist tantras, the Kalachakra is one of the most important. I n Tibet - where these esoteric teachings have been practised purely far a thousand years - and now in the West, this tantra has come to be especially associated with His Holiness the Dalai Lama, one of the greatest Buddhist teachers alive today.

The Dalai Lama has given the initiation into the practice of Kalachakra a number of times, and this book is based on the first that he gave in the West, in Madison, USA in 1981. It presents the seri es of initiations, which took three days, that authorize practice of the first of two stages involved in the tantra - the stage of generation, in which the practitioners visualize themselves as an ideal being, a Buddha. The initiation ritual is translated and interspersed with commentary from the Dalai Lama.

In the first part of the book the Dalai Lama's translator, Professor Jettrey Hopkins, explains the tantric techniques of deity yoga and how it is possible, by practising them, to transform oneself into a Buddha. He discusses the importance of having an altruistic motivation far practising these techniques, and includes the marvellous stanzas of Tok-may-sang-bo, The Thirty-seven Practices or a Bodhisattva. He describes the Kalachakra mandala and how it relates to the initiation, discusses the procedure of the initiation itself, recounts in brief the lives of the authors, both the Dalai Lama and Kay-drup, and outlines a short history of the Kalachakra Tantra.

Also included are three versions of the Six-Session Voga, the rites far daily practice.

This is the first time that a tantric initiation ritual has been explained in detail and published in a Western language. The special techniques far transforming body, speech and mind into completely altruistic expression are presented far the benefit of not only those who intend, alter taking the initiation, to practise these techniques, but al so far those who want to learn about this remarkable system of spiritual practice.

This edition has been revised since it was first published far the Kalachakra initiation in Switzerland, 1985.

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