Creative Symbols of Tantric Buddhism

By Bikshu Sangharakshita

Illustrator: Aloka

Format: Multiple Formats

Tantric Buddhism is concerned with the direct experience of who we are and what we can become. This can be evoked with the help of symbols. These include the symbolism of colour, mantras and the mandala of the five Buddhas.

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Windhorse Publications

Windhorse Publications is a Buddhist charitable company based in the UK. They seek to produce accessible and relevant books of high quality for all those interested in Buddhism at whatever level. They are the main publisher of Sangharakshita, the founder of the Triratna Buddhist Order. They seek to draw on the whole range of the Buddhist tradition, including translations of traditional texts, commentaries, biographies of Buddhists, and works on meditation.

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Tantric Buddhism is concerned with the direct experience of who we are and what we can become. Its sole aim is to help us liberate the energy we have locked away in old habits, narrow views and fears. Transforming ourselves in this way we can realise our potential for profound wisdom and unbounded compassion. For the Tantra, this experience is beyond words and thought, beyond the conscious mind and personality. But this direct experience can be evoked with the help of symbols. The whole Tantric path to enlightenment is strewn with these symbolic images, mantras and rituals. Without the help of a reliable guide the vast scope of the Tantra can seem overwhelming and inaccessible. In "Creative Symbols of Tantric Buddhism" the reader can find a thorough, informative and illustrated guide to: the symbolism of sacred colours, mantras (chanting) and the mandala of the five Buddhas; understanding the Tibetan Wheel of Life - a map of our mind and emotions; figures of the Tantric tradition - Buddhas, Bodhisattvas, Dakinis and the archetypal guru; the symbolism of ritual objects and offerings; and confronting and transforming our fear of death and crisis situations.

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Format Multiple Formats
Imprint Windhorse Publications
Publication Date 11 Oct 2002
SKU 9781899579471-grouped
Number of Pages 224

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