(or, what tantra is actually about)
the internet lies! or, at least oversimplifies what tantra means in a
buddhist sense. It’s not about improving your sex life at all, and the stuff that is just about ‘tantric sex’ is pretty much disconnected from the rest of buddhism : making it very questionably *any* sort of spiritual practice. (Although undoubtably still very fun.. ^_^ )
I do enjoy these buddhism classes, very interesting people
and, surprisingly enough, very ‘calming’.
I also get very powerful effects when I meditate at these places… I get to a point that feels almost like dreaming, i become aware of ALL the threads of thought, and underthought, and images : then somehow simulataneousy drop them altogether. Which results in a weird rush sensation, loss of connection/feeling to my body (especially legs), and probably a specific series of neurological events.
Sadly I invariably get so excited about this happening that I stop being calm and meditative. ^_^
So what is this tantra?
But, tantra is essentially a complementary and ‘higher’ (read: harder to understand) practice. It’s about getting your mind into a state of sort-of-bliss (REAL bliss ™ only happens when you’re an ‘enlightened being’).
One of the ways of doing this is really imagining that you are already a buddha and so is everybody else. Or through really really enjoying food, or music, or presumably sex to get to a change of mental state/bliss? (Reminds me of the ‘Cult of Ecstasy’ stuff Kay was showing me)
Being aware of ‘deep sleep’ mind
The point -is- that just acheiving a state of bliss is -not- the point.
In more sciencey terms, what you’re trying to do ultimately is, through meditation and various other stuff, get to a point when you can have your mind in the same state as it is when you’re in *deep sleep* (not REM sleep) and actually be *aware* of it.
If you can do this (and apparently its pretty blissful) then you should really take the oppurtunity to reflect on some of the really weird and powerful stuff, like ’emptiness’. There are some things which you can only really grasp by directly experiencing the truth of them…
((..this makes sense to me because emptiness corresponds quite highly to ’embodied mind/structural coupling’ : a philosophical idea that you just CAN’T understand or explain adequately in words and arguement. It seems that you either get it or you don’t, and if you get it then you can’t describe what it means.))
misconception: buddhism is not about becoming blissfully ignorant of harsh reality
It actually emphasises compassion to all other living beings to a greater extent, and in a more practical way, than any other belief system I’ve come across, including christianity.
The whole idea is to become an enlightened being; which means living in a state of no attachment, no delusion and hence no suffering. but this is only the first step because if you actually get this far (it can take many lives, apparently) then you really begin trying to help everyone else become enlightened.
So it’s not about just getting through this life to some ideal heaven. It’s about working to get all beings to a state of non-suffering…
I’m probably not doing it justice here, but it’s good to summarise my thoughts. I still can’t personally accept a religion as =the= correct idea, but I have learnt a lot of truly beneficial things from buddhist teachings.
I think there is something to be said for an approach of “this is how you can improve your life *NOW*” as opposed to “if you’re good, it will be better once you’re dead”.