04 May 2010

Time for authentic Tantra, the complete-path teaching of Dakinis

With delight I notice more and more tantra teaching happening in the world. The next generation of teachers are now teaching.

The pioneering and experimental work (how to teach tantra to people of the modern mindset?) of Osho, Margot Anand, Barry Long, John Mumford, and others has borne fruit.

These teachers and their group work facilitators developed an understanding of the modern cultural mindset and how to work with it.

Nowadays, all worthwhile teachers and schools have the objective of removing the culturally imposed/gathered eroticism and automatic assumptions about sex. Clearing the ground of the weeds, the false, before attempting to plant a garden.

This work is more or less essential for all seekers. At minimum, an awareness of one's erotic patterns is essential to any real progress on any path.

Mainly because they operated in a sexually aware and un-repressed culture, traditional ancient tantra did not bother much with this area of work. They practiced in pl;aces and times that were far less repressed. The erotic sculptures around the temple were the only test of readiness they needed. Until a prospective student could walk around the temple without being attracted or repelled by the explicitly erotic statues, he or she was not ready to enter the temple.

A generation of seekers have benefited from the preliminary outer temple work that has been all Westerners know of Tantra. Only now, teachers who continue their teaching into the deep mysteries of inner temple tantra are becoming available.

One characteristic teachers of authentic, real or traditional-equivalent tantra share is that they engage, directly, closely, intimately with their students. There is, obviously, no other way to teach the deep truths of sex-as-meditation.

Daniel Odier's novel, Tantric Quest gives a hint of this kind of work and what it means to be a Dakini's student. From my perspective, teachers at this level are needed now, and my life, for the last several years has been dedicated to enabling and encouraging a few special women to this work.

They can be found at the Teachers page of our international website, advaittantra.com

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