Tantra: The Path of Ecstasy by Georg Feuerstein


This book isn’t recommended for everyone, but only those who may be interested in the philosophical aspects of Tantra (_e.g._ as found in some Shaivism philosophies, or, more popularly, Tibetan Buddhism). A lot of the book is rather dry and didactic, but provides excellent information that would otherwise be hard to find.

Note that Tantra is not a collection of sexual positions or other practices, though many schools of Tantra have rituals that involve sexual union. The primary idea that _nirvana_ and _samsara_ are one and the same, and, in fact, these two concepts are to be transcended. The sexual union then epitomizes the union of consciousness and manifestation, or idea and action, or the abstract and concrete, or the end of whatever false dualism you might be struggling with. And, incorrectly taken, these practices damage rather than guide one toward enlightenment.

If you’re a devoted student of Hatha Yoga, or if you’re interested in the subject, it’s well worth a read. Otherwise, skip it.

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  1. I’m way too lazy to be into tantric sex…

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