Desire

The Tantric Path to Awakening
By (author) Daniel Odier

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Desire
The Tantric Path to Awakening
By (author) Daniel Odier

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Pages : 192

Book Size : 5.38 x 8.25

ISBN-13 : 9780892818587

Imprint : Inner Traditions

On Sale Date : April 01, 2001

Format : Paperback Book

Nothing can match the explosive energy created in the body by pure desire. Exploring the subtle techniques of Tantra that enable the seeker to attain the triple mastery of the breath, thought, and the natural processes of the body, Desire reveals many of the secret practices that have been passed down in the major Tantric treatises.
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About Desire

• Explains how the primal energy generated by physical desire can be used to achieve enlightenment

• Reveals the techniques used by Tantric adepts to attain mastery over breath, thought, and all physical processes

Nothing can match the explosive energy created in the body by pure desire. For millennia, Tantric adepts have harnessed this force as a means of attaining the summits of the mystical life. The energies fueled by passion are used to nourish the inner flame that burns away the egotistical perception of the mind.

Desire explores the subtle techniques of Tantra that enable the seeker to attain the triple mastery of the breath, thought, and the natural processes of the body. Tantrics believe that the body is the temple and divinity lies at its heart. In order to arrive at profound awareness, the body needs to be perfectly tuned and working toward a state of perfect fluidity. Desire reveals many of the secret practices intended for this purpose that have been passed down in the major Tantric treatises such as the Vijnanabhariva Tantra and Ch'an master Chinul's treatise on the Secrets of Cultivating the Mind, including the important techniques of the ritual sexual observances known as Maithuna.

Table of Contents

Table of content


Part I
1. The Quest: Hedonistic or Spiritual?
2. A Third Path
3. Nostalgia for Unity

Part II
4.
The Power of Woman
5. We Are What We Seek
6. Breath: Door of Our Sensorality
7. Experiencing Totality: First Experience?
8. Touching the World
9. The Heart of Reality
10. The Source of Consciousness
11. Savoring the World
12. Desire and Its Object
13. The Supreme Reality
14. Naked Awareness
15. Sounds of Life
16. The Essence of Satisfaction
17. Sensorality and Consciousness
18. The Interaction of the Eight Consciousnesses
19. The Power of the Senses
20. A Question: Freeing Oneself from the Past
21. Scents of the World
22. Tuning the Body-Instrument to Absolute Love
23. Questions: Love, Sexuality, Fidelity
24. Chants of the Dakinis, the Great Secret
25. Looking at the World
26. Passion
27. Questions: Passion, Ego, Freedom
28. Entrance into the Kingdom of Reality, Cosmic Sensuality
29. The Sexual Ritual, Maithuna, and the Path of the Left Hand
30. The Tantric Orgasm for Women
31. The Tantric Orgasm for Men
32. The Group Sexual Ritual
33. A Tantric Path for the West

Part III
34.
Questions: Sexuality, Desire, Passions, Yoga, Ecstasy, Love, Joy, Pleasure, Space, Beauty, the Heart's Peace

Notes

Index

Author Bio
Daniel Odier is one of France's most honored authors. He founded the Tantra/Chan Center in Paris and has taught courses on the spiritual traditions of the Far East at several American universities, including the University of California. He is the author of several works of nonfiction including Nirvana Tao and Tantric Quest, and many novels. His mystery novels, written under the pen name Delacorta, include Diva, which was made into an award-winning film in 1981. He lives in Switzerland.
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Book Praise

Book Praise

"The book is like a window opening onto a scented garden that gently beckons the explorer."
Napra ReView, May/June 2001

"Odier's Desire is a challenge and a pleasure to all who feel constricted by ordinary religious practice. "
Brian Bruya, Amazon.com, January 2002
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TANTRA / EASTERN RELIGIONS

Nothing can match the explosive energy created in the body by pure desire. For millennia, Tantric adepts have harnessed this force as a means of attaining the summits of the mystical life. The energies fueled by passion are used to nourish the inner flame that burns away the egotistical perception of the mind.

Desire explores the subtle techniques of Tantra that enable the seeker to attain the triple mastery of the breath, thought, and the natural processes of the body. Tantrics believe that the body is the temple and divinity lies at its heart. In order to arrive at profound awareness, the body needs to be perfectly tuned and working toward a state of perfect fluidity. Desire reveals many of the secret practices intended for this purpose that have been passed down in the major Tantric treatises such as the Vijnanabhariva Tantra and Ch’an master Chinul’s treatise on the Secrets of Cultivating the Mind, including the important techniques of the ritual sexual observances known as Maithuna.

DANIEL ODIER is one of France’s most honored authors. He founded the Tantra/Chan Center in Paris and has taught courses on the spiritual traditions of the Far East at several American universities, including the University of California. He is the author of several works of nonfiction, including Nirvana Tao and Tantric Quest, and many novels. His mystery novels, written under the pen name Delacorta, include Diva, which was made into an award-winning film. He lives in Paris.

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