Buddhism 101: How Vajrayana & Tantra Works – Ep. 14

Professor Robert A,F, Thurman draws from his book, Brilliant Illumination of the Lamp of the Five Stages for a discussion on the distinctions between Theravada, Mahayana and Vajrayana, delving into a discussion of Tantra, the creation stage and perfection stage; the extraordinary-ordinary mergers pertaining to basis, path and fruition; and the five stages of the Glorious Esoteric Community (Shri Guhyasamaja) — (1) body isolation, (2) speech isolation, (3) mind isolation, (4) clear light, and (4) communion.

This episode is an excerpt from a lecture given at Tibet House US on April 22, 2015, as part of a lecture series there called Essential Tibetan Buddhism, and its Context in Tibet and the World.”

Buddhism 101: How Vajrayana & Tantra Works Photo by Manuel Bauer from www.dalailama.com.Buddhism 101: How Vajrayana & Tantra Works Photo by Manuel Bauer from www.dalailama.com.

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The song ‘Dancing Ling’ by Tenzin Choegyal from the album ‘Heart Sutra‘ (2004) by Ethno Super Lounge is used on the Bob Thurman Podcast with artist’s permission, all rights reserved.

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Brilliant Illumination of the Lamp of the Five Stages

The Brilliant Illumination of the Lamp of the Five Stages (Rim lnga rab tu gsal ba’i sgron me) is Tsong Khapa’s most important commentary on the perfection stage practices of the Esoteric Community (Guhyasamāja), the …