There are a number of different definitions of tantra from various viewpoints, not all of them necessarily consistent. The White Lotus Tantra (c) system identifies tantra as the practice of connecting with the soul. This heartfelt practice of compassion is done through White Tantra practice or advanced Red Tantric practice (Sacred Sexuality). The White Lotus Tantra (c) system is an eclectic mix of Buddhist, Verdic, and modern tantric practices made readily available to the people of today.
Tantra itself is an amassing of practices and philosophy which is characterized by the use of ritual, by use of the everyday to access Spiritual Bliss emotionally and physically by connecting at a soul-full level.
The Tantric practitioner seeks to use the chi, prana, ki, also called bio-electric-magnetic energy (divine power) that flows through all the universe (including one's own body) to connect to an individual; be it a lover, co-worker, or adversary. This can be both a mystical experience as well as an experienced based in the pleasures of the physical.
In the process of working with this sacred energy, the Tantrika, or tantric practitioner, has various tools at his or her disposal. These include yoga (Shugendo Yoga), to set in motion processes that will "yoke" the practitioner to the divine. Also key are visualizations exercises designed to influence the process as well as the spoken word as seen in mantras, which may be interpreted as seeing, listening internally, and singing with power into a powerful state within the individual, resulting in an ever-increasing awareness of cosmic vibration. This is further strengthened through daily practice.
Tantric practice is a quest for spiritual perfection and magical power. Its purpose is to achieve complete control of oneself, and of all the forces of nature, in order to attain union with the cosmos and with the divine. Long training is generally required to master Tantric methods, but the White Lotus Tantra © system is the lightning path to Universal Love and Soul Connection.
Tantra is the concept of uniting the Universal energies of the Mind/Body/Spirit/and Soul. Archeological evidence suggests tantric practices existed 25,000 years ago, and today we refer to these practices mainly by their Sanskrit name of Tantra (Tanoti=to expand, Trayati=to liberate). Tantra has typically been associated with the practices of ancient India and Tibet, but evidence of the Tantra can be found in every culture (eg Stone Age cave paintings, Egyptian secrets of the 'Ankh', Chinese Taoism, alchemy of medieval Europe...even all the major religions seem to have had its internal branched off courses where the Goddess/female/sexual energy/sexual union was honored as the means of reaching the ultimate union with the Divine. This is seen more in Red Tantric practices where the natural sexual union between man and woman is done with this ritual and Soul Connection where each became spiritually complete.
Tantra was once openly acknowledged and demonstrated; and in times of oppression, secretly treasured for the 'initiates' and taught only to the select. Today we offer it openly through the White Lotus Tantra © system. Tantra is the path of Liberation.
But to further grasp the concept of tantra within the White Lotus Tantra (c) system one must further define White and Red Tantra.
White Tantra consists of those schools that produce beings who are clean of all egotistical desire, anger, lust, envy, etc. Within the White Lotus Tantra (c) system this is a non-sexual approach to connecting to the Soul with only Unconditional Love and Compassion.
White Tantra is primarily concerned with meditative practices and utilizes the power of chi energy without the need of sexual physical contact with another. Divine chi energy is being either circulated within the individual or transformed between two (or more) individuals on the level of their energy bodies. Consistent White Tantra practice is known to raise the kundalini, liberate the mind, and lead one toward Buddhahood. The heart of White Tantra is Love.
The consistent training of White Tantric techniques form the basis of the White Lotus Tantra © system and are essential to its Red Tantric practice.
The White Lotus Tantra © system has three seperate White Tantra training levels for the practitioner; all building one on top of the other.
Red Tantra primarily focuses on the sexual practice related to tantra. This is a feature that makes tantra so appealing to the sexually self-conscious, spiritually starved western society. And though the sexual union is considered the highest form of tantric practice, it can be, and is easily misinterpreted. Unfortunately the West has taken the term tantra and deteriorated it into solely pornographic material with no sense of spirituality, orgies (often with mind altering substances), and an idea where sexual pleasure and self-gratification overshadows the spiritual intent of self-realization, love, and soul connection. Tantra is a path of enlightenment and liberation: sexual liberation is an important pre-requisite, but do not think it is a XXX fun-fest. Red Tantra is SACRED SEXUALITY.
Red Tantra is the cultivating states of presence, energy flow, relaxation, harmony, and connection which is not always easy. A lifetime of hurts and other negative experiences have gradually limited our ability to be present and to express the essence of who we really are, fully and freely. We slowly become cut off from our feelings and the ability to experience our sexual creative energy in a connected, joyful, loving way. By incorporating White Tantra into Red Tantra practice the White Lotus Tantra (c) system heals on a multitude of levels.
White Lotus Tantra (c) incoporates two advanced levels on Red Tantra; required for instructor and master teacher certification.
Remember tantra is a spiritual path for integrating body, mind and soul. It differs from other paths in its honoring of the body, utilizing the senses, sexuality, and feelings to help evolve spiritually. Tantra assists in realizing your full potential as a human being. If you choose to live from the tantric perspective, you can and will transform your life. You will discover bliss. You may apply tantric practices and principles, both White and Red, to many areas of life - to relationship and sexual loving, spiritual practice and lifestyle, physical and emotional well-being.
The benefits of Tantric practice in the White Lotus Tantra (c) system include:
* Transcendent sexuality
* Deepened relationships
* Emotional freedom
* Expanded intuitive abilities
* Sustained health and vitality
* Unlimited love
* and Playful, ecstatic awareness