Thursday, 6 March 2014

Vajra Romance

Romance as an aspect of Vajrayana practice that is little known in the West. We are teaching on this topic in Vienna this weekend. We look forward to meeting Vajrayana practitioners in Austria.

Tantric sexuality is a vast field of living knowledge in which coital union is infinitely modulated in terms of all the sense-fields. It voluptuates in: the soft silence of falling snow on bare branches; the succulent stickiness of a budding twig; the glorious unreserved unravelling of blossoms; and, the cool moist fire of autumnal foliage. It is the art of the way in which the eye sees, and the poetry of the way in which the ear hears. Eyesight penetrates visual phenomena, and is engulfed by the field of vision. Hearing penetrates sound and is engulfed by the auditory dimension. Every sense-perception and sense-field performs, and is performed by, the same ecstatic dance. Male and female qualities of existence are the play of reality itself. They continually interpenetrate and inter-engulf each other as nondual dance. The tantric vision of reality is one in which sexuality is the meaning of every nuance of existence. To see the colour of a bird’s plumage is to be in sexual embrace. Listening to the bowed strings of a cello is to be in sexual embrace. Inhaling the saline scent of sea air; savouring the taste of a heavily tannic wine; caressing the intriguing surface texture of a weathered stone; contemplating the delicate elaborations of a cognitive pattern; all these sensory communications are sexual embrace. They are self-communicated communication – and they are continuously arising from and dissolving into emptiness.

Entering the Heart of the Sun and Moon, Ngakpa Chögyam and Khandro Déchen, Aro Books, pg. 100

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