I just accepted that Guru Rinpoche had a consort and that she was highly realized.
It looked pretty cool. It was all part of the mystique, part of the landscape of life in Rigpa as I knew it, where the master could introduce you to the nature of your mind at any second. But then stories about famous consorts such as Yeshe Tsogyal are not secret.
So then, without the full tantric explanation, without understanding the full picture, students are left vulnerable to rumors, anecdotal information and half-truths. For example, years after I left Rigpa, I took on another Dzogchen master for a short time and he had an interesting story. He said the practice of taking a consort was so special that in the past Tibetan men used to pray they would be reborn as women! This meant nothing to me. I thought Tibetans generally prayed to be reborn as men!
Stories like that, without the complete picture, simply increase the mystique and lure Mudras buddhism definition of sexual misconduct consort practice. What is clear from everything I have read on these practices, from everything that is already made public, whether one is talking about Dzogchen or Mahamudra or Highest Yoga Tantra, the practice of sexual union—or karmamudra or using a seal partner or jnanamudra—is part of the highest Vajrayana.
It involves a high level of realization before practitioners engage in it. It requires that the two partners are able to restrain orgasmic release e. I think that risk is relevant here, with women being harmed from a lack of understanding.
Here is a quote from a talk His Holiness gave in Notice from the very first sentence how the level of practice that he describes is very high. Someone new to Dharma would find reading this difficult if not impossible.
In order Mudras buddhism definition of sexual misconduct make primordial simultaneously arising clear light mind fully and completely manifest, we must totally stop or cease all coarser levels of energy-wind and mind. In order to stop the coarser levels of energy-wind and mind from predominating, we need to generate a greatly blissful deep awareness.
To generate a blissful awareness that is sufficiently intense and powerful to accomplish these aims, it is necessary for most persons to rely on a mudra, a sealing physical partner. The reason why the central Buddha-forms in the mandalas and symbolic universes of the anuttarayoga tantra class are mostly in the aspect of a father and mother couple is to indicate this necessity.
There is a great difference between relying on a sealing partner Mudras buddhism definition of sexual misconduct full awareness that doing so is solely to provide the circumstance and source for developing a greatly blissful awareness to be used for the above purposes, and relying on one as a pathway of practice in the manner of a trespasser.
Because they have gained full mastery over their energy-winds and channels, such practitioners never have the danger of experiencing the ordinary bliss of orgasmic emission that would either prevent or destroy their generation of a greatly blissful deep awareness. They are merely using their external and Vajra-bodies as a mechanical device to intensive the blissful awareness of voidness they have already achieved.
Before we have reached this advanced level of accomplishment, we are permitted to practice only with a visualized jnanamudra, a sealing partner for deep awareness. Thus it is not absolutely mandatory to rely on a physical karmamudra partner.
But regardless of our level of realization and whether we are practicing with a visualized jnanamudra partner or a physical karmamudra one, it is extremely essential to keep the purpose in mind and never practice without the three types of discernment or recognition. Furthermore, we understand our mind as always being a primordial clear light mind that arises simultaneously with each moment as a blissful awareness that is inseparable from also being a discriminating awareness of voidness.
These are extremely important points that render reliance on a visualized or physical "Mudras buddhism definition of sexual misconduct" partner into a skillful method on the path.
Such reliance generates a deeply blissful awareness that acts as a circumstance for blocking the coarser levels of energy-wind and mind and making manifest clear light mind so that this clear light mind can be generated as a greatly blissful deep awareness of voidness.
Only such awareness can eliminate the obstacles preventing liberation all at once and only such awareness can remove the obstacles preventing omniscience. To rely on a sealing partner as a Mudras buddhism definition of sexual misconduct of practice without these three types of discernment is a transgression of the tantric vows.
The various systems of Highest Yoga Tantra seek to manifest the mind of clear light, also called the fundamental innate mind of clear light, by way of different techniques. One of these techniques is to use blissful orgasm but Mudras buddhism definition of sexual misconduct emission to withdraw the Mudras buddhism definition of sexual misconduct levels of consciousness, thereby manifesting the most subtle level of mind.
This very powerful and subtle mind is then used to realize the emptiness of inherent existence, thereby enhancing the power of the path consciousness realizing emptiness so that it is more effective in overcoming the obstructions to liberation and the obstructions to omniscience.
This is how desire for sexual union is used in the path in Highest Yoga Tantra; in this tantra set, the usage of desire in the path is explicitly for the sake of enhancing the wisdom consciousness realizing emptiness by way of actually generating subtler and thus more powerful consciousnesses that realize it.
The difficulty of using an orgasmic blissful consciousness to realize anything indicates that it would take a person of great psychological development and capacity to be able to utilize such a subtle state in the path. It also indicates how, without the contextualization of how and why sexual union is used on the path, the practice could be mis-used or misinterpreted. In the final stages of the path of the highest class of tantra, the advanced yoga methods for drawing the energy-winds into the central channel do entail a man and woman sitting in a posture of union.
Far from being exploitative, however, both partners are required to have reached the same advanced level of spiritual development. This includes both having reached the level of control of their subtle energies and their minds so that even though the bottom tips of their central channels touch, both avoid orgasmic release. Sitting in such a yogic posture while engaging in complex visualizations and meditating on voidness is only done to enhance the practice on the most advanced levels.
It is not done as the main practice or engaged in regularly, and is certainly not a practice for earlier stages of the path. Relying on a Sealing Partner In order to make primordial simultaneously arising clear light mind fully and completely manifest, we must totally stop or cease all coarser levels of energy-wind and mind.
Begin typing your search above and press return to search. Press Esc to cancel. Post was not sent - check your email addresses! Sorry, your blog cannot share posts by email. These things are not sexual misconduct according to the Buddha's definition (as outlined by u/KimUn).