The Tantric Path of Great Remembering

The Tantric Path

Tantra – The Natural Path of Great Remembering

The Tantric path does not deny anything but transforms it. It’s a radical view that I call the “Rainbow Vision.” or “The Way of Oneness” whereby your whole life becomes a magical journey of discovery.

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The Way of Oneness

We’re all looking for a path that’s not opposed to everyday life.

We’re people of the world so our “practice” must fit into this reality.

We seek a way that does not disregard our humanness and does not point to an unassailable mountaintop on high.

We seek something immediate, tangible and real.

This is the Way of Oneness.

The Master’s throughout the ages have been trying to tell us something.

And that something is that there’s a huge untapped potential living inside of us and we don’t even know it.

Yeshua showed us our own magnificence. Risking his life in the process because he loved us so much. Each and every step of the way he continually reminded us that we are one with source.

The Buddha showed us that there was a way to end our suffering and then taught us how to achieve it all the way up until the moment he died.

Shiva also let us know that our true essence is limitless, causeless and deathless. And that at out core there is a radiant luminosity, fullness and bliss that is our very essence. That all of this world is just the free play of mind, the effulgence of consciousness.

Life is the great expression of Consciousness.

Each and every one of us is an expression of this Consciousness.

We are bound in Oneness in a sea of Consciousness.

Everything vibrates and radiates Consciousness.

The body, your body is the greatest teacher there is. It is the temple of Oneness.

The Way of Oneness is a path, a way of remembering what you already know. A way of coming back to yourself.

The first few threads of my soon to be released book entitled, “The Consciousness Sutras: the Great Remembering of Radiant Bliss” sums this up…

The Consciousness Sutras: the Great Remembering of Radiant Bliss

And my beloved with a soft whisper said these words to me…

Universal Consciousness – that’s what you are.

Wake up, my dear. Wake up. Don’t you remember that this is a game?

All this is consciousness. All that you see, hear, smell, touch and taste is consciousness. All reality is shimmering, radiant, joyful consciousness. And all of this is just the free play of mind.

The true essence of who you are, my beloved, is consciousness. That is your true self. Your natural essence. Your first face.

You can feel it. You know it.

Deep within you, in the deepest, fullest, most blissful and peaceful essence of yourself, you know this Self. It is timeless, vast and beyond words. And when you gaze upon all of existence, you are looking upon yourself.

This blissful, radiant consciousness is the reality of everything and is the truth of who you are.

You are that.

But you have forgotten, my beloved. You have been lost in the game we created for each other.

And in this forgetting, you have suffered. You have wandered. You have believed that you were alone and separate.

But remember, my dear, remember. All that you are is all that is. And all that is is pure consciousness. And pure consciousness is you.

This world with all its wonders and worries is a beautiful catastrophe. This marvel of magnificence, this world of woe, this burden of bliss that we created to explore and play and dance and cry has made you forget who you are.

And who you are my beloved is consciousness.

Awaken. Awaken. Awaken.

The Way of Oneness exists beyond the realms of religious dogma, belief systems, and moral precepts, it is therefore a supreme form of lay asceticism, entirely suited to the reality of everyday life. It is a life embracing way of seeing the world and is perfect for the householder way of life.

Practitioners can integrate their daily lives into their spiritual growth, seeking to realize the divine which is transcendent and immanent.

The Way of Oneness offers us a vision of reality as a self-expression of a single, free and blissful divine consciousness.

The Way of Oneness path is a non-dualistic path.

The Great Remembering

We live, move and have our being in a great sea of consciousness. The Way of Oneness path is one whereby we spontaneously recognize our divine essence and while at the same time recognize the divine nature of all of existence.

If for whatever reason why cannot immediately realize this natural state the Way of Oneness offers a myriad of practices for the practitioner to do so, knowing well that there can be no causal connection between practice and wisdom of Awakening. But the obstacles to wisdom are deeply affected by practice.

I was initially initiated into the Tantric path by the Dalai Lama and since then I have explored the various aspects of the spiritual path via the guidance of Lama Sonam Gyatso, Lama Ole Nydahl and my clear light Guru Padmasambhava. Other teachers that I’m indebted to are Kulananda, Urgyen Sangharakshita and Khenpo Tsultrim Gyamtso Rinpoche.

The Tantric path exists beyond the realms of religious dogma, belief systems, and moral precepts, it is therefore a supreme form of lay asceticism, entirely suited to the reality of everyday life. It is a life embracing way of seeing the world and is perfect for the householder way of life.

Practitioners can integrate their daily lives into their spiritual growth, seeking to realize the divine which is transcendent and immanent.

Tantra offers us a vision of reality as a self-expression of a single, free and blissful divine consciousness.

The Tantric path has been passed down via numerous lineages, some of which originated in the Indus valley five or six thousand years ago. Tantra is a non-dualistic path which reached its height between the seventh and the thirteenth centuries, in the Kingdom of Oddyana , in neighbouring Kashmir, and in Assam, at the opposite end of the Himalayan chain. In the eighth century, Padmasambhava, who came from Oddyana, introduced Tantra to Tibet, at the same time as it was spreading throughout India, Nepal, China, Japan and Indonesia.

The 5 Stages of the Way of Oneness

These five stages are set up in three major parts.

This is a general framework to help you come to know, realize and actualize the awakened state.

The three sections are:

1) Sīla (meaningful behaviours/skillful thoughts, words and actions or this can be termed as a foundation in being a good person. In the five stages this is stage 1)

We take on the precepts, maybe even the Bodhisattva promise and begin to work with and contemplate the four thoughts which turn the mind. We also begin to work with the Four Foundational Precepts, the Nine Elements of Awakening and develop the heartfelt wish to become a Universal Blessing to all sentient beings.

At this stage we are inspired by the great masters that show us our potential. We know that there’s something more to us and life itself. And we dip our toes into the four noble truths and the eightfold path.

Stages one and two are also characterized by healing. So we’ll probably start taking better care of ourselves and begin to focus more on our health.

During this phase we’ll also begin looking in the 7 chakras and how we’re showing up in our own lives and the patterns we keep bumping up against. This stage is also characterized with a deep desire to free ourselves and others from suffering and we begin to turn ourselves away from the things that give us limited happiness in favour of true and authentic happiness.

2) Samādhi (meditative absorption and concentration. This is stage 2. Here we start in on the techniques of meditation. In particular the 9 stages of shamatha and the four fold mindfulness training. We employ awareness as best we can all throughout the day.

3) Pañña or Prajna (understanding or wisdom). Stages 3 – 5. Now that we’ve done some healing, established skilfulness in our lives and have a solid grounding in meditation we move onto deepening our wisdom into the nature of ourselves and reality itself (Vipassana and Emptiness Teachings)

Stage 1: Radiant Life

Teachings
* Entering the way of oneness: The Two Gates
* The Four Noble Truths
* The Eightfold Path
* The Bodhisattva Promise (Bodhicitta)
* The Four Foundational Precepts
* The Nine Elements of Awakening
* The Four Thoughts Which Turn the Mind
* The 7 Chakras
* Overcoming the 5 Hinderances

Meditative Practices
* Loving Kindness
* Tong Len (and the Four Noble Truths) By examining the awareness of ones own suffering One develops a desire to completely free All sentient beings from suffering

Health Related
* The 5 Daily Health Habits

Additional Practices and Teachings
* Vajrasattva Mantra
* The Three Types of Dharma Practitioners
* Meditations on Impermanence
– The Changing of the Seasons
– The Day Into Night
– Whatever You Have Gained (Wealth) Will Be Lost
– Friends Coming Together Will Be Separated
– Life: Birth Leads to Death
* Meditations on the Faults of Samsara
* Meditations on Cause & Effect

Stage 2: Radiant Mind

* The 9 Stages of Samatha (calm abiding)
* The Fourfold Mindfulnesses
* The Four Meditative Postures: Walking. Standing. Sitting. Lying Down.
* Awareness of Body, Feelings, Mind and Mind-Objects
* Real World Immersive Mindfulness Practices
* The 8 Dyhanas
* The Nine False-Positives

Stage 3: Radiant Wisdom
* Inter-Being
* The Nine Progressive Stages of Emptiness

Stage 4: Radiant Vision
* This is where the above three stages begin to harmonize and stabilize (Meaningful Behaviour/Samadhi/Wisdom) We have truly begun to actualize and realize the four noble truths and eightfold path

Stage 5: Radiant Oneness
* This is where you have crossed over

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