Preliminaries for Sutra & Tantra: The 4 Categories of Buddhist Tantra


Thu, 28 September, 2017
1:30 pm - 3:00 pm


For practitioners with a solid foundation in the central tenets of Buddhism, tantra is a method to quickly and efficiently attain the state where they can be of maximum benefit to all beings – Buddhahood. Tantra is an advanced Mahayana practice for attaining enlightenment. It is practiced on the basis of a firm foundation in all the sutra practices, as included in the lam-rim graded path teachings. Click here for a digital copy of the text.

The 4 categories of Buddhist Tantra.
In Buddhist Tantra there are four categories, corresponding to the practitioner’s ability – Action/Kriya Tantra, Performance Tantra, Yoga Tantra, and Highest Yoga Tantra. The consistent and pure practice of any of these four types of tantra can bring about enlightenment. Highest Yoga Tantra is the swiftest method for reaching enlightenment

In this teaching Geshe Tenzin Zopa-la describes the transformational meditation practice called ‘the three kayas’ – transforming ordinary death into the Buddha’s Wisdom truth Body (the dharmakaya); transforming the intermediate state into the Enjoyment Body (the sambogakaya) and transforming rebirth into the Emanation Body (the nirmanakaya, the form visible to all sentient beings and the form that Shakyamuni Buddha took when he dwelt in this world).


Teacher: Geshe Tenzin Zopa is a very highly qualified teacher who teaches in English, transmitting the wisdom of Buddhism in an unmistaken and practical manner to a 21st century audience. For more information, see here.

Cost: General $15 / Member $13.50.
Please note that lunch is not provided on Thursdays. However, you are most welcome to bring your own, enjoy it in house or garden and help yourself to tea and coffee.