Preliminaries for Sutra & Tantra: Tantric Deities – the Symbolism


Thu, 5 October, 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.

 Topic this week: Tantric Deities – the Symbolism.
Tantric deity images are sometimes peaceful and sometimes wrathful; some are in solitary pose whilst others are in the posture of deities in union. All tantric images – every aspect of them – from the image of the deities themselves, to the implements they carry and the ornaments they wear, are pure symbolism. They have nothing to do with ordinary form and samsaric actions.

Geshe Tenzin Zopa-la continues these rare teachings on the tantric path with a commentary on how practitioners can utilise the symbolism of deities to transform our minds to manifest pure Buddha nature, thus eliminating our ordinary perceptions. This clear light nature is capable of pure, divine view and actions. The moment we are able to do away with ordinary appearance to reach into our luminous nature that itself is the state of enlightenment.


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 although the two Thursday series of teachings are separate and you can attend either or both, a light lunch is available by donation in between.