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  • 1. The Gift of Tantric Sex from India Orlando Cooper Anthropology 39 Professor LaFont
  • 2. What is Tantra?
    • By definition:
      • "to manifest, to expand, to show and to weave"
      • With this mindset, sex is thought to “weave” the polarities of the male (represented by the Hindu god, Shiva), and female (embodied by the Hindu goddess, Shakti), into a harmonious whole.
      • Image: ( www.geocities.com/francoise_tantra / )
  • 3. In more general terms…
    • Tantra is the expansion of one’s consciousness
    • Followers and practitioners strive to take all their energies to an optimal level including sexual energy.
    • It is meant to concentrate on prolonging the act of making love.
    • It is also meant to utilize potent orgasmic energies more effectively ultimately using sexual pleasures as the ultimate peak of energy, youth and vitality.
  • 4. Where did Tantra come from?
    • Tantric practices originated in India more than 6,000 years ago.
    • Tantra emerged as a reaction to the popular belief that sexuality should be rejected in order to reach enlightenment.
    • Tantric beliefs suggested that sexual experiences and practices in fact could enhance one’s enlightenment.
  • 5. Continued…
    • Tantra principles holds sex as a sacred act that strives to achieve oneness with one’s mate.
    • This formed religion did not condone self-indulgence but rather patience, diligence, and discipline.
    • The experience is more of a spiritual fulfillment than a physical pleasure.
    • Image: ( www.sacredloving.net/TantricSexCoaching.html )
  • 6. The History Behind Tantra
    • Desiring to return to classical Mahayana universalism, the Tantric believers, stemming from Buddhism, sought a more freeing religious system that was more widely accessible and socially inclusive.
    • The new breed of Buddhists insisted that desire, passion, and ecstasy should be embraced on the religious path and embodied principles of universal acceptance.
    • Sexual intimacy became a leading energy and passion that contributed to major rituals and meditation practices.
  • 7. History cont…
    • This school of practice champions the fusion of two bodies and then minds which would ultimately lead to an enlightenment of the soul.
    • Historically, Tantra has branched out in much of Asia and the deep soulful meditation can be found in Taoism (China).
  • 8. First Kind of Sexual Energy
    • Tamasic Sex
      • This is very passive, uninvolved sex that greatly limits creativity and passion.
      • This involves sex for the sake of sex.
      • During Tamasic sex an orgasm is rarely if at all a component of this activity.
      • Image: (www.newagecities.com/.../graphx/sex.gif)
  • 9. Second Kind of Sexual Energy
    • Rajasic Sex
      • This type of sexual energy is defined as hot, passionate, thrilling, romantic, and exciting sex.
      • As it has the qualities of fire, it is symbolized by red.
      • In this sexual energy, fantasies, erotica and the pursuit of an orgasm are the main components of this pleasure-focused sex.
      • Rajasic sex often leads to frustration and unsatisfying feelings unless sattvic consciousness is introduced as the relationship between partners grows.
      • Image: ( www.cosmicchile.com/xdpy/kb/sex-and-chiles.html )
  • 10. Third and Last Kind of Sexual Energy
    • Sattvic sex
      • This is the energy also known as Tantric or sacred sexuality path.
      • As mentioned, this experience encompasses beautiful, meditative, healing, serene, flowing, peaceful, heart-felt, profound, blissful, harmonizing, mystical, spiritually beneficial qualities .
      • Sattvic sex is symbolized by the brilliance of the rising sun which, when it reaches its zenith, radiates a dazzling white brightness that burns away the ego and allows room for unquestionable passion and honesty.
      • Image: ( kundaliniyoga.homestead.com/tantra.html )
  • 11. Three types of Tantric Sex
    • White Tantra never ejaculates nor reaches orgasm in order to awaken consciousness in the absence of desire.
    • Gray Tantra elongates the sexual act, and sometimes concludes with orgasm/ejaculation, but without any longing towards awakening consciousness.
    • Black Tantra always concludes with orgasm/ejaculation in order to awaken consciousness into desire.
    • In Buddhist Tantra the ultimate goal of the sexual practice is to use the sexual energy towards achieving full enlightenment, rather than the simple ordinary pleasure of ejaculation.
  • 12. The Four Principles of Tantra
    • Be totally present
      • Being completely committed to the moment is essential to maintain concentration.
    • Open your heart
      • Once you are totally present and concentrated, you then allow your heart to open to the other person.
    • Dissolve the Ego
      • When the limited concept you have of yourself (your ego) dedicates itself to the expanded self (your divine nature); then, your mind sinks into the heart.
    • Merge with the Divine
      • When two beings are connected at the body, mind, heart and soul all at the same place at the same time that is Tantra.
    • “ One of the paradoxes of Tantra is that it's all about technique, and eventually, it's about no technique. Sex is just the beginning, not the end. However, if you miss the beginning, you will miss the end as well.” (http://www.oztantra.com.au/wellbeing.html)
  • 13. Who is involved in Tantric Sex?
    • Tantric sexuality does not discriminate against anyone.
    • It does not prescribe that a particular pair unite whether male and female, female and female, or male and male.
    • As long as the experience is meditative and deep-rooted everything is acceptable and appreciated.
    • In addition, Tantric sex does not discriminate on the basis of age or socioeconomic status.
    • Both young and old couples alike are encouraged to take part in the practice in effort to maintain a healthier and more fulfilling lifestyle.
    • Image: ( www.polybi.com/ )
  • 14. Who does it benefit?
    • Both partners benefit in this experience of enlightenment equally and as passionately as the other.
    • Both partners are required to be equally involved in the experience in order to reach a full satisfaction.
    • The practice of Tantra will benefit the couple and help their relationship grow stronger and more fulfilling with time and devotion.
  • 15. Why practice Tantra?
    • Tantra focuses on the heightened practice of sexual energy to fulfill one’s satisfaction with oneself and in a relationship.
    • It may being an enhanced understanding between partners.
    • Sexual energy promotes a healthier lifestyle that increases awareness and content.
    • Image: ( www.tantraworks.com/abouttw.html )
  • 16. Religious Correlation
    • Tantra became a religion with followers and stemmed from both Buddhism and Hinduism and can be found in Taoism with a main focus on fulfillment and meditation.
    • Although it is no longer recognized as a religion, many still follow its beliefs especially in Northern regions in India.
    • The sexual intercourse is not a main part of this practice but rather the use of the sexual energy between two persons that makes this experience sacred and revered.
  • 17. Political Ties
    • In the earlier days of Tantra, many elites embraced its principles.
    • Noted followers were the noble Hindu Rajput princes.
    • Image: ( www.around-the-world.com/pushkar98.htm )
  • 18. Tantra Today
    • Today Tantra is being recognized more and more in the US and other Western countries although our Eastern counterparts have been practicing Tantra for centuries.
    • In the West however, generally Tantra is seen more as a sexual fulfillment and new level of intimacy than a meditation and a search for enlightenment.
    • Image: ( www.oztantra.com.au/wellbeing.html )
  • 19. What can be taken from this..
    • Tantra is a revered set of principles and beliefs in India. It is a meditative and sacred practice that is revered and treasured in India as a journey to enlightenment. It is important however to note the different perspectives and takes that people receive this practice. While some more devoted followers might take this as a more serious practice, others may take from it basic principles that will lead them to a better and more fulfilling sexual experience. Either way, Tantra is meant to heighten desire and passion between partners to reach a new sense of ecstasy in their love making. It is when one forgets who they are and what they are thinking during this experience that one can begin to experience Tantra and reach new heights in their relationships.
  • 20. Works Cited
    • "Exploring Tantra." Oztantra . 30 May 2007 http://www.oztantra.com.au/wellbeing.html
    • Painter, Amy. "Tantric Sex Techniques to Reinvigorate Lovemaking." Discovery . The Discovery Channel. 25 May 2007 http://health.discovery.com/centers/sex/tantric/tantricsex.html
    • Woodroffe, John. "Tantra." Haryana Online . 25 May 2007 http://www.haryana-online.com/Culture/tantra.htm
    • "What is Tantra?" Tantra . 25 May 2007 http://www.tantra.com/mission.html
    • Sangharakshita. "Hidden Secrets of Tantric Sex." FWO . Friends of the Western Buddhist Order. 25 May 2007 http://fwbo.org/articles/tantric_sex.html
    • Daffner, Diana. "Three Types of Sex: a Tantra Viewpoint." New Age Cities . 25 May 2007 http://www.newagecities.com/neighborhoods/neighborhood_content.asp?Art=160