Preparing for Tantra: Creating the Psychological Ground for Practice

The following article is from the Summer, 2011 issue of the Snow Lion Newsletter and is for historical reference only. You can see this in context of the original newsletter here.


It is now very common for people in the West to receive empowerments into extraordinary and complex tantric practices. However, to embark upon them without having first prepared the ground may have a number of negative consequences. Our psychological and energetic maturity simply may not have been developed sufficiently to bring out the real potential of the practice.

In Preparing for Tantra, Rob Preece draws on his experience as a Tantric Buddhist practitioner, meditation teacher, and psychotherapist to show how to make the preliminary practices psychologically meaningful and spiritually transformative. These preliminaries are an extraordinarily rich collection of practices, and he examines them with an eye to revealing how they may be used to heal and transform psychological trauma, offering practical suggestions for integrating them into one's daily life.

ROB PREECE has been practicing Tibetan Buddhism since 1973 and psychotherapy since 1988. He leads meditation retreats and gives workshops on comparative Jungian and Buddhist psychology. Author of The Courage to Feel, The Psychology of Buddhist Tantra, and The Wisdom of Imperfection, he lives in London.

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