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Taking the Kalachakra Initiation [Paperback]

Alexander Berzin


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Book Description

Jan. 1 1997
Fully prepares the aspirant for what is required before, during, and after the initiation.

Product Details

  • Paperback: 150 pages
  • Publisher: Snow Lion Publications (Jan. 1 1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1559390840
  • ISBN-13: 978-1559390842
  • Product Dimensions: 1.5 x 15.1 x 22.4 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 322 g
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #2,446,746 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Traditionally, the secrets of tantric methods for attaining enlightenment were handed down from teacher to student in private ceremonies. An alternative tradition allows for mass empowerments, in which a teacher, such as the Dalai Lama, initiates scores, hundreds, even thousands of committed seekers into these esoteric methods that hasten one's enlightenment for the benefit of all. Alexander Berzin, who has studied for decades under Tibet's Kalachakra experts, including the Dalai Lama, has put together a handbook for those who have participated in, plan to participate in, or just have an interest in the Kalachakra initiation. He provides a background of the three-day ceremony, a summary of the texts from which it originates, and a detailed description of the vows and methods involved. Having served as a translator for the Kalachakra initiation and a lecturer during the procedures, Berzin anticipates the concerns of participants and explains in easy-to-understand language that takes the mystery out of the ceremony and brings it down to earth. --Brian Bruya

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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A practical guide Jan. 28 2002
By Geertrudis L. Harderwijk - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
Alex Berzin manages to convey the essence of the Kalachakra tantra, the vows and committments, and the initiation ceremony in day-to-day language, which makes the book absolutely essential for the serious first-time initiate. The book is also a valuable asset for everybody else interested in the Tibetan tantric tradition; it takes away some of 'magical myths'and misconceptions surrounding tantra. As a practical guide to the initiation, well this it IT.
This book also forms an excellent introduction to the excellent, but much more 'scholarly' and formal book 'Kalachakra Tantra, Rite of Initiation' by His Holiness the Dalai Lama and Jeffrey Hopkins.
13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A practical guide Feb. 3 2002
By Geertrudis L. Harderwijk - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
This book could have had the sub-title 'A practical guide to the Initiation'. Berzin manages to convey the essence of the Kalachakra tantra, the vows, committments, and the initiation ceremony in day-to-day language, which makes the book absolutely essential for the serious first-time initiate, and a 'must-have' for just about everybody else interested in the Kalachakra tantra. Also for people who do not intend to take the initiation, this book appears quite suitable to remove misconceptions about tantra and may well inspire some to take it.

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