Traditional Tantra is an ancient spiritual practice which originated in India several thousand years ago.
According to the oral instruction we have received from our Tibetan Buddhist Lama, Tantra is best understood as a form of yogic practice, which includes sexual and non-sexual teachings designed to transform human consciousness, remove the veils of ignorance, and realize ‘enlightenment’.
Traditional Buddhist Tantra began with the Buddha Shakyamuni nearly 2,600 years ago. These teachings spread throughout South East Asia, China, and Tibet.
The word ‘Tantra” literally means “to weave”. Specifically, in the Vajrayana tradition, it means ‘to weave light and sound with form.’
In this definition of the word ‘Tantra’, the physical body represents form, light represents specific visualizations, and sound is represented by chanting mantric syllables.
The process of weaving light and sound with form gives rise to a profound transformation of human consciousness, and ultimately, the full realization of enlightenment – which simply means ‘freedom from suffering’.
According to the training we have received, this “weaving of light and sound with form” is a defining principle of authentic tantric practice in the Vajrayana Buddhist Tradition.
These ‘weaving’ practices are done at first non-sexually in order to build an understanding and relationship to the practice.
They can then be applied to sexual experiences in order to consciously utilize the powerful energies generated during sexual pleasure. These energies are then directed to healing and enriching body, mind, and spirit.
In the Western world today, the word ‘Tantra’ is used to describe anything from a meditation class to an erotic massage, and yet the underlying theme in all forms of modern and traditional tantra practice is the cultivation of a freer, more balanced, more realized state of consciousness.
According to our Tibetan Buddhist Teacher, Tantra is not a religion; it is a holistic lifestyle practice for integrating body, mind, spirit, and sex so that you can experience more happiness, more peace, more joy, more connection, and more love in every area of your life.
In the words of our Lama, “Your tantra practice should be improving the quality of your everyday life in order to be effective”. ~ IATE
Authentic Tantra ® methods are rooted in the Tibetan 5-Element Tantric Teachings, which are ancient shamanistic techniques from the Tibetan and Bon traditions, designed to balance, enrich, and heal the physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual body- from the inside out.
These teachings were transmitted to our Lama (Lama Tashi Dundrup) by Kalu Rinpoche (1905 – May 10, 1989) over 40 years ago. The Tibetan Five Element Teachings are part of the Shangpa Kagyu Lineage of Tibetan Buddhist Tantra. They have been passed down from Teacher to student as part of an oral tradition dating back over 1,200 years.
The Shangpa Kagyu lineage is said to have been founded by two women- Sukhasiddhi and Niguma. These powerful women are said to have achieved full realization of enlightenment and passed their teachings down through oral (verbal) instruction and at times initiated their disciples through Tantric sexual union practices.
The Shangpa Kagyu lineage is referred to as “the practice lineage” because this tradition emphasizes the realization of consciousness which occurs through the actual practice of Tantra yoga methods, as opposed to reading and debating the scholarly works of the tradition.
With permission and blessings from our Lama, these traditional Tibetan 5 Element Tantric Teachings have been woven into a holistic set of sexual and non-sexual methods to create a powerful and effective modality for healing and life transformation.
This modality is referred to as “Authentic Tantra®” because the methods and orientation to practice are rooted in Tibetan Buddhist teachings on how to heal with the five elements and Vajrayana tantric practices. In this tradition, Tantra is understood to be a “path of healing and transformation”, and according to our Teacher, authentic tantric teachings should result in better health and wellness of body, mind, and spirit, in order to be useful and effective.
In the Authentic Tantra® modality, the Tibetan Five Element Teachings have been woven with contemporary cutting-edge knowledge about sexuality, trauma, and holistic healing in order to create effective methods for addressing the root causes of illness and suffering in our modern world.
Authentic Tantra® methods are based upon what we refer to as “The 4 pillars of Authentic Tantra®”.
The methods you will discover can catalyze profound healing and transformation in the areas of sexuality, spirituality, and personal growth. Authentic Tantra ® methods are rooted in the Tibetan Five Element Tantric Teachings.
"Certified Authentic Tantra® Practitioners have completed 100 - 500+ hours of academic training, study, and/or practice in the field of Sexology and qualify to be ACS Certified Sexuality Educators.
These Authentic Tantra® Practitioners are qualified and licensed by IATE to teach the modality of Authentic Tantra® and have signed and adhere to the Authentic Tantra® Code of Ethics in their work with clients." ~ Institute of Authentic Tantra Education"
“The Vajrayana tradition teaches that every orgasm is a glimpse of enlightenment. At the peak of pleasure, the moving pranas in the genitals brush the central channel and we get a glimpse of enlightenment. This means that the human energy body is WIRED so that sexual pleasure is one of the fastest most direct paths to experiencing enlightened consciousness. Unfortunately for most people, the experience of orgasm is merely a glimpse, and they don’t have access to methods or tools for a) recognizing that glimpse of pure bliss awareness that presents itself b) extending that peak for more than a few seconds or c) weaving that state of consciousness into daily activity.
Enter the Tibetan Five Element Sexual Yogas. The T5T's are authentic, lineage based teachings on how to harness human sexual energy, direct it up and through the central channel, circulating it throughout the energy body while enriching and energizing all the the chakras, nadis, and channels. Essentially you are using the potent energy of your sexual pleasure to enrich your ENTIRE energy body! What do you think this would do?
Here’s what is taught - This process of harnessing your sexual energy in this way catalyzes the healing of deep blocks and knots in the channels, thereby profoundly accelerating your path of realization. The result of fewer blocks and knots in the channels is better physical, mental, emotional and spiritual health. Additionally, the non-sexual five element meditations cultivate your ability to relax and be present in all areas of life, particularly the high state of orgasmic bliss, as well as working on enriching and balancing your subtle energy body to prepare it for the movement of sexual energy through the channels. The process I just described above is authentic tantric sexual yoga practice. WE TEACH THESE METHODS. Your sexual energy is the MOST potent energy on this planet. Your sexual energy has the potential to CREATE LIFE. That is an unfathomable amount of energy that you have never been taught how to access. Understanding how to use that energy for your own healing and spiritual growth IS YOUR BIRTHRIGHT.” ~ The Institute of Authentic Tantra Education
Illustration by The Institute of Authentic Tantra Education
Lama Tashi Dundrup talks about sexual shamanism in the Tantric tradition!
"Working with Alana has been a wonderful gift and has helped me learn some beautiful fundamental practices to mindfully bring the sacred into my sexual experiences. Her grounded beauty and charm will leave you feeling at ease the moment you meet her. She has helped me open to the pleasures of my life and heart. I am grateful for her presence and guidance." ~ Christopher B.