Modern Tantric Buddhism

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    Modern Tantric Buddhism

    Embodiment and Authenticity in Dharma Practice

    Author: Justin von Bujdoss

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    A guide for practitioners, dharma teachers, chaplains and clergy who want to understand and apply Vajrayana (tantric) Buddhism in the context of contemporary life

    Western Buddhists are faced with the unique challenge of comprehending Vajrayana (tantric) teachings and incorporating them into their daily lives. Tantra originated in 7th century India before migrating to Tibet, Mongolia, Nepal, Bhutan, China, and Indonesia, ultimately landing in the West in the early 20th century. Today, a new generation of Buddhists are searching for ways to adopt this esoteric practice while staying true to its historical legacy. Modern Tantric Buddhism is the first book of its kind to unpack the principles and practices of the Vajrayana in a manner that is accessible and meaningful. Lama Justin von Bujdoss challenges our assumptions about what it means to be a socially engaged Buddhist. Taking a traditional Tibetan pedagogical approach, he divides the book into three thematic sections: Body (as it applies to physicality and embodiment), Speech (ethical action), and Mind (contexts of awakening). Tantra is an ideal vehicle for critically examining today’s most pressing social issues, while also confronting the inherent shortcomings within Buddhism itself, such as patriarchy, sexism, colonialism, and racism. By planting the seeds for a contemporary Vajrayana, Westerners can deepen their relationship to this uniquely authentic and embodied practice. Appropriate for all levels of practitioner, the book is an invaluable guide for clergy and caregivers who wish to access the wisdom of the tantric Buddhist tradition as means to bolster their work.


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    About the Author

    Justin von Bujdoss is an American Buddhist teacher and chaplain. He was ordained as a repa in the Karma Kamstang tradition of Tibetan Buddhism by His Eminence Goshir Gyaltsab Rinpoche in 2011 and given the name Repa Dorje Odzer. Justin is passionate about the preservation of the tantric Buddhist tradition in a way that meets the needs of, and simultaneously challenges, the modern western way of life. From 2012 until 2017 Justin served as the resident-lama and executive director of New York Tsurphu Goshir Dharma Center and is presently the first dedicated Staff Chaplain for the New York City Department of Correction. In March 2018 Justin was appointed Executive Director of the Division of Chaplaincy and Staff Wellness for New York City Department of Correction and leads all wellness initiatives for the agency.

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