What distinguishes Tantra?

What distinguishes Tantra?

Many who believe that Tantra is mainly about sex found justification for their belief in the publication of a book called Kiss of the Yogini: "Tantric Sex" in its South Asian Contexts. This short post, drawn from my PhD dissertation, seeks to show how deeply problematic that book is, and offers a three-point definition of what distinguishes Tantra from other forms of Asian spirituality. 

Near Enemy #1: Everything Happens for a Reason

Near Enemy #1: Everything Happens for a Reason

Kicking off the Near Enemies to the Truth series, this post explains why 'everything happens for a reason' is a near enemy, what the deeper teaching behind it is, and why it matters.  
Bonus: explanation of the role of facts, truth, and inquiry in the spiritual life. 

Embodied Liberation: the goal of Tantrik Yoga

Embodied Liberation: the goal of Tantrik Yoga

This extraordinary sutra teaches the goal of Tantrik Yoga—and of every nondual path—here called jīvanmukti or 'embodied liberation', and offers a beautiful definition of that goal: "jīvanmukti is defined as the natural freedom that arises for one who has recognized her own essence-nature when the entire mass of bondage melts away yet she continues to care for the prāṇas of the body."