A Brief History of Tantra
In today’s fast-paced world, Ashira Tantra invites you to slow down. We offer a quiet, reflective and sensate haven for those on a journey of self-discovery. We’ll help you connect to your authentic self through experiences that lead you to your innate power, beauty and grace —through the ancient practice of Tantra.
Tantra emerged in India between 300 and 400 CE, when the first Hindu and Buddhist Tantric texts were written down as poetic metaphors pointing to oneness and Divine love. These initial writings were purposely obscure so that only initiates could understand them. Before that time, Tantric teachings were closely guarded and transmitted orally from master to disciple only after long periods of preparation and purification.
Tantra reached its peak in the 11th and 12th centuries, when it was practiced widely and openly in India. It refuted the notion that true liberation could only be attained only through rigorous self-disciple and by renunciation of the world. Rather, Tantra claims that human suffering arises from the mistaken notion of separation. It advocates the celebration of the sensual and through so doing transcendence of the physical.
Whereas Hinduism had many rules and laws, including strict divisions of caste, Tantra was totally non-denominational and could be practiced by anyone, even within daily life.
With the invasion of India in the 13th century came widespread slaughter of Tantrics and destruction of their manuscripts. Tantra went underground, where it has predominantly remained since. Tantric Buddhism was notably preserved in the monasteries of Tibet. After the Chinese invasion of Tibet, when monks and nuns were murdered and manuscripts destroyed, those who escaped have found ways to carefully disseminate this knowledge more widely. Today, Tantric workshops are growing in popularity and can be found nationwide.
Tantric paths are typically divided into two sectors: those where the individual practitioner works with his/her own sexual energy, mostly internally, are called “right-handed” paths or “white Tantra;” Then there are Tantric approaches that do involve direct sexual contact between love partners, and these are called “left-handed” Tantra or “red Tantra.”
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