Karmamudra-the reality, the myth

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Karmamudra-the reality, the myth

Postby Fa Dao » Fri Jun 17, 2011 4:39 pm

Many posts seem to be bleeding over into this subject with a lot of people totally freaking out about it. So I thought why doesn't someone who actually knows about this subject lay out what Karmamudra is and isn't? The process, practice, and purpose of it. Of course I am not asking anyone to break samaya or anything but perhaps if people actually understood it better there would be less dissension, freaking out, slander, etc etc
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Re: Karmamudra-the reality, the myth

Postby Malcolm » Fri Jun 17, 2011 4:46 pm

Fa Dao wrote:Many posts seem to be bleeding over into this subject with a lot of people totally freaking out about it. So I thought why doesn't someone who actually knows about this subject lay out what Karmamudra is and isn't? The process, practice, and purpose of it. Of course I am not asking anyone to break samaya or anything but perhaps if people actually understood it better there would be less dissension, freaking out, slander, etc etc



Those of us who actually know this practice, understand it, and can explain it cannot because we have samaya. And in any event, it does not help because it merely makes the emotionally immature more hysterical.

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Re: Karmamudra-the reality, the myth

Postby Astus » Fri Jun 17, 2011 5:02 pm

An interesting case of karmamudra:

There is another reason vetalas were so important. Sexual practice (“karmamudra”) was central in Indian Tantra. It was said to be the swiftest and surest Tantric method, for those capable of it. A difficulty was finding someone willing to do engage in it with you—since the early forms of karmamudra were considered utterly disgusting. The usual approach, for men, was to hire a low-caste prostitute. Not everyone was able to do this, due to lack of funds or other practical problems. If you were a monk, there were also tiresome issues of vinaya—the monastic vows, which prohibit sex with women.

An alternative was to raise a vetali (female vetala). At a certain point, an official ruling was made that for a monk to practice karmamudra with a vetali was not a violation of vinaya. This made the practice extremely popular. Or, at any rate, there was considerable demand for information on how to raise vetalis.

Authentic sexual practice necessarily benefits both parties. You wouldn’t know that from reading some of the male-oriented literature on the topic; but any attempt to “use” a prostitute, slave, or corpse for karmamudra, in a one-sided way, is entirely self-defeating. Clueful Tantrikas understand this, and practice accordingly. Vetalas and vetalis are often malevolent—like humans—but can be transformed by Tantric practice—just as we can. All sentient beings have Buddha-nature; the undead are no exception. Mainly due to karmamudra, it seems that there were many highly-realized vetalis in India at the time of the Mahasiddhas. No doubt some were famed as teachers as well as consorts.

In fact, at the dawn of Tantra, at least one vetali became fully enlightened in this way. She is Vajra Vetali, Queen of the Vampires, who attained Buddhahood as the consort of Yamantaka. Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche wrote a hair-raising invocation of her that is regularly practiced in his Shambhala centers: “You enjoy drinking the blood of ego . . . As night falls, you cut the aortas of the perverters of the teachings.”

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Re: Karmamudra-the reality, the myth

Postby Malcolm » Fri Jun 17, 2011 5:05 pm

Astus wrote:An interesting case of karmamudra:

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Chapman, in general, does not know what he is talking about. Please, out of respect for Tibetan Buddhism, let us cease discussing this issue once and for all.

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Re: Karmamudra-the reality, the myth

Postby Mr. G » Fri Jun 17, 2011 5:16 pm

Karmamudra is not something to be discussed openly, but with one's Guru. For Tibetan Buddhists, this is not just isolated to Karmamudra, but to all practices that require samaya....this is quite basic and not something practitioners should be reminded of.
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    grasping the letter of the text and ignoring its intention!
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