Vision, Visualization, and Vajrayana
Host Michael Taft speaks with Dorje Lopön Chandra Easton about her recent work with the 21 manifestations of the Goddess Tara, some aspects of Green Tara, and especially the role of vision and visualization in Vajrayana, and Buddhism more generally. Beginning with the somewhat negative role of the eyes in early Buddhist practice, moving through the Mahayana sutras talking about “enlightened eyes,” and the “Eye of the Buddha,” and culminating with the rainbow light practices of Vajrayana and Dzogchen. Topics include: Nagarjuna’s vision metaphor of emptiness, the esoteric subtle channel from the heart to the eyes, meditation on kasinas, and much more.
Vajrayana and Deity Yoga
Buddhist Teacher and author Lopön Chandra Easton talks with Michael Taft about Vajrayana, her own pilgrimage and experiences in India, the struggle to bring motherhood, sexuality, the feminine, and the female voice into spiritual life, the power of yidam or deity yoga, how Westerners relate to deity yoga, and a look into the practice of the 21 Taras.
Feminism, Sexual Misconduct, and the Guru in Buddhism: An Interview
Chandra Easton and Michael Taft talk about gender and sexual misconduct in Buddhism, why compassion must be a part of spiritual practice, and the place of the guru in modern culture. Chandra shares her personal story of dealing with sexual misconduct at the hands of her teacher, tantric practices as a technology for awakening, internalized patriarchy, and how love and kindness is the whole point of spiritual practice. Also included are guidelines for choosing a teacher, reimagining Tantric practices in non-binary ways, and much more.
Vajrayana Training and Feeding Your Demons
Lopön Chandra Easton is a Westerner who grew up in the Vajrayana Buddhist tradition. Listen to this podcast to learn more about her training and approach to teaching Dharma in the west.