quote by Ken Wilber

The integral sage, the nondual sage, is here to show us otherwise. Known generally as "Tantric," these sages insist on transcending life by living it. They insist on finding release by engagement, finding nirvana in the midst of samsara, finding total liberation by complete immersion.

— Ken Wilber

Most Powerful Tantric quotations

The Tantric way is open to all the richness of human nature, which it accepts without a single restriction. It is probably the only spiritual path that excludes nothing and no one, and, in this way, it corresponds to the deep aspirations of men and women today.

In certain tantric rituals the candidate is first beaten by his guru, hashish forced down him, and he is taken at midnight to a dark cemetery for sacred sexual intercourse. Thus he achieves union with his god.

I was invited by a publisher to write the text for Tantra.

[1] Having done some research, what fascinated me was the evidence that many 'tantric' ideas actually came to India from the Mediterranean. It is rather a dry read and debunks reports of orgies and sexual mischief – sorry to disappoint.

A lot of the parallel processing software we're currently developing for supercomputers is tantric.

I'm working on something a little different.

It's a technique I call, 'tantric abstinence.' Now, the way this works is I meet a woman, I charm the heck out of her, and then right as she's considering sleeping with me, I say something so awkward that she leaves and I have to start over again with another woman entirely.

There's nothing tantric about my particular view on life.

The basic Buddhist stand on the question of equality between the genders is age-old. At the highest tantric levels, at the highest esoteric level, you must respect women: every woman.

I think that what we need is a balance between men and women.

I don't believe in the value of the matriarchy as a model for human organizations any more than I believe in the value of patriarchy as a successful model. I think that what we need is a balance of male and female, the yin and the yang, the tantric union of god and goddess, enlightenment of the individual.

Sex, creativity, music, art, family, love, beauty, and creative imagination are all part of the spiritual path in the tantric traditions. So I think that for today that has a lot to say to us about not dividing ourselves from ourselves.

Really, whatever I was seeking and looking into in those days like creative arts, chant, the muse being in touch with the muse for poetry and writing and music. It's all part of the spirit and if we look particularly at Hinduism and Buddhism, the tantric stream of those traditions totally embraces all aspects of human life and life on this world.

The zombie sex, I have no idea. It must be like tantric sex.

In Tantric Zen it doesn't matter but it does ... .

In Tantric Zen, career, relationships, the type of insurance you have - all things are part of your evolution, your awareness, your experience of the suchness of existence.

Tantric Zen is for someone who is really broad-minded.

It is Bodhidharma's Zen, your Zen, my Zen. Which doesn't mean I have a problem with Japanese Zen. Most Japanese Zen is minding your p's and q's.

Tantric Zen, and the people who practice it, of course, make some people feel extremely uncomfortable.

Tantric Zen is not being kinky; nor is it being conservative and austere. It is eclectic. It is a real mixture of all things.

Tantric Zen is more suited for this age that we live in.

It give you rules, but in a gentle way. It's not as demanding.

Tantric Zen is for the individual who is in love with both the finite and the infinite, who gets a kick out of this weird transitory world and at the same time, wants to step beyond it.

Your immediate experience is Tantric Zen.

How aware are you of your immediate experience? - Probably not that aware.

Tantric Zen, at first, does not appear to have a method.

In Tantric Zen, you could meditate on a Brillo box or you could meditate on the clear light of reality.

Tantric Zen is the awareness of the infinitude of all things.

To gain that awareness, to be it, is enlightenment.

Tantric Zen is all about the practice of zazen meditation.

If you meditate well, you'll be in very powerful states of mind and then it really doesn't matter what you do.

Tantric Zen is a state of mind

Tantric Zen is the original Zen, Zen without rules, Zen without form.

Zen can certainly take rules and form. So Tantric Zen might have some rules and form, but it would remain formless even though it had rules and form.

It is necessary to have a very liberal and simultaneously very conservative mentality to practice Tantric Zen.

There's a place where everything comes together and where it's all the same.

That state of mind, in which all things are the same, is the state of mind of Tantric Zen.

Tantric Zen is the exploration of everything, since everything is a part of enlightenment.

In Tantric Zen there is no rule. There is only your immediate experience.

What I term Zen, old Zen, the original face of Zen, new Zen, pure Zen, or Tantric Zen is - Zen in its essence.

Tantric Zen leads to illumination and fun right here and now, which is why I like it.

In Tantric Zen you can be humorous and make fun of anything or you can be very serious.

What is Tantric Zen? Well, I don't think I can give you a straight answer, since I don't happen to be a very straight Zen master.

The tantric path involves taking the mind and directing it beyond the senses.

In Tantric Buddhism our feeling is that there is no problem with the sensual world unless you have a tremendous attraction or aversion to it.