--the tantric view of human nature and the external world
--the preliminary practices that prepare the student for full initiation
--the special role of the guru, or tantric mentor
--the tradition of the tulku, or incarnate lama
--the practice of solitary retreat, the epitome of traditional Tibetan Buddhism.
Secret of the Vajra World is the companion volume to the author's earlier book, Indestructible Truth. Together, the two volumes provide a broad introduction to the major traditions of Tibetan Buddhism.
Reginald A. Ray is Professor of Buddhist Studies at Naropa University in Boulder, Colorado, and a member of the graduate faculty of the Religious Studies Department at the University of Colorado.
524 pp. Illustrated.