Reiki and Tantric Philosophy

There is a great misunderstanding which occurs when the terms tantric, tantra, Tantrayana, and Vajrayana are used. The general public, and even many well-educated people in the West tend to view all of these terms as somehow related to some form of New Age enlightened sexual ecstasy. Nothing could be further from the truth. The nature of  Buddhism is that, in the West, it has always been misunderstood and filtered through our cultural assumptions. It is a religion, but not in the Western sense, since it is also a way of life and a cosmology, viewed almost as science. There are three basic schools of Buddhism - Hinayana [Theravada], Mahayana, and Vajrayana [Tantrayana]. A fourth type of Buddhism, Zen, is almost more a type of philosophy/psychological approach to life than a religion. 

The term "tantric" is best understood from an encyclopedia article on Vajrayana Buddhism - [please note that sexuality and related practices are not discussed in this article except as a limited, very advanced practice for a student guided by an experienced teacher after many years of practice - it is known as the Left Hand path, compared with the more usual Right Hand path, which uses only the symbology of sexual union as a philosophical concept, in which it is the symbol for the merging of Yin and Yang].

As I use the term "tantric", I intend to describe a way of  looking at life which is drawn from Vajrayana, where the direct experiencing of life, spiritually and physically, is the key to spiritual growth. My use of the term in Reiki work does not include any practice which might be termed "sexual" in any sense which we use that term in our culture. In fact, Carl Jung became very interested in this aspect of Tantra, which is a method of redirecting basic energies into a focused meditation. There are many schools of Tibetan Buddhist thought, some being mixed with Tibetan Bonpo shamanistic thought. A good discussion may be found at this link. The Dalai Lama practices one school of tantric Vajrayana Buddhism [Gelugpa]. I do not use the term in its religious sense as much as in its psychological/philosophical sense [non-duality], insofar as it pertains to Dorje Reiki, and to Reiki in general, since Traditional Reiki has its roots in Vajrayana Buddhism, through Tendai Buddhism and Shingon Buddhism in Japan. Since there is often such misunderstanding about these terms, I urge any with questions to email at the link below.