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The Complete Idiot's Guide to Tantric SexA Personal Note About My Own Journey I am deeply grateful to everyone who has been part of my evolution at allstages of my life that has led to my latest reawakening into the more spiritualworld. I'm amazed to reflect on some events that happened decades ago andare manifesting lately, consistent with the path of tantra. Like my dearchildhood friend Rhea Ross insisting that I go with her to study yoga with SwamiSatchidananda and Swami Muktananda over 30 years ago, when doing so was avantgarde among people I knew. I've since visited the samadhis (graves) ofthese masters. Years ago too, spiritualist Judy Hevenly insisted I come with herto receive shaktipat from Gurumayi. And it was ages ago that I went to classeswith Mantak Chia, Chinese master of the Taoism of sex (now living and teachingin Thailand), which proved to be my introduction into this tantric path that Ihave so intensely studied in more recent years. Also many years ago, my friendLaurie Sue Brockway (a true goddess and now a minister who also works with theRed Cross, as I do, during emergency disasters) kept telling me how "wejust have to go to California to take one of Charles Muir's workshops inthis terrific new thing called 'tantric sex.'" I've sincebeen to many of Charles' seminars and his teacher trainings, and become agood friend of this gifted teacher. For years in between those early tastes of tantra and now, I followed a mosttraditional professional path as a senior research scientist at the New YorkState Psychiatric Institute at Columbia Medical School. I did work onschizophrenia, depression and cross-cultural psychotic disorders with abrilliant British psychiatrist, Dr. Barry Gurland. In the late 1960s and early1970s I became the protege of the first professionals working inwhat was then the "new" field of sex therapy, who were collaboratingwith the "grandfather" and "grandmother" of sex therapy,Masters and Johnson. This led to becoming one of the founders of the firstmedical-centered based organization of sex therapists; working on thesub-committee about sex for the American Psychiatric Association'sDiagnostic and Statistical Manual, led by the eminent Robert Spitzer; runningwomen's groups to teach women to have orgasm in 10 sessions with anotherpioneer in sexology, Dagmar O'Connor; and with my co- therapist and dearfriend Dr. Larry Sharpe, writing some of the first professional papers aboutdiagnosis, evaluation, and outcome of sex therapy. Along the way, I got my clinical psychology at N.Y.U. and was fortunate to study "The Psychologyof Love" with my supervisor and his wife, Irv and Sue Sarnoff. The next phase of my work in the field of sex became more public as the hostof radio call-in advice shows. This started over 20 years ago, on WABC Radio,but some of you are most familiar with my national radio show"LovePhones." Everyone has their favorites of the LovePhones radiocalls, and so many of them come alive in the stories in my book GenerationSex. I am forever grateful to everyone who shared their touchingstories-crying and laughing together-with my "radio family,"co-host Chris Jagger, Badger, Jimmy, Sam, and Steve Kingston who started itall. We talked about tantra on the radio years ago! How glad I am to have beenable to do that-to have everyone using terms like "goddess" and"honoring," and to have broken radio ground by having the first sacredspot massage and female ejaculation to happen on radio airwaves (by tantraexperts and friends Carla Tarantola and Sasha Lessin). A A(c) Copyright Pearson Education. All rights reserved.

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Product Details

  • Series: The Complete Idiot's Guide
  • Paperback: 400 pages
  • Publisher: Alpha; 1st edition (December 5, 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0028641752
  • ISBN-13: 978-0028641751
  • Product Dimensions: 7.3 x 0.9 x 9.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,550,328 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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99 of 104 people found the following review helpful By Irina Iacobescu on May 9, 2003
Format: Paperback
If you are on this page and intend to buy this book it means that either you already know some things about tantra (in this case I suggest you to discover deeper meanings of tantric love by reading other books) or you want to make a change in your life and bring something new and meaningful. If this is the case, I think you are in the right place.
This book is written in a very clear, detailed and simple manner, so that everyone will understand what 'tantric sex' implies and what it means to live blissfully. You will learn about the different needs you and your partner have and know how to satisfy them. You will be given ideas and tips about how to improve communication and how to make your relationship grow and become 'one' with your partner.
You will find out that sex comes first from the heart and not from our hormones. It will make you realise that sexuality and spirituality are linked.
I am sure it will change your life for the better and it will be a good thing in your relationship. Reading this book will make you become more interested in this field and willing to discover new valences of what 'sex' can be.
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82 of 87 people found the following review helpful By Nancy on March 19, 2002
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I absoultely loved this book for the many practical suggestions given. It's written in terms a lay person can understand even if they've never read anything about Tantra. Not only does the author explain the complete scope of Tantra, she gives you quick blurps of things you can do to get started on a Tantric path. This book is written in a style that allows all readers to comprehend a concept which could truly save our world. People need love and often want to connect with their loved one in the deepest of intimate ways. Let's face it, we all want to know more about we can have magical sex but most of the time it feels like there is something missing, like there must be something more. You will learn what "the more" is. Sex is something we think about often but rarely have a place we can talk openly. How is one to learn those very things that could give you the kind of sex in your life that you desire? Reading this book has the potential to change your life in a big way.
If you find your attention wanders and you really aren't in to reading for long periods of time, you can pick up this book and read for as little as 5 minutes and get something out of it. I doubt you will be able to put it down after 5 minutes though because the content is stimulating and leaves you wanting to know more.
This book is written in a style which makes it possible for anyone to comprehend the concept of living Blissfully. It could help bring us to world peace if we could all learn how to come from our hearts. It will teach us how to make love from our hearts. It will also help woman overcome old programing that sex might be anything less than our birthright. This book truly makes the connection between sexuality and spirituality. WOW
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45 of 47 people found the following review helpful By OmSandi on March 2, 2006
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This book is easy to follow and gets you started in the tantric practice easily. The content is sequenced in a way that flows, and actually makes it easy to follow through the learning stages. Dr. Judy doesn't leave out the spiritual part, neither does she overwhelm you with it, as I've seen in other Tantra books that are a bit "hippie" and over the top. Spirituality is very much a part of this book, though understated.

I was pleasantly surprised to find a Tantra book by Dr. Judy - I have been a fan of hers since the '90s when she was on Love Phones. I had no idea she had any knowledge of Tantra. I love the way she breaks down the concepts - easy to digest for the greenest of novices, but with enough interesting content to feed the more knowledgable readers. Kudos to Dr. Judy for bringing Tantra to mainstream America :)


Re: the guy complaining that this is not "real" Tantra: this books is meant to bring Tantra to the mainstream, not to get devotees to an ashram. Keeping that in mind, it fulfills its purpose.

As for the poorly-written, one-star reviews above, please note: the purpose of writing a review is for (guess what??) THE BOOK. That's why the guidelines say "Your review should focus on the book's content and context." You should not be reviewing Amazon's technical flaws or Dr. Judy's perceived character flaws here. Unfortunately reviews such as these lower the avg rating of books that deserve better, and all for nothing because they arent' even about the content. (My 2 cents)
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Kindle Customer on December 10, 2013
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I read this book and is good for someone that doesn't have an idea about Tantra but I found it to be too discursive and to talk about a lot of things without focusing on the main objective of Tantra.
Some of the meditation practices are not easy to do and some of the couple practices are too long...although I did find some interesting references and sources.
I like the way it explains the history of Tantra and that it discusses the different types of Tantra practiced today. It also gives web addresses of Tantric centers near you.

I would give this book to someone that really doesn't have an idea on the topic, but I definitely preferred "Sexual Enlightenment" by Elsbeth Meuth and Freddy Zental Weaver.
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