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Product Details

  • Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Llewellyn Publications (July 8, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 073870900X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0738709000
  • Product Dimensions: 0.6 x 7.4 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #342,628 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"A book for Tantra beginners and all readers, who would like to learn more about the philosophy of the love art." (translation from German) -- Emotion Magazine

"A joy to review and amazing to read about. I would recommend this tantalizing and great teacher to those seriously interested in learning the marriage of sexuality on a physical and spiritual level." -- Mystic Living Today

"Michaels & Johnson have crafted a solid, detailed, and highly readable brief text intended for those with a moderate or greater background in yoga or other Tantric practices." -- Michaels & Johnson have crafted a solid, detailed, and highly readable brief text intended for those with a moderate or greater background in yoga or other Tantric practices. Electronic Journal of Human Sexuality

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"I cannot recommend The Essence of Tantric Sexuality highly enough to those readers who wish to deepen the connection with their beloved partners. This beautifully written, yet scholarly, book makes available the true meaning of Tantra, its origins and how the very words from Tantra's past have led to our present day thinking. The Essence of Tantric Sexuality dispels many of the popular myths about Tantra while offering readers a way to begin to incorporate some of the wisdom of the East into their daily lives."—Alice K Ladas, Co-author of The G Spot

"The authors write with uninhibited lucidity, erudition and humour. Everything is a gateway, an entry point to the potentiality of Life, for the Tantric. They have made a magnificent contribution to both the classical and contemporary literature of Tantra. This book is indeed a revelation of the essence of Tantric sexuality!"—Yogacharya Swami Ajnananda Saraswati (Paul Skye), author of Mastery of Stress

"Mark Michaels (Swami Umeshanand) and Patricia Johnson (Devi Veenanand), using the strong light of Dr. Jonn Mumford’s (Swami Anandakapila) 1976 Gnosticon lectures, illuminate deeply into the cave of ancient Tantra and share with us how vitally relevant Tantra is for today. Not shy with any area of Tantra, they guide us through Tantric thinking and practices, showing how ancient techniques are still vibrant and meaningful. With this work we are given passwords to access knowledge, understanding and power that were formerly available only to the selected few. The reader will find immediate and engaging access to the Tantric world of spirit and sexuality for men and women of all sexual orientations."—Bruce Anderson, author of Tantra for Gay Men

"At last! A book that presents authentic Hindu Tantra in a delightfully accessible format.  The Essence of Tantric Sexuality is a must-read for everyone just beginning to explore Tantra and an invaluable, nuanced resource for more experienced practitioners. Mark A. Michaels and Patricia Johnson have done a stunning job of placing Dr. Jonn Mumford's Gnosticon lectures in context between their ancient roots and their modern application. Most impressive is Michaels' and Johnson’s ability to separate-without prejudice or judgement--the essence of authentic Tantra from the many varieties of popular American neo-Tantra. This is a truly liberating book."—Barbara Carrellas, founder of Urban Tantra® and author of Urban Tantra, Luxurious Loving

"The two effortlessly model the tantric tradition that invokes the beloved as an incarnation of the divine."—The Village Voice


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Very readable - with detailed information.
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The book is based on a series of lectures given by Dr. John Mumford in 1976.
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This book is a welcome addition to the library of any serious practitioner.
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36 of 37 people found the following review helpful By Errol Mclendon on August 10, 2006
Format: Paperback
The Essence of Tantric Sexuality by Mark A. Michaels and Patricia Johnson

I have studied Tantra for five years and have trudged through numerous books on the subject. Until I read this book, I was under the false impression that Tantric study was demanding, laborious and technical. What occurs in this book is that all of the excess is trimmed away and we are left with a clear path on how to use Tantra to reach new levels of ecstasy.

The book is based on a series of lectures given by Dr. John Mumford in 1976. What these lectures accomplish is to successfully combine eastern and western perspectives on Tantra. The translation of eastern beliefs into a manageable path for the western mind is what makes this book so valuable.

From the use and mastery of yantras, geometric symbols whose purpose it is to open the chakras, to the Tantric massage, everything is laid out in simple to understand steps. Don't get me wrong. Each simple step is backed up by in depth explanations and extensive examinations of linguistic origins of many words to reveal how their meanings connect in incredible ways.

Over fifty pages are dedicated to the three levels of erogenous zones and a systematic method of manipulating them to open the chakras in the most advantageous pattern. By following the path prescribed in the book, the tertiary erogenous zones are made available, a group of areas on the body which are not sensitized unless preceded by the manipulation of the primary and secondary erogenous zones. These simple techniques and patterns extend the number of erogenous zones on the body from eight to eighteen.

From this basic knowledge, the Tantric massage can be added in order to begin the opening of the Chakras.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Middle-aged Professor on June 3, 2007
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Whether you are simply curious about Tantra, already know something about it, or are already knowledgeable, this is the book for you. The authors studied with the individual most responsible for bringing Tantric practices to the West, and they artfully, seriously and delightfully pass along what they have learned in this slim volume. "How to" manual, history book, explanation of Eastern philosophy: it is all here.

There is a huge pile of Tantra books available,trying to take advantage of the fact that sex sells. Many of them are exploitive and ignorant. This one is the real deal: expert, wise and loving.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on December 31, 2006
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I was pleasantly surprised by this book. It clearly is not "neo tantra" (thank goodness!), and accomplishes the task of presenting a type of tantra that both culturally sensitive and respectful to south east Indian linage/tradition, while still being accessable for serious western practitioner.

The authors recognize the importance of shakti worship, and also cover some obscure topics such as the use of perfumes and incense.

Sure sex is a part of tantra, but the authors also recognize the importance of the mental component too, such as meditation, concentration, and visualization.

This book is a welcome addition to the library of any serious practitioner.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on September 20, 2006
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This is an excellent book which makes Tantra accessible to westerners. It clarifies the

differences between Hindu Tantra and "Neo-Tantra". It is insightfully and intelligently

written. The sections on the erogenic zones as well as the suggestions for sexual work

with your partner are my favorite parts. Trying some of these suggestions has already

enriched my sexual life with my partner as well as my awareness of and feeling of

presence within my body. I also love the bits of humour. You can't put it down -- very

highly recommended.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Yogacharya Devidasan Giri on September 3, 2006
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At long last a modern manual of traditional Left-Hand Path of Hindu Tantra for Westerners. Superbly and clearly written, this masterpiece is destined to become a classic in its genre. The Essence of Tantric Sexuality is largely based on Dr Jonn Mumford's (Dr Swami AnandaKapila Saraswati)1976 Gnosticon delivered lectures. Dr Jonn Mumford is internationally recognised as a master of both the Dakshina and Vama Marga paths of lineage based Tantra.

Many tantric and sex magic secrets are revealed in this book with substantial never before in print material such as tantric perfume magic and the tantric mass and the secret of Amrita.

The Essence of Tantric Sexuality is perfectly balanced in expounding theory and practice. Brilliant study and manual for any esoterist, yogi and tantric library. Highly recommended and a job most well done by Mark A. Michaels & Patricia Johnson.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Charles G. Cohen on July 27, 2007
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I LOVE this book! I bought it on the recommendation of some close friends who said it was a must read, and I have to say they were 100% on the mark. Because of the "Essence of Tantric Sexuality," I have a whole new outlook on sex and sexuality (not to mention better and more sensual sex!), plus I was able to teach my mate some new tricks (though to be honest I'm still perfecting those :)

I was a bit concerned before reading the book that a lot of what it has to say would be beyond my understanding, as I was a total novice to tantra. But I soon found I was mistaken. The book is so well written - the authors use simple to understand language to make otherwise complex ideas easy to digest - and I was astonished at how quickly I moved through the chapters and how much of it I retained.

If you're looking for a great book on tantra this is the one. A++++!
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