Thursday, November 08, 2007

We returned from our weekend of teaching in Maryland to the wonderful news that The Essence of Tantric Sexuality was the Award-Winner in the Health: Sexuality category of the National Best Books 2007 Award and an Award-Winning Finalist in the Religion: Eastern Religions category.

Go here for the complete list of winners and finalists.

We hope this award will help our book get the recognition we feel it deserves and call more attention to the contributions of our beloved Guru, Dr. Jonn Mumford (Swami Anandakapila Saraswati).

Friday, October 05, 2007

Here's our teaching schedule for October-November.

October 12, 7-9 p.m.
SEXY SPIRITS (NEW YORK CITY) - Autoerotic Mysticism, go to www.SexySpirits.com to register. 301 West 55th St. #4, $25 per person. 212-581-2640

November 1, 7-9 p.m.
SPARK OF SPIRIT (COLLEGE PARK, MD) - The Essence of Tantric Sexuality, go to www.sparkofspirit.com, to register. $25 per person. 9937 Rhode Island Ave., College Park, MD 20740. 877-297-7275

November 2, 7-9 p.m.
TEN THOUSAND JOYS (FREDERICK, MD) - Introduction to Tantra, go to www.tenthousandjoys.com, 54 East Patrick St., Frederick, MD 21701. 301-631-5697

November 3, 11-3
BREATHE BOOKS (BALTIMORE, MD) - The Chakras and Sexuality & Autoerotic Mysticism. Go to www.breathebooks.com, 810 W. 36th St. Baltimore MD 21211, 410-235-7323 $80 per person ($60 students).

November 4, 11-3
AASECT FORUM (BALTIMORE, MD) - Introduction to Tantra. Class is open to AASECT members. 3 CE credits. For more information email Chris at ckraft at jhmi.edu

November 4, 6:30 - 8:30 p.m.
THE SUGAR SHOP (HAMPDEN BALTIMORE, MD) - Introduction to Tantra. www.sugartheshop.com, 927 W. 36th St, Hampden Baltimore, MD, 410-467-2632 $15 per person.

November 9, 8:45-10:45 p.m.
Dom Sub Friends (NYC) - 250 West 26th St. (7th & 8th Ave), Cost: $8 per person ($4 for DSF & affiliate members)http://domsubfriends.com/cgi-local/cldr/view.cgi?db=def&cat=&id=1172

November 10, 1:00 - 3:00
ONE TASTE (NYC) - TLO retreat. http://www.onetastesf.com/ot/ot_calendar/index.php?m=11&y=2007, 324 Lafayette St. #3A, New York, NY 10012, 415-606-7505

November 11, 1:00-3:00
RED HOT 2007 (PHILADELPHIA, PA) - Introduction to Tantra, $25 per person. Galleria 1903, 1903 Walnut St. We will also be available for private sessions with couples that evening. email info@TantraPM.com for more information. www.nsquaredproductions.com/redhot/

November 27th, 8:00-10:30 p.m.
ONE TASTE (NYC) - Tantra lecture series, http://www.onetastesf.com/ot/ot_calendar/index.php?m=11&y=2007, 324 Lafayette St. #3A, New York, NY 10012, 415-606-7505 This is part of a six lecture series beginning on Oct. 30th $225 per person.

Wednesday, October 03, 2007

The Supreme Court recently refused to hear the appeal of an Alabama sex shop owner who was contesting the 11th Circuit's decision that there is no consumer right to sexual privacy. In the 11th Circuit's opinion:

"If the people of Alabama in time decide that prohibition on sex toys is misguided, or ineffective, or just plain silly, they can repeal the law and be finished with the matter. . .On the other hand, if we today craft a new fundamental right by which to invalidate the law, we would be bound to give that right full force and effect in all future cases including, for example, those involving adult incest, prostitution, obscenity, and the like."

The Alabama statute provides for imprisonment of up to a year in jail and a $10,000 fine for a first offense and 1-10 years for a second offense.

The same Circuit also recently upheld a Florida statute that prohibits gays and lesbians from adopting.

In the long run, we can only hope that the Supreme Court's refusal to take the case will be for the best. With the current composition of the Court, the result could have been worse if the justices had taken the appeal, but that won't do sex toy buyers (who can still purchase toys out of state) and sellers in Alabama any good.

If your sexual style is out of the mainstream in any way, you should be afraid, very afraid.

And someone said this is a free country.

Friday, September 21, 2007

Criticism

Posting material of any kind on the internet can be a very challenging experience; you open yourself up to all kinds of attacks, especially if you allow people to comment. We've posted clips of some of our appearances on youtube and have received some harsh criticism for what we say. Most of the negative comments are inane, ill-informed or dogmatic, and the posters frequently resort to name-calling. None of them reveal any awareness of the difficulty one faces when trying to explain something as vast, complex and contested as Tantra in a brief television appearance for an audience that presumably knows nothing about the subject.

We did have one interesting set of critical comments from an Indian poster on YouTube, and we've copied it here, along with our response:

"These people are indulging into money making and sensationalising Tantra and projecting it what it is not. Tantra is not Kaam Sootra. Tantra is visualisation and modelling the entire cosmos into which we as part of and menifestation of the cosmos and reflection of the larger model look into ourselves. If sex is symbolised as ceation, that is nearest to the truth, but sex seen merely as hedonistic activity, and practiced so in the name of "Nirvana" is just rediculious.

Meditation should be done on one's own Ātmā as one with the Saviour-goddess (Tārinī). the Dhyāna of Devi, that the Man who meditates on the unattached, attributeless, and pure Ātmā which is Tripurā as one with, and not different from, his own Ātmā becomes himself Her (Tanmaya).

Sādhakas, possessed of the knowledge of Kula, then meditate on the Yoga-blissful (Yogānanda) form (Mūrti) of Śiva and Śakti present in the hearts of males and females and, calling to mind the meaning (Artha) of the Mantra of their Istadevatā, do Japa of it.

Depiction of females like this is clearly against the spirit of Tantra and merely low grade sensational gimmick.
Kindly practice kamasutra freely as Hindus did but do not call it Tamtric.

I have gone through it agin and agin..my comments below besically are reactions to clips shown at "kailash" site. Otherwise what ever has been satated is a sanctioned practice for a "Couple" (husband and wife). Turning one self into a "Veer" from "Pashu" for meditating upon Aadishakti(the orginating source) is one of the prescibed path."

We replied:

Thanks to ******* for the thoughtful, generally well-informed comments. We recognize that his perspective is one that's widely shared, but Tantra is neither monolithic nor moralistic. We teach as we do with the blessings of our Guru and out of a desire to serve and enrich the lives of others. Nothing we teach is derived from the Kama Sutra, with which we have very limited familiarity. As for making money, there are many much easier ways to make far more of it.

To expand on this initial reply, it's important to bear in mind that Tantra is an initiatory tradition, and the texts are not entirely transparent; their real value lies in the way a teacher elucidates them. For example, it's our understanding that "Veer" (hero) "Pashu" (beast) and "Divya" (spiritual person) don't really refer to three categories of human but to qualities that exist in each of us. We were also baffled by the poster's comments about the depiction of women, and this comment leads us to think his perspective is shaped by the puritanism that's characteristic of modern, Hindu orthodoxy, which has little or nothing to do with Tantra.

Saturday, September 01, 2007

Fantasy

Fantasy seems to be a loaded subject in the Tantric community and elsewhere. Recently, we talked about this with a friend and long-time practitioner, and she expressed the view that engaging in sexual fantasy is almost antithetical to the Tantric approach, since it takes you out of the moment and prevents you from being present. Others argue that fantasies are negative for a variety of reasons; some people in relationships feel that fantasizing about others borders on cheating; some people are ashamed or disturbed by their fantasies. While some who believe that we create our own reality suggest that fantasizing is dangerous because it borders on committing a thought crime.

We don't share these opinions and feel that the conscious exploration and use of sexual fantasy can be a valuable way to expand your sexual repertoire. Fantasy is also a key component for building a high level of arousal for the purposes of the sex magic practice we describe in The Essence of Tantric Sexuality. Imagination is one of the most powerful resources we human beings have at our disposal, and what is fantasy (or any form of visualization) if not an act of imagining? If you find yourself becoming too limited by or dependent on a fantasy, it is a good idea to try something new. We don't advocate fantasizing when you are with a partner (although we are not categorically opposed to it, especially in the context of mutual exploration), and retreating into the realm of fantasy to such an extent that you find it difficult to be present for your beloved is probably a sign of serious problems in your relationship.

The key is to be conscious and intentional when you fantasize. If you can view your fantasies as tools for discovering more about yourself and expanding your sexual capacities, you will not be using fantasy to escape; instead, you will be using it to enrich your life and enhance your ability to present.


We'd be interested in your thoughts on this subject, so please comment.

Thursday, August 23, 2007

Amazon.com has just posted the cover of our next book Tantra for Erotic Empowerment: The Key to Enriching Your Sexual Life. They're taking pre-orders too, though it won't be out until March.

We're very proud of the contents; they represent a distillation of our 8 years of experience teaching together and an expansion of the online course we've been offering for several years. While the subtitle refers to enriching your sexual life, we're firmly convinced that sexual self-knowledge and owning your sexual power will enrich every aspect of your life. Tantra is really about an approach to living that embraces the erotic and divine in all experience.

Wednesday, August 22, 2007

Dark Odyssey

We'll be attending Dark Odyssey Summer Camp from September12-17. This will be our sixth DO event, and each and every one of them has been an opportunity to learn, grow and be challenged, as well as an opportunity to teach and have fun.

Dark Odyssey brings together people from a variety of communities that are on the sexual margins; it's a very diverse group, and that diversity is incredibly inspiring. While only a small minority of those in attendance identify themselves a Tantric practitioners, the spirit of the event is perhaps more truly Tantric than many a Tantra workshop. The conscious exploration of one's edges is an important (if often overlooked) aspect of living life in a Tantric way. Dark Odyssey is a wonderful opportunity to do just that.

For more information visit Dark Odyssey

Monday, August 13, 2007

We've had a great trip to California -- good turnouts at our workshops at One Taste and The Center for Sex and Culture. We went up to Sebastopol to tape an interview with Suzie Heumann for tantra.com. It should be up on the site before too long. It was wonderful meeting Suzie, and we're grateful both for the interview and for her hospitality. We're already thinking about our next West coast trip, probably next spring.

Monday, August 06, 2007

Schedule for August

It's going to be a busy few weeks, but we'll do our best to blog while we're on the road. Here's our August teaching schedule.


Tantric Erogenous Zones -- San Francisco
Friday August 10, 2007, 7-10 pm
One Taste San Francisco
One Taste


Pleasure as Spiritual Practice -- San Francisco
Sunday August 12, 2007, 7:00pm - 9:00pm
Center for Sex and Culture, San Francisco, CA
Pre-registration and location info: mail@sexandculture.org or 415-255-1155

Lecture and Book Signing, The Essence of Tantric Sexuality
Monday, August 13, 2007, 7:30pm - 9:00pm
East West Books
324 Castro St.
Mountain View, CA 94041
East West Books

Using Sexual Energy for Consciousness Expansion, KC, MO
Friday August 17, 2007, 7:00pm - 9:00pm
Plaza Wellspring
4901 South Main, Suite 400
Kansas City, MO 641123
Open to all.
$25

Tantric Tools for Enhancing Intimacy - Workshop KC, MO
Saturday August 18, 2007, 1:00pm - 6:00pm
Plaza Wellspring
4901 South Main, Suite 400
Kansas City, MO 64112
Couples
$95 per person
Email us: tantrapm2@aol.com to register for the Kansas City workshops.

Tantric Erogenous Zones at Sexy Spirits -- NYC
Friday August 24, 2007, 7:00pm - 10:00pm
Location: Sexy Spirits
301 W 55 ST, # 4
City: New York
$45
Information and Registration.

Sunday, August 05, 2007

Tantric Sex in the Modern World

Although our background and training are more traditional than many Western Tantra teachers, we've taken some criticism on one website for our emphasis on the sexual aspects of Tantra. Some of these criticisms are dogmatic, ill-informed about our work, or based on a more general lack of knowledge about the Tantric tradition; others are more substantive and serious. We usually strive to make it clear that sex is only a small part of Tantra and that many practitioners are celibate. At the same time, sex is what attracted us in the first place, and it's what most people -- whether they're journalists or members of the general public -- are interested in talking about.

The role of sexuality in Tantra is a contested one. Today, most traditional pracititioners are very conservative and puritanical, and most scholars of the tradition take a very dim view of Neo-Tantric sexual practices, pointing out that they are quite far removed, in both form and content, from Tantric sexual ritual. This is true even when, like David Gordon White, they embrace the idea that sex is what sets Tantra apart from other South Asian religious traditions.

While we don't expect to sway our critics, we strongly believe that the conscious exploration of one's sexuality is one of the richest arenas for self-discovery and for practicing within the spirit, if not the letter, of the classical Tantric tradition. Despite the fact that sex is everywhere in our society, sexual knowledge, or better yet, sexual gnosis is taboo. The conscious violation of social taboos was an integral part of ancient Tantric practice, and we believe that deliberately delving into one's sexuality, with the intent to discover and connect with its potentially transcendent power, while breaking free of society's constraints, is an authentic way of practicing Tantra in the contemporary Western world. This is one of the central themes of our next book, Tantra for Erotic Empowerment.

Saturday, August 04, 2007

We've just joined technorati at Viviane's suggestion.

Technorati Profile

Her blog is The Sex Carnival

Monday, July 30, 2007

It has been an interesting weekend. On Friday evening we attended a screening of our friend Edin Velez's film A Certain Foolish Consistency at the Scanners: New York Video Festival at Lincoln Center. On Saturday night we returned to the festival to see Passion and Power: The Technology of Orgasm also at Scanners. We've posted reviews on our myspace blog:

blog.myspace.com/tantrapm

On Saturday, we attended the Passion and Power after party and saw quite a few friends, including some with whom we'd lost touch in the past couple of years. We also made some interesting new ones. It was a delightful evening, but it ended on a much darker note.

It was after 2:00 am when we got back to the apartment we use when we're spending the night in New York City. When we arrived, we discovered that a pipe in the bathroom ceiling was leaking. We tried knocked on the door of the apartment upstairs, but the occupants were away. Then we called the super; he wasn't pleased to get a call at that time of night and said he couldn't do anything about it until Monday, so we placed a large bowl under the leak, which was beginning to subside (it had stopped completely by the next morning). It was about 3:15 when we got into bed.

It was very hot in the apartment, so we left the windows open. Just as we were drifting off to sleep, we heard a series of gunshots right below our window. We looked out to see someone apparently fleeing the scene. We called the police, who came quite promptly and in large numbers. We later learned they closed the block. We went downstairs and told one of the officers what we had seen. We got back to bed after 4:00.

The next morning we went out to survey the damage. Bullets had hit three cars, shattering glass in two and going through the windshield and flattening a tire in a third. We surmised that there had been some kind of shoot-out, since it appeared that bullets had flown in two different directions. We don't know if anyone was hit during the exchange.

There's a strange kind of clarity that hits you in extreme moments like these, and that's something worth remembering, since it relates directly to Tantric practice; every experience we have in life is an opportunity to discover something. Still, this isn't the kind of experience we're interested in replicating.

We can only guess that the shooting was gang or drug related; the neighborhood has had its ups and downs, but whatever the case, violence is sad and senseless. At best, innocent, poor people had their property damaged. At worst someone was hurt or killed. One of us could easily have been hit by a stray bullet, as could any number of other people in the neighborhood. As midtown Manhattan becomes more and more of a shopping mall, the less affluent parts of the city seem to be sliding backwards, and the new New York seems to be embodying the worst of both worlds -- the crime and violence of the old days are creeping back into the sanitized version of the City.

Thursday, July 26, 2007

We've asked the readers of our myspace blog to share their definitions of Tantra with us:

http://tinyurl.com/2nbjgj

Comments are welcome here too.

Wednesday, July 25, 2007

We took a brief vacation, and now we're back to our busy schedule at home. We have some interesting plans for the next few days -- a community gathering tomorrow night, a screening of our friend Edin Velez's new experimental film on Friday:

http://www.edinvelez.com/

and another screening and panel discussion featuring Betty Dodson on Saturday:

http://upcoming.yahoo.com/event/207591/

Wednesday, July 11, 2007

Mating in Captivity

We've both been reading Esther Perel's excellent book Mating in Captivity: Reconciling the Erotic and the Domestic. It is well worth your time, whether you are partnered or not. Perel treats individuals and couples; she has a wonderfully clear-headed and non-judgmental approach, and her views on contemporary relationships and what it takes to make them function well, erotically and emotionally, are very much in line with our own. We discuss some of these issues in Chapter Five of The Essence of Tantric Sexuality and will examine them in even more depth in Tantra for Erotic Empowerment.

Here's a brief quote from Perel:

"For many of us, premeditated sex is suspicious. It threatens our belief that sex is subject only to the machinations of magic and chemistry. The idea that sex must be spontaneous keeps us one step removed from having to will sex, to own our desire and to express it with intent."

The Tantric approach to sexuality is all about consciousness and intentionality. The result of bringing awareness to sex and treating it as something to be discovered, again and again and again, is magic, not the illusory magic of infatuation and chemical attraction, but something deeper and more powerful because it is willed.

Thursday, July 05, 2007

The Story Behind The Essence of Tantric Sexuality

We wrote The Essence of Tantric Sexuality with the blessings of our teacher, Dr. Jonn Mumford (Swami Anandakapila Saraswati). The book is based on lectures he gave at Gnosticon in 1976, and while it touches on some of the themes he addressed in his own books -- Ecstasy Through Tantra, A Chakra and Kundalini Workbook, and Magical Tattwas -- none of his work delves so deeply into the specifics of Tantric sexual practices, in large part because he was reluctant to allow the material to appear in print. Even in those areas where his books and ours overlap, the perspectives and practical details are significantly different.

It has been our privilege to study with Swami Anandakapila for the last eight years. At Gnosticon, Swamiji discussed arcane, complex, traditional material in way that would be accessible and practical for Westerners; thus the teachings are at once original and traditional -- his unique synthesis. Gnosticon was also possibly the first time an initiated Swami spoke publicly to an American audience about the sexual aspects of Hindu Tantra. Over the years, other authors have borrowed from these pioneering lectures (which were available on tape in the late 1970s and early 1980s), often out of context and often without crediting Swamiji as the source. We wrote The Essence of Tantric Sexuality to insure that his authentic teachings would be available for future generations, in context and with proper attribution. We had his support and cooperation throughout the process, and as a result, the book is considerably more detailed than the original lectures.

Our next book is based on our online course The Fundamentals of Tantric Sexuality.

Saturday, June 30, 2007

Punk Tantra

We usually write and post as a team, but this one is just from Mark. These are some preliminary thoughts on a subject that probably deserves to be explored in more depth. Punk Tantra may seem like an oxymoron to some, but my Tantric sensibility was shaped by my involvement in Punk. Just as we started getting active on myspace, I received a couple of CDs of material my first college band, The Relaxors, recorded in 1978 or '79 in Ann Arbor and learned that our old manager had set up a page for the band. When the package arrived I had already added a few of my favorite groups to our friends list. It was an odd sycnchronicity, and it encouraged me not only to revist my roots but also to dig through my archives. Some of the material I find may show up on the Relaxors page in the near future.

Patti Smith's Bottom Line show in December of 1975 was a life-changing experience for me. I'd seen plenty of rock bands by that time but had never experienced something of such transcendent power. About a month later I ventured into CBGBs, where Television and Talking Heads were on the bill. I knew I had found a home. This was before the crowds there got huge, and before Punk got codified, either as fashion or as a sonic style. Back then the scene was diverse, tolerant and accepting. I had the sense that we were all outsiders seeking freedom from received social norms -- whether musical, social or political. We were seeking intense experience, or as Patti Smith put it:

"I seek pleasure. I seek the nerves under your skin.The narrow archway; the layers; the scroll of ancient letters.
We worship the flaw, the belly, the belly, the mole on the belly of an exquisite whore.
He spared the child and spoiled the rod. I have not sold myself to God."

Anyway, Tantra. It's really the same thing. No need to sell yourself to God when you can find God inside yourself, but I digress. Contrary to popular myth, Tantra's got very little to do with sexual technique, and it's certainly not all new-age sweetness and light. It's about finding the divine through experience, wherever you are, including in the gutter. And those transcendent moments in the dirty dank and sweaty rock 'n' roll clubs in New York, Detroit and Ann Arbor were truly Tantric. The ego dissolved, and I became one with the sound.

Friday, June 29, 2007

We've set up a myspace page -- www.myspace.com/tantrapm

We will be blogging there regularly and cross-posting here.

Here are the entries from this past week:

Friday, June 29, 2007

Come Together

The past few days have been both exhilirating and depressing. On the positive side, Barbara Carrellas's book launch party (Tuesday night) and the fifth monthly Pleasure Salon (last night) were exciting and inspiring events. It's absolutely thrilling to be part of a burgeoning sex positive movement in New York and to see such a diverse group of people finding common ground and common cause.

On the downside, there's the ongoing, pointless war in Iraq, the failure of our political leaders to do anything meaningful about global warming (of course, these are nothing new), and the recent series of appalling, intellectually bankrupt decisions by the Supreme Court -- supporting corporate "free speech" but denying it to high school students (bong hits for Jesus anyone?), removing the prohibition on corporate price-fixing, and perhaps worst of all, effectively endorsing the re-segregation of our public schools.

These are grim times, and we fear that things will get much worse. It is time to come together, to stand up for our rights and to defend the Earth. Everything is connected.


Wednesday, June 27, 2007

New York, New York

Last night we went to the launch party for our dear friend Barbara Carrellas's book Urban Tantra. Barbara's presentation was just brilliant; she's a dynamic and incredibly entertaining lecturer. She has been an important figure in contemporary American Tantra for many years now. She is truly a kindred spirit.

There was a small after party that included a number of luminaries from the New York area -- sex educators, practitioners, old friends and new. Interesting things are happening here, and it's incredibly exciting to see diverse groups and individuals coming together. Barbara's been building these bridges for years. She's an inspiration.


Monday, June 25, 2007

Teaching Today

We're in NYC today to teach. We get great satisfaction from teaching privately. We are able to adjust the content of the lessons to each couple's level of knowledge and particular goals. Often we can delve into subtleties that we are unable to address in our open workshops. Ongoing study is usually more rewarding than attending a weekend workshop.


Sunday, June 24, 2007

Kirtan

We had a very late night last night. We went to Bhagavan Das's kirtan at East/West Books on 5th Avenue between 13th and 14th. It was great to see Bhagavan Das again; it made us long for the days when he was living in New York.

We don't get to kirtans often enough, and it's always amazing how powerful they are, especially with Bhagavan Das. We had a fairly stressful day and left for the city later than we'd planned, so we weren't in the greatest frame of mind when the kirtan started. It took a little while to get into the flow of things and for the mental chatter to subside, but eventually the energy of the group and the power of the mantras took over, and we were transported.

That's how it always seems to work. Chanting is a simple but astonishingly profound practice.


Saturday, June 23, 2007

Hot Sex and Zero Sum Games.

Not long ago, we received an inquiry from a man whose partner was reluctant to explore Tantric sex because she was afraid she would lose the ability to enjoy more 'conventional' forms of sexual activity, that sex would no longer be 'hot.'

We're here to tell you – you can practice Tantra, and still have hot sex. For us, Tantra is about an approach to living that includes and embraces sexuality, recognizing it as one of the richest arenas for spiritual exploration. Awareness is the key, and in Tantra this applies to all aspects of life, not just sexuality. Choosing awareness will add new dimensions and enable you to go deeper, when you want to. It won't turn sex into a chore or detract from your ability to enjoy a quickie.


Wednesday, June 20, 2007

Online Interview

We've been regular guests on Ann Sanders's show, doing a monthly Tantra Tuesdays segment for almost a year now. We just recorded the July episode in which we discuss Tantric massage and describe some techniques from chapter 14 of The Essence of Tantric Sexuality.

Shows are archived at:

http://www.healthylife.net/RadioShow/archiveAA.htm

We just learned that our beloved teacher Bhagavan Das will be in New York City this weekend. We can't make the Friday Kirtan at Jivamukti Yoga, but we're hoping to attend the Saturday event at East West Books. If you've never been to one of his kirtans, you've missed something extraordinary.

Monday, February 12, 2007

We have a new article out in New Times Naturally a Tampa, Florida magazine:

Tantra: A Way of Being in the World
For many in the modern world, the word Tantra has come to mean sacred sexuality; some believe it is nothing more than a set of sexual techniques, a form of sexual yoga derived from the Kama Sutra, the renowned Indian sex manual. Others think it is a form of couples’ or relationship therapy. These contemporary misconceptions are not entirely unrelated to historical truth, but they are all simplistic understandings of a vast and complex spiritual path. It is more accurate, but still relatively simple, to define Tantra as an ancient, South Asian spiritual tradition that recognizes sexual energy as a source of personal and spiritual empowerment. . . (continued)
To read the entire article (on page 24), so you have to scroll down a bit, go to: http://www.newtimesnaturally.com/files/magazine/issue.pdf

And here's a schedule of upcoming appearances:

March 9-11
AQUARIUS BOOKS - (KANSAS CITY, MO) Free lecture Friday night. The Essence of Tantric Sexuality intensive workshop, Saturday and Sunday. For more information, visit Aquariusbooks.com

March 20, 7:30
THE LEARNING ANNEX (NEW YORK, NY) - The Essence of Tantric Sexuality workshop. For more information, visit http://www.learningannex.com/default.taf?sctn=A&_function=detail&cnum=949ANY&cat=

April 6-8
SPRING FIRE (WASHINGTON, DC) - visit Darkodyssey.com for more information

May 5, 6:30-9 p.m.
ALTERNATIVE BOOKS (KINGSTON, NY) - 35 North Front St., Kingston, NY, book Signing

Monday, January 08, 2007

Llewellyn Journal has just published our article on Women and Tantra. It begins:

Most classical Tantric texts seem to have been written primarily with men in mind. For example, the Gheranda Samhita, a 16th-century Tantric/Yogic text advises: “By virtue of this Yoga, the Bindu-Siddhi (retention of seed) is obtained, and when that Siddhi is obtained what else can he not attain in this world.” Similarly much of the popular mythology about Tantric sex focuses on prolonged lovemaking and concomitant male staying-power (retention of seed), as if that were the defining feature of the Tantric experience.

To read the rest, go to:

http://www.llewellynjournal.com/article/1305

We'll be teaching an introductory class, "The Essence of Tantric Sensuality", at the Learning Annex, New York, March 20, 2007.