Tantra Of The Tachikawa Ryu:
Secret Sex Teachings of the Buddha

John Stevens, Professor of Buddhist Studies, Aikido Instructor, Eminent Author and Translator
Original Date: Friday, February 11, 2011


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The Tachikawa Ryu is a legendary secret Buddhist sect that taught: The highest spiritual attainments are best achieved through the physical act of sex. The sect was banished in Japan and went underground hundreds of years ago, but many believe it is still active. Scholar John Stevens provides—based on actual events, hidden texts, and authentic Tantric tradition—the first explication in English of Tachikawa Ryu teachings, in the form of a symbolic narrative about the young Shingon monk Dai-en and the Zen practitioner Lady Hotoke. What emerges is a fascinating portrait of a little-known aspect of Esoteric Buddhism, plus startling insights into the sexual nature of both the rituals of conventional worship and the training of Tachikawa Ryu priests and priestesses. Included are black-and-white photographs of rare artwork and statuary that express the Tachikawa ideal.

John Stevens lived in Japan for 35 years, where he was a Professor of Buddhist Studies and an Aikido Instructor at Tohoku Fukushi University. He has written many books on Japan's martial, sacred, and erotic ways—including the seminal study Lust for Enlightenment: Buddhism and Sex—and is a respected authority on Esoteric Japanese culture. Several years ago, Stevens had to spend months in a hospital due to a serious illness. While in the hospital, he composed the life-affirming story of The Tantra of the Tachikawa Ryu, based on authentic tradition, actual texts, historical events, and oral teachings. Stevens considers it his most important work, and partially attributes his recovery to the inspiration he felt while writing the book, which he thought would be his last.


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