Introduction to Tantra

31 May 2021

My top 5 recommendations for self-study…


The Radiance Sutras by Lorin Roche. Of course this is my No. 1! This is, in my opinion, the most comprehensive, emotive, sensory interpretation of the Bhairava Tantra available. Most potent when read to you by someone you’re fond of!


Tantric Orgasm by Diana and Michael Richardson. I hesitate to put this at number 2 because I spend a lot of time debunking the myth that tantra is about sex and orgasm HOWEVER, it is ONE of the gateways available to us to experience deep connection and intimacy with All That Is. Despite the titles these are relatively queer friendly (would love feedback if you disagree) and are relevant for self or couple pleasure.


Tantra: The Path of Ecstasy by Georg Feuerstein. From the author of my preferred translation of the Yoga Sutra of Patanjali, this is a little more intellectual, historical and ‘heady’. Greater depth and breath of knowledge about tantra as a philosophy than the previous two books.


A Course In Weight Loss by Marianne Williamson. Not actually a tantric text however in my opinion one of the most profound guides to developing a tantric relationship with food and your body. Learn to move through dense emotions and beliefs that keep us stuck and heavy. Learn to relate to your body as a mystical being in a profound way.


The Ascent by Swami Satyasangananda Saraswati. Another (much more literal/practical) translation of the Bhairava Tantra. If you don’t have access to a teacher to guide you through tantric mediations and kriyas this book is your best bet for self-study. Ideal to use side by side The Radiance Sutras to contemplate the precise techniques offered in the sutras, as well as the sensory interpretation of experiencing them offered by Lorin Roche.