How Do We Address Tantra and Cultural Appropriation?

We at IATE are often asked how we address the issue of cultural appropriation in relationship to Tantra.

The very simple and straightforward answer is – we don’t. 

This is the benefit and meaning of offering LINEAGE-BASED Tantric methods.

Lineage-based means that we have permission and blessing from a sanctioned Lama of a living tradition of Tantric Buddhism to share the Tibetan 5 Element Tantric Teachings in the exact manner that we do.

It means that our curriculum was reviewed and approved by an acknowledged spiritual teacher who is recognized by the tradition as having achieved verifiable realization.

It means we communicate with a sanctioned Lama of a valid and 1,200 year old spiritual tradition about what, how, and why we are teaching the methods that we teach.

We don’t have to address cultural appropriation because we haven’t STOLEN anything. 

The teachings we share have been given to us FREELY and we have been encouraged by a recognized Lama of the Shangpa Kagyu tradition to share them with all of YOU for the purpose of your healing, well-being, and ultimate attainment of Buddhahood.

Also, cultural appropriation is less of an issue with Tibetan Tantric Buddhism in general because Tibet was never colonized by Western powers. Tibet was never invaded by Europeans. In fact, Tibetans came to the West specifically to share the Tantric teachings of that tradition.

Neo-Tantra on the other hand, is a direct result of colonization. Neo-Tantra is rooted in white supremacy and the oppression of the Indian people.

To a large degree, the “Tantric teachings” offered in Neo-Tantra were stolen from the Indian people and bastardized in the West.

The very foundation of Neo-Tantra is rooted in the poison of the white supremacist colonization of India. There is no overcoming this and there is no changing this.

Neo-Tantra, by definition, has no lineage and no connection to a lineage via a sanctioned Lama or Teacher of ANY spiritual tradition.

 The teachings that comprise Neo-Tantra are rooted in the legacy of cultural appropriation. There’s just no way around that.

Want More?

Learn the Tibetan 5 Elements with Devi PLUS get exclusive access to our LIVE Monthly Meditation Classes!

Share This!

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Learn To Use Pleasure As Medicine!

Sign up to receive our most fun and effective Tantra Healing Tips to enrich your body, mind, spirit, and sex!

Our specially curated Tantra Healing Tips are delivered straight to your inbox every weekend :-)

Latest Posts

water element

Beat the Heat: Water Element to the Rescue

It is fall in the Northern Hemisphere and yet the temperatures and environment are heated as the Fire element has …

Read More →
vaginal and cervical orgasms

4 major nerve pathways that create vaginal & cervical orgasms

Did you know that there are 4 major nerve pathways that innervate the pelvis for yoni owners and create both …

Read More →
healing genital shame

A Tantric Practice for Healing Genital Shame

Our natural relationship with our bodies is one of wonder, curiosity & magic.  Genital shame is not something we are born …

Read More →