What’s The Difference Between Taoism and Tantra?

Taoism vs Tantra

This video from IATE founder Devi Ward Erickson outlines the differences between Taoism and Tantra. Devi has been practicing and teaching Tibetan 5 Element Tantra since 2008 and was a monk of The Ishaya Order from 1999 -2008. Highlights from this video: Taoism and Tantra are two totally different spiritual belief systems. Taoism is from […]

How Can Tantra Heal Our Environment?

Can Tantra Heal Our Environment

Welcome to 2024! We hope you had an enriching Holiday 🙂 As we turn the page to another year the need to cultivate healthy relationships with ourselves, each other, and our environment becomes more and more apparent. The Institute of Authentic Tantra Education is unique in the world of Western Tantra in that we specialize […]

Have you heard of The Yogini Tantra?

Yogini Tantra

The topic of whether or not, (or even how much!) sex is included in classical or traditional tantra is the subject of many online arguments. We receive a large amount of criticism for talking openly and often about human sexual function while having the audacity to refer to our work as “Authentic Tantra”. We note […]

Can you heal sexual trauma with Tantra?

heal sexual trauma

Sexual energy is quite literally life-force energy! It is the very cause of our existence in human form. All human bodies on this planet originated from some sort of sexual activity. The Vajrayana Tantric tradition teaches that every orgasm is a glimpse of enlightenment, and the purpose of sexual tantra is to extend that orgasmic […]

Buddhist Tantra Tips to Help You Communicate During Sex!

communicate during sex

Did you know that communicating with your partner about your pleasure is actually an act of compassion?  It’s TRUE! You and your partner WANT to bring each other pleasure, so the kindest, most compassionate thing you can do as a lover, is TELL THEM WHAT YOU LIKE!  Then they can do more of that! Ongoing […]

What is Karma and How Can You Improve Yours?

The word “Karma” has been part of the modern lexicon for decades, but many folx don’t really understand what it IS and how it works. Karma is simply the universal law of cause and effect. It’s like the Universe’s “rules of the game of life”, but not just this life. EVERY lifetime we have ever […]

The Importance of Lineage in Tantra

Have you ever wondered about the importance of lineage in Tantra? At IATE we make a big deal about our methods being lineage-based and Lama-approved, but why is that important in the realm of Tantra?    Tantra is a spiritual science originally developed in Northern India several thousand years ago. Today there are many different branches, […]

Welcome To Lineage-Based Sexual Tantra

Lineage-based tantra

Most of the sexual Tantra we are exposed to here in the West falls under the umbrella of “Neo Tantra”, which is an adaptation and in some cases, appropriation of traditional Tantric practices, usually from the Hindu tradition. Traditionally, sexual tantric practices have been kept “secret” and only shared with qualified practitioner’s after many years […]

What Is Tantra with Devi Ward Erickson

what is tantra

All this time we’ve been together and I’ve never sat down and shared my story of how I came to Tibetan 5 Element Tantra! Join me tonight as I share my understanding of authentic Tantric practice, based upon my 13 years of training in Tibetan 5 Element Tantra, how I was introduced to this path […]

Tibetan Medicine, the word “Tantra” means “Continuously Protecting Life”

In the Gyudhsi, the 4 medical tantras transmitted by the Buddha, the word Tantra translates in this context as “continuously protecting life”.   The full translation is – Amrita-hridhaya-anga-ashta-guhya-upadesha-tantra-nama   This means: The immortal nectar of the heart essence branch of the eighth secret oral tradition which is continuously protecting life.   Tibetan Medicine is […]