Recommended Reading

General books on the tantric path

The Heart of Tantric Sex: A Unique Guide to Love and Sexual Fulfillment - Diana Richardson
This is a good book for those who need a complete introduction and a great book for couples who are struggling with their relationship. There is a large focus on trust and communication as well as emotional healing. A great book for those who are genuinely in love, but feel they need help. Some tantra guides seem very clinical. This author really feels like she's speaking from a very deep personal journey. She shares her heart and soul as well as her intimate knowledge of how bodies work. I recommend this book to anyone who wants to put the principles of tantra into practice and succeed.

The Love Keys - The Heart of Ecstatic Sex - Diana Richardson
The authoress describes a Tantra based approach and philosophy of love and sexuality and provides exercises - the Love Keys of the title - for exploring and opening to these states. The book is refreshingly straightforward, so the reader is supported in a clear understanding. The main lesson is to slow down and move away from urgency; "ejaculation at 5 seconds or 30 minutes is still premature". There is a strong emphasis on becoming conscious of what works for the individual/s over adherence to rules or rigid formulae, and readers are encouraged to explore the Keys in any order that works for them. There is also a very interesting exposition on energetic polarity and magnetism and how it generally differs between men and women. Everyone can benefit from further education in love and sex and The Love Keys makes an excellent guide for the novice and the experienced alike.

Tantric Sex for Men - Making Love a Meditation  - Diana Richardson
This book explains the true difference of just having sex versus making love - the physical,emotional and spiritual union of woman and man. What a different  It takes so much pressure off men to "perform" and brings to light the lovely way our genitals communicate if you can just relax and be conscious of the moment.

Tantric Sex for Women - Diana and Michael Richardson

Tantric Love - Feeling versus Emotion - Diana and Michael Richardson

The Path to Blissful Sex - Leora Lightwoman
Tantra is a celebration and awakening of sexuality, love and life that embraces our spiritual essence. This guide explains what Tantra is and how it can change your life and your relationships. It focuses on sexual intimacy as an opportunity for healing and transformation, joy and bliss.

Beyond Tantra - Healing Through Taoist Sacred Sex - Mieke & Stephan Wik
Beyond Tantra is a Western introduction to the world of Sacred Sexuality. Unlike many of the existing Tantric and Taoist books and workshops that do not provide information on how to easily incorporate their traditions into normal lives, this handbook is a practical, down-to-earth guide designed to make Sacred Sex techniques accessible to every woman and man. Starting with an overview of some of the many ancient traditions that have used sexual energy as a method of healing and spiritual development, Beyond Tantra provides practical information on how to begin exploring these methods both as an individual and within a relationship. The book is interspersed with real, often humorous, stories from the authors\' own journey and their personal discoveries in this field.

Tantra: Path of Ecstasy - George Feuerstein & Marek Kohn
In Tantra, the world is the union of the male and female as manifested in human life as sexual and spiritual love. Sexuality becomes a form of meditation, a sacred and magical act. Tantra is millennia old, yet brings us a fresh vision of ourselves, our life, and the world. It is exotic and archaic yet close to our own roots. Van Lysebeth\'s book reveals secret sexual techniques to enhance relationships and open the doors of perception. He also explores how the repression of the feminine in the world\'s patriarchal cultures is the esoteric cause of the modern world\'s crisis. Van Lysebeth\'s book, illustrated with eight colour pages of Indian paintings drawn from the Tantric experience, is for all readers looking for new dimensions and understanding in their lives.

Kama Sutra: Including the Seven Spiritual Laws of Love (Soft Cover) - Deepak Chopra
Acclaimed bestselling author Deepak Chopra explores the universal themes of spirituality and sexuality in a dynamic new way. "The Kama Sutra" is not only a treatise on sexual pleasure; it also elevates the carnal experience to new heights of spiritual ecstasy. Taking the sexual experience to a new echelon of understanding and insight, Chopra explores transcendence through the most primal instinct we have. Deepak Chopra's loyalty to the original "Kama Sutra" and ability to find its sacredness makes this unique book a modern classic and a definitive version for generations to come.

Deepak Chopra's Kama Sutra (Hard Cover)
This title brings together India's greatest living writer and most cherished text. For the first time, acclaimed bestselling author Deepak Chopra explores the universal themes of spirituality and sexuality in a dynamic - even controversial - new way. "The Kama Sutra" is not only a treatise on sexual pleasure; it is also a spiritual text that elevates the carnal experience to new heights of spiritual ecstasy. Taking the sexual experience to a new echelon of understanding and insight, Chopra explores transcendence through the most primal instinct we have. Deepak Chopra's loyalty to the original "Kama Sutra" and ability to find its sacredness makes this unique book a modern classic and a definitive version for generations to come. Chopra's readership is legendary and loyal and as he turns to the topic of sexual intimacy and pleasure for the first time, he is certain to broaden his appeal even further. This beautiful volume is certain to be one of his bestselling books ever.

Tantric Love: A Nine Step Guide into turning Lovers into Soulmates - Ma Ananda Sarita & Swami Anand Geho

Tantric Love: Journey into Sexual and Spiritual Ecstacy - Ma Ananda Sarita & Swami Anand Geho
For most people, Tantra is known as a method of improving sexual performance. The real Tantra is muxch more than this - it is an ancient way of finding our true selves and enriching our relationships. Tantic Love follows Tantra in its purest sense, presenting a practical, step-by-step guide that will not only help you discover a deeper understanding of yourself but will also show you how you can achieve a loving, long-lasting relationship with your partner.

Ecstatic Sex: A Guide to the Pleasures of Tantra - Ma Ananda Sarita & Swami Anand Geho
Illustrated with beautiful full-color photos, this authentic, accessible introduction to Tantric sex is a contemporary Kama Sutra, designed to open a whole new world of sexual possibilities.

Tantric Sex: Making Love Last - Cassandra Lorius
The essential guide to using and enhancing Tantric sexual energy. Switch off the mind, awaken all the senses and become aware of your whole body. Tantra, known as the Tao of Love in China, is an Eastern path to self-development. Within Tantric thought, sexual energy is a key dimension of our bodies vital life force -- and it's an energy which needs to be harmonised if we are to live life happily and fullfil our true potential. The Tantra involves letting your mind go and becoming more expressive through your body -- Tantric Sex introduces the essentials of this simple, life enhancing erotic tradition. Rather than prescribing a set of impractical 'adventurous' sexual positions, the Tantra nurtures intimacy, sexual and emotional self-confidence, and the healthy development of sexual energy flow through the whole body. As the mind and body become harmonised, communication skills, personal creativity and spontaneity will be positively boosted by Tantric sex. Long term couples can find new, deeper and spiritual ways of expressing their sexuality and the healing of past sexual or emotional hurts will be encouraged too. Some of the subjects in the book: The union of male and female principles, The liberation of repressed sexual energy - how to free your soul to fulfill it\'s potential, How to tap into our natural fiery energy and discover a great lust for life. How to use meditation, visualisation and fantasy to improve sexual and emotional confidence within a couple and in daily life.

Finding the Lover Within - Julie Hendsrson

Sexual Secrets: twentieth anaversery eddition: The Alchemy of Ecstasy -Nik Douglas & Penny Slinger
With more than one million copies sold and trasnlations into twenty languages, Sexual Secrets continues to be the definitive, all encompassing text on sacred sexuality. The distillation of more than two thousand years of practical techniques for enhancing sexual awareness and achieving the transcendental experience of unity, Sexual Secrets exlores the path of love and mysticism, making accessible the sexual mysteries of the East. Illustrated with more than six hunderd color and black & white paintings and illustrations - the most comprehensive and diverse collection of images expressing the eotic sentiment ever assembled.

Autobiographical Books about the Tantric Path

Tantric Awakening - A Woman's Initiation into the Path of Ecstacy - Valerie Brooks
TANTRIC AWAKENING discloses an epic experience of tantra that few have achieved, and even fewer would dare to attempt. This is the story of a 19-year-old girl, disillusioned by the questions that her religion and society fail to answer, who courageously enters the sensuous rituals of tantric sex. In search of authentic knowledge, Brooks was admitted into secret societies where she learned firsthand the ways of the tradition from tantric adepts. Amid disapproval from family and friends, her body and spirit awaken to ecstatic levels of orgasmic pleasure that allow her to experience loving relationships, better health, and a deep sense of oneness with God. A personal and intimate portrait, TANTRIC AWAKENING is tastefully written to reveal not only the ecstatic power and spiritual benefits of tantra, but also the pitfalls, problems, and temptations of this path toward enlightenment. With the inclusion of specific tantric sexual techniques the author shows how to use tantra to balance the spirit with the physical self in order to achieve personal empowerment, transforming fear and self-doubt into joy and self-confidence.

Tantric Quest: An Encounter With Absolute Love - Daniel Odier
The author reveals his passionate experiences with a Tantric master who taught him the suppressed practices of her ancient order. In 1968 Daniel Odier went to the Himalayas in search of spirituality and passion and found both in Shivaic Tantrism, the secret spiritual path that seeks to rediscover the divine by embracing the passions. Through Devi, a great yogini, Odier learned what it is to truly be alive and to know the divine nature of absolute love.

Books by Margo Anand

The Art of Everyday Ecstasy - Margo Anand
This is a wonderful book for practical explanations and exercises for personal practice. It is a bit dry to read, but well worth buying if you are earnest about taking up tantric practice.

The Sexual Ecstasy Workbook: The Path of Skydancing Tantra - Margot Anand
An illustrated workbook to Tantric lovemaking by the best-selling author of Sexual Ecstasy and The Art of Sexual Ecstasy counsels readers on how to overcome such challenges as communication obstacles, busy schedules, and insecurity.

Sexual Ecstacy: The Art of Orgasm - Margo Anand
Anand offers an illustrated, step-by-step guide to giving magical orgasms to one\'s partner. The book aims to bring fresh awareness to sensitive areas, dissolve psychological and emotional blocks to orgasm, enhance communication, and teach men and women their responsibilities in achieving and helping each other to achieve pleasure.

The Art of Sexual Magic - Margo Anand
This book shows couples how to increase their physical and spiritual energy during sex and channel it into their professional lives, using a series of exercises based on ancient rituals.

Sexual Magic Meditations - Margo Anand
This book draws on the traditions of Eastern cultures to offer four step-by-step meditations that explore the sacred dimensions of sexuality.

Tantric, Eastern Mythology & Godess Art Books

Yoga Spandakarika: The Sacred Texts at the Origins of Tantra - Daniel Odier
The sacred dance of Yoga Spandakarika, Tandava, is extremely subtle and difficult. Once mastered, the yogi or yogini is able to manifest the dance of Shiva, a tradition visible in the statuary of Tantric temples in India and Tibet. Daniel Odier passes on these vanishing teachings as he received them from his Tibetan master, Kalu Rinpoche, and Kashmiri yogi Lalita Devi.

Tantric Reiki - Gail Radford
TANTRIC REIKI is one of the best-kept secrets among Reiki masters. It is a unique Reiki method whose objective is to join a pair of lovers together with the power of all embracing Reiki energy and to increase the amount of love and the intensity of the sexual experience to a practically indescribable extent. This book reveals Reiki's deepest secrets of love and sex. It teaches about tantric sex and the erotic points in the body, the flow of sexual energy, and the reinforcement of Kundalini power. It also offers a series of exercises for cultivating love and sexuality.

Passionate Enlightenment: Women in Tantric Buddhism -Miranda E. Shaw
Tantric Buddhims is known in the West primarily for the sexual practices of its adherents, who strive to transform erotic passion into spiritual ecstasy. Historians of religion have long held that the enlightenment thus attempted was for men only and that women were at best marginal and subordinated and at worst degraded and exploited. This book argues to the contrary, presenting evidence of the outspoken and independent female founders of the Tantric movement and their creative role in shaping its vision of gender relations and sacred sexuality. This book won the American Historical Assocation's 1994 James Henry Breasted Prize and the 1994 "Tricycle" Prize for Buddhist Scholarship.

Eros, Consciousness, and Kundalini: Deepening Sensuality through Tantric Celibacy and Spiritual Intimacy - PH D. Sovatsky; Stuart Sovatsky
In this extraordinary celebration of the erotic, Dr. Stuart Sovatsky introduces us to the Tantric art of sexual sublimation, in which sexual energy is redirected toward achieving higher awareness and an erotic satisfaction far beyond that possible through sexual intercourse. The potential reasons for exploring Tantric celibacy are many -- including the desire to deepen a life partnership, to gain a new level of mastery over one's body, to heal the emotional scars of sexual abuse, to practice safe sex, or to explore the intimate relationship between spirituality and sexuality. Exercises based on yoga, kundalini, and chakra meditation make Eros, Consciousness, and Kundalini a practical guide to the world of Tantric celibacy. By transcending the boundaries of conventional sexuality, one can learn to harness the divine energy -- glimpsed for only an instant by most people -- that is at the heart of all erotic yearning.

The Erotic Sentiment in the Paintings of India and Nepal - Nik Douglas & Penny Slinger
A full colour collection of Eastern erotic art that presents lovemaking as a highly spiritual expressionIn Eastern cultures, it was customary to present collections of erotic art called pillow books to newlyweds. This full-color edition showcases the finest examples of this art from China and Japan, accompanied by selections of Taoist verse.

The Goddess - Power, Sexuality and The Feminine Divine - Shahruck Husain
The Mother Goddess who embodies all the processes of nature has proved to be one of the most influential images of the modern era. This book traces the course of Goddess workshop in different cultures and provides a rich and fascinating context for understanding the many aspects of the divine female principle. The book includes superb full-colour pictures from around the world, showing art, artefacts and architecture as well as images of festivals and ceremonies.

Virago Book of Erotic Myths and Legends - Shahsukh Husain
Uncovering a wealth of lore from diverse cultures around the world, Shahrukh Husain has gathered together an anthology to delight and entice. Through subtle reworking, these erotic tales are given new expression whilst remaining faithful to the original texts. From the rapturous sexual awakening of Inanna and the bitter-sweet passion of Krishna and Radha, to Hera's deceit of Zeus in order to reassert her sexual power and bring back excitement to her troubled marriage, this collection of sexual encounters ranges from the holy, passionate, and dutiful to the forbidden, earthy and humorous.

The Kama Sutra Illuminated: Erotic Art of India - Andrea Marion Pinkney
This lavishly produced, oversized volume is the first illustrated version of the classic Sanskrit text. Reproduced here are full-color artworks ranging from temple decoration and bronze sculpture to cave frescoes.

Tantric Visions of the Divine Feminine: The Ten Mahavidyas - David R. Kinsley
Drawing on a broad range of Sanskrit and vernacular texts as well as extensive research in India, including written and oral interpretations of contemporary Hindu practitioners, this text describes the unusual qualities of each of the ten Mahavidyas - Hindu tantric goddesses. Many of the Mahavidyas are associated with sexuality and violence and embody habits, attributes, or identities usually considered repulsive or socially subversive and viewed as "anti-models" for women. The text traces the parallels between the underlying themes between the goddesses and considers how they can act as "awakeners" - symbols which help to project one's consciousness beyond the socially acceptable or predictable.

Lust for Enlightenment: Buddhism and Sex -John Stevens
Buddhism has, over the centuries, responded to the demands of the basic life forms in a variety of fascinating ways sometimes suppressing the sexual urge, sometimes sublimating it, sometimes cultivating it and, on the highest levels, sometines transforming it. This book reveals how Buddhists, beginning with Shakyamuni Buddha himself, relate to the "inner fire" that drives mankind. Included are chapters on the Buddha's love life before enlightenment and his later relationships with women, the tantric approach to sex among Buddhists of ancient India, China, and Japan, Zen in the art of love and a positive discussion of women and Buddhism.