& The Invocation of Ra-Hoor-Khuit in the manner of the Buddhist Mahayoga Tantras
by Sam Webster
|Publisher:||Concrescent Press (February 2, 2010)|
Reviewed by Frater U.I.F.
Tantric thelema & the Invocation of Ra-Hoor-Khuit in the manner of the Buddhist Mahayoga Tantras meets all the criteria for an exceptional modern thelemic work. It is concise and forthright, not indulging in mystical or obfuscated language and concepts. It is also unique and definitive in regards to it's content. Moreover, this short but substantial book is practical and is almost entirely made up of actionable practices that span traditions and enrich both thelema and general spirituality.
Author Sam Webster presents his material as a series of messages directed to his romantic partner. As such, each section opens like a letter to a lover. While it seems as if this would become tiresome, it does add some creative warmth to the book and further highlights the commonly accepted image of an enlightened master. this of course is also tempered with the concept of Agape in thelema uniting the lovers and reminding them that they were only divided for the chance of union. this melding of concepts from both thelema and Buddhism is what inspired the creation of this small volume.
Webster first introduces us to the Buddhist practice of "Taking Refuge." this is a recommended practice for a beginner and gives instruction on how to ask for help from deities, ancestors, etc., how to receive that help and then to share it with the collective consciousness of all humanity. this simple practice may appear to be quite a bit more Buddhist than thelemic but in the succeeding practices, the two paths are entwined quite deftly.
Much of Tantric thelema rests upon a series of prayers and practices which build upon each other, culminating in A thelemic Phowa, a practice that is akin to conscious death. It allows consciousness to escape the fulcrum as it will upon physical death. For any reader of comparative religion, general occultism, thelema or Buddhism I would highly recommend Tantric thelema. It holds an excellent set of teachings, practices and adaptations. It's true strength is it's immediate and painless efficacy for those who actually perform the practices that Webster has compiled.