Power Tools and Safeguards: Tibet’s Virtual Reality for Enlightenment

Virtual reality technology is on the cutting edge in our modern culture and will create a whole new way of experiencing the world for future generations; one that will forevermore blur the lines between reality and fantasy. Virtual Reality (VR) and Augmented Reality (AR) are only the latest iteration of humankind’s attempt to use technology to harness the power of creative imagination to shift perception. One might argue that the sophisticated visualization practices of the Kashmiri Shaivite and Tibetan Vajrayana Buddhist traditions, each over two thousand years old, represent our earliest power tools to engineer advantageous virtual reality simulations. Moreover, each system offers safeguards against misuse that are as relevant to spiritual practitioners today as they were centuries ago. 

These ancient visualization practices and the contemplative science that underpin them are in remarkable alignment

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