1.Edition：Reprint, illustrated 2.Author inf：Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche (1939-1987)--meditation master, scholar, and artist--was well-known throughout the United States, Cana, and Europe as a Buddhist teacher as well as founder and president of Vajrhatu, Naropa Institute, and Shambhala Training.
A Western and a Tibetan specialist explain the origins, history，principles, practices, and applications of the Buddhist tantric tradition of Tibet. Westerners wanting to know about the Buddhist tantra of Tibet have often had to work with speculation and fancy. In The Dawn of Tantra the reader meets a Tibetan meditation master and a Western scholar whose grasp of Buddhist tantra is real and unquestionable.
In their collaboration，Herbert Guenther and Chogyam Trungpa offer a balanced view of their subject that avoids the extremes of arid scholarship and facile psychology. In the words of Trungpa Rinpoche，"Professor Guenther and I decided that the best way for us to approach the subject of tantra together is for him to deal with the prajna, or knowledge aspect of it，and for me to deal with the upaya, the skillful means or actual application aspect of it."
The resulting discussion is both true to the intent of the ancient Tibetan teachings and relevant to the everyday world of contemporary Westerners. Herbert V. Guenther，Ph.D.，is Professor Emeritus in the Department of Far Eastern Studies at the University of Saskatchewan. He is the translator and author of many books and articles on Buddhist thought.