Tantric Jesus: The Erotic Heart of Early Christianity

Offering a new understanding of Jesus as guru and master of left-handed Tantra, James Reho, an Episcopal priest and tantric initiate, reframes the Christian story and restores to modern Christianity the tantric wisdom practices that were edited out of church tradition and forgotten over the centuries.  In the West, Tantra often evokes images of arcane rituals or acrobatic sexual positions, while in reality Tantra is a holistic transformative path of life, love, and being–grounded in practice.

He explains how tantric Christianity views the human body as the primary “temple” of the Holy, with erotic energy as the signature of Divine Presence within.  He reveals the similarities of the earliest Christian practices to the tantric yogas of India and Tibet and explores the role of Kundalini and the chakras. He details how to work with mantras, icons, and pranayama breathing exercises, as well as with gazing as a spiritual practice. Informed by the insights of ancient texts and early masters of Christian spirituality, he provides step-by-step instructions on how to practice Christian tantric sex with a life-partner of the opposite or same sex.

He reveals how these heart-opening practices are rooted in eros, the life of deep desire, expressive of God’s grace within us, and are still alive in monastic practices in the Christian East. Integrating his personal spiritual experiences, years of study of ancient Christian mysticism, and an expertise in yoga and tantra, he shows how we can re-engage the original truths of the early church to affirm the body as a holy vehicle and to utilize the energy of the erotic to achieve ecstatic union with the Divine.

Articles and Essays

James Reho has written a number of articles on spiritual topics for Parabola and Psychology Tomorrow:


In The Absence of the Body: Discipleship When the Guru Has Gone

Liberating God from Heaven: Theosis and Emergence Within Unitive Christianity

When God is a Sheep in Wolves’ Clothing: St. Anthony of Egypt and the Demons

Psychology Tomorrow:

Ten Days on a Cushion: Deep Meditation and the Search for Psychic Wholeness

Kirtan: Chanting the Names of God

Riding the Breath: Breathing as Spiritual Praxis


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