In the tech world, a “killer app” is a single program so compelling that people will buy a whole system just to run it. For example, many people bought the Xbox to play the game Halo. Some bought early smartphones for Google Maps with GPS. Then they found other uses…
Mindfulness meditation has been the killer app for mainstream modern Buddhism. Its benefits were so obvious that millions of people bought into Buddhism just to learn it.
Could modern tantric Buddhism have a killer app?
It would need to be:
- obviously effective
- with clearly different results from mindfulness meditation
- easy to learn
- easy to practice, requiring minimal time, equipment, or preparation
- naturalistic and secular—not supernatural or overtly religious
- teachable by people with relatively modest qualifications
I have defined the method of Buddhist tantra as “unclogging energy by uniting spaciousness and passion,” so that’s how the killer should work. I’ve defined the aim as “mastery, power, play, and nobility,” so that’s what the killer app should produce.
(How many people would buy into a whole system to get that?)
Surprisingly, there is a practice that might deliver on all those promises. It is one of the “windhorse” practices of Shambhala Training.