13-Deity Yamantaka by H.H. Kyabje Zong Rinpoche
Dear friends around the world,
If you do not have this initiation, please do not proceed to read. To study higher tantra such as Yamantaka cycle of teachings, it is required to receive full initiation from a qualified teacher. Then why post here? Because for those who have the initiations and they should need this information, it is available easily for them. In any Gelug monastic library, the teachings of Yamantaka are available but you must have initiation in order to study them. You can download the audio and teachings for future use and to keep as a blessing, that would be fine too. His Holiness Kyabje Zong Rinpoche in this 12-hour explanation of 13-Deity Yamantaka is precise and very detailed for the lucky practitioner. His Holiness Kyabje Zong Rinpoche was a fully seasoned master of tantra and Yamantaka’s path. Anyone with merits has the fortune to listen to his explanation and it is fully translated into English.
I wish you luck and good fortune. May the blessings of Lord Yamantaka who is no other than Manjushri be upon you. May all impurities be purified and the paths to enlightenment be fully complete.
His Holiness Kyabje Zong Rinpoche’s commentary
on the sadhana of 13-Deity Yamantaka
In Vajrayana Buddhism, Vajrabhairava, also known as Yamantaka, is a wrathful, buffalo-headed meditational deity (Tib: yi-dam) of the Highest Yoga Tantra class. Vajrabhairava is one of the principal three meditational deities of the Gelug school (Tib: gsang bde ‘jigs gsum; the others are Chakrasamvara and Guhyasamaja). He is also one of the main yidams in the Sakya school where he comes in a variety of appearances (with different mandalas). In both schools Vajrabhairava is seen as the wrathful manifestation of Manjushri, the buddha of wisdom.
In the other schools of Tibetan Buddhism Yamantaka seems to be mostly revered as a protector. The (mostly secret and arcane) practices there involve different activities for various purposes. There are also some Yamantaka terma revelations in the Nyingma and Kagyu schools. From amongst the many lineages of practice to enter Tibet the main transmissions of Vajrabhairava were those of the two translators Ra Lotsawa and Mal Lotsawa. Although practiced early on in Tibet by the Sakya and Kagyu Traditions, it was Tsongkapa, founder of the Gelug Tradition, who instituted Vajrabhairava as the principal Gelugpa meditation practice. Within Gelugpa, Yamantaka comes in two basic forms: (1) as Solitary Hero (Skt: Ekavira; Tib: ‘jigs-byed dPa’-bo gcig-pa), and (2) in union with his consort Vajravetali, called the “13-Deity Yamantaka” (because of the twelve more deities in his mandala; Tib: ‘jigs-byed Lha-bcu-gsum). The attributes of the main deity are the same in both forms.
The Vajrabhairava Tantra belongs to the father tantra using negative emotions such as anger and hatred as the path. Vajrabhairava is powerful enough to overcome and subdue even the most powerful negative emotions. Visualizing oneself in this highly energetic form of the yidam is said to help conquer and transform such negative emotions: “Like other wrathful deities, Yamantaka gives the forces of the Shadow [in the Jungian sense] a symbol that hooks their energy and provides a channel and direction for their expression and transformation” (Preece, p. 187).
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For more interesting information:
- The Zong Rinpoche category on my blog
- The Tsongkhapa category on my blog
- H.H. Kyabje Zong Rinpoche’s biography
- Kyabje Zong Rinpoche’s rare teachings
- Kyabje Zong Rinpoche: Birth, Death & Bardo
- High Resolution Images of Yamantaka
- Advice to a YAMANTAKA Initiate
- Ra Lotsawa the Yamantaka hero
- Yanga Rinpoche
- Cosmic Tantra
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