Homage To The Headless Divine Lady

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An ordinary person couldn’t ever survive if their head was severed. The body would just go lifeless. In this extreme symbolism, Vajra Yogini shows that by cutting off the ego, samsara goes lifeless. This rare form of Vajra Yogini expressed that divine life can be achieved even if the head is severed (ego).

 

Homage to the Divine Lady,

Whom out of compassion,

emanates in myriads of forms

in this degenerate age to subdue our various minds.

Using the energy of desire, She attracts us to Her form,

then brings us to full liberation.

 

慈悲化现种种微妙相
末法世中降伏繁杂心
善用欲望摄见佛母身
而后令得圆满解脱境
故我顶礼至尊圣佛母
愿我世世不离无头母

 

May we never be seperated from the Noble Headless Lady.

Tsem Rinpoche

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20 Responses to Homage To The Headless Divine Lady

  1. Shirley Tan on Mar 20, 2010 at 2:22 am

    Before I knew HER, I was afraid of HER
    For SHE reflected all that was DARK and SINISTER in me
    When I began to learn about HER
    I began to learn more about myself
    SHE unlocks my desires and flaws
    To transform me, to cure me
    SHE turns darkness into light,
    Despair into Hope,
    Defeat into Courage,
    When I finally surrendered to HER
    SHE embraced me and brought me HOME.
    Vajrayogini is one super cool Goddess!

  2. Djinpa on Mar 20, 2010 at 10:19 pm

    I love vajrayogini she make me see the truth in my life everyday

  3. Beng Kooi on Jul 6, 2010 at 9:44 am

    I like the symbolism very much. The cutting of the head is immediately associated with death. And although I understand Rinpoche’s explanation, the thought of literally cutting off my head still generates some irrational fear in me.
    In some bizarre twisted logic, i think that fear of cutting off the head is mirrored by fear of letting go of ego. Perhaps if one was egoless, then death would not matter at all.
    I appreciate the symbolism of Headless Vajrayogini more now, as I see her still walking around and even drinking her own blood from her severed neck.
    Margaret painted this for Rinpoche – She’s very talented and more of her paintings can be seen here
    http://blog.tsemtulku.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/2010/07/margarets-fantastic-paintings.html

  4. Shirley Tan on Jul 10, 2010 at 3:49 am

    Margaret is exceptionally talented. I can only imagine that it is all thanks to Rinpoche that Margaret found the artist in her. Behold look what she can create for the world to see, learn and enjoy. Spirituality through the arts comprise of many levels, I guess.
    Symbolism plays a critical role in Tibetan Buddhism art. So much of the teachings are communicated through every line, curve and icons. It never fails to amaze me how they manage to put so much valuable information in a single picture. This is more like painting a thousand dharma discourses, not just a thousand words.
    Seeing this painting again I am also reminded of my own childhood. I used to have a few Barbie dolls. Strange thing is that I always enjoyed ripping their heads off, not so much of playing dress up and etc.
    And my idea of beauty is women with Ginger-coloured hair or what we call “Red heads”. I used to think that they were the most beautiful women in the world. Funny how we have certain inclinations towards certain things in life, even as a child. Perhaps this is what Rinpoche means by imprints from our past lives.
    It is wonderful that Kechara has its own resident artists who can bring spiritualism to another level, or even Buddhist art for that matter. It is certainly very different from the norm – yet again.
    Kecharians certainly find such interesting ways to deliver the Dharma to the mass audience.

  5. Knut Eggers on Oct 10, 2010 at 7:03 pm

    Dearest Tsem,
    I am a very unreliable person to my beloved and my teachers (whoever that may be at the time, I don’t know, but I always loved being with you, I know that)
    Shall I cancel my foolish and expensive travel plans and disappoint my beloved. No matter what I do, my decision is wrong and I will create Karma for myself out of my ignorance.
    Could you please give me some advice? I mean I regulary did the Vadjra Yoghini tea offering very often since you offered it to us, as well as the Setrap meditation, which has been a great blessing, too.
    Devoted and confused regards, Knut.

  6. Janice Kwok on Nov 11, 2010 at 1:38 pm

    Iconography, symbolism and many forms of the Buddhas and Deities in Tibetan Buddhist art is fascinating and brings teaching to the viewer on a new level. Before i started reading on Vajrayogini in the prayer card and the Kechara Prayer book, i couldnt understand what it was about. Slowly after reading a number of postings on this blog which included the teachings of Pabongka Rinpoche, i began to understand and appreciate very much Vajrayogini. Through KSA’s classes, i have also learnt more and making use of those lessons when i pray or read. This painting by Margaret is exquisite in interpretation and shows another form of Vajrayogini. Thank you Rinpoche for your infinite kindness and wisdom in encouraging Margaret and setting up KSA and other departments.

    with folded hands
    janice

  7. Rafael on Jan 26, 2011 at 5:16 pm

    when I first saw Vajra Yogini I was too a little afraid. And she always seem so far away in terms of practice. But the more I learn about her, the more I feel comfort just by looking at her image. I hope one day to be able to do her practice.

  8. lanse on Jun 18, 2012 at 2:17 am

    I like this picture a lot. I especially like this sentence “In this extreme symbolism, Vajra Yogini shows that by cutting off the ego, samsara goes lifeless.”

    Does it mean that the key to ultimate liberation is the cutting off of ego? And what does the sword means? Does it represent wisdom? We can cut off our ego if we have wisdom. And do the three streams of blood represent three poisons? If we cut off our ego, we can be free from three poisons too.

    Whatever it is, theory is just theory. The cutting off of ego needs true practice and realization. To me, it needs a lot of courage and pure faith. For every step we move, just like cutting off our own head, we can never do this if we think too much. The only way to achieve that is to strongly believe and just do it.

  9. Jay Jae on Sep 12, 2012 at 2:00 pm

    慈悲化现种种微妙相
    末法世中降伏繁杂心
    善用欲望摄见佛母身
    而后令得圆满解脱境
    故我顶礼至尊圣佛母
    愿我世世不离无头母

  10. Tarang Deshpande on Jan 19, 2013 at 1:54 am

    Namaskar Sir,
    I would like to say in Hinduism Chinnmasta (the above deity)is worshipped by the initiated under the guidance of the Guru , in order to annihilate the earthly bonds of attachments. She is a Mahavidya, therefore she is not to be worshipped by any one.

  11. Wylfred Ng on Nov 6, 2013 at 11:16 pm

    I like this form of Vajrayogini very much.
    Although my initial motivation when i join Kechara is not because of Vajrayogini, but this form of Vajrayogini really can remind me to let go off my ego.

    Thanks Rinpoche for the sharing.

  12. Sean Wang on Dec 15, 2013 at 10:10 am

    Vajrayogini’s headless form is extremely beautiful! She shows that we can still survive by cutting of our ego and Samsara and instead we will live happier. The artist for this image was amazing :D

  13. jerry_sito on Dec 15, 2013 at 6:04 pm

    感恩仁波切的开示与教诲

    仁波切总是非常用心与善巧的给予我们许多接触佛法,听闻佛法与参与佛法的方法,并常常给予我们许多强大的佛法种子,深深地种在我们的心里,让我们结下善因,但使能迈向更高的密续修持法,直达证悟

    然而尊贵的上师已经给予了我们方向,方法,与佛法,那么我们自己本身就应该好好的学习与实践佛法,我们常祈求上师常转法轮,然而倘若我们没有进入佛法修行的动力与想面对佛法法轮的话,那么我们所祈求上师常转法轮又是为了什么呢?倘若我们没有把佛法正真的运用与实践在我们自己的生活上,一些最基本的修心八颂,上师五十颂都无法做到,那么我们还能祈求上师给予我们什么法呢?因为倘若我们最基本的都无法完成,是无法迈向更高的密续修持法,如金刚瑜伽母的法门

    感恩仁波切您的开示与教诲,我们会好好学习的
    祈愿您长驻在世,常转法轮

  14. Sofi on Dec 16, 2013 at 5:37 pm

    When I first saw Vajrayogini, I was bemused by her. Hmm, is she really a Buddha, boldly displaying her nakedness wt dracula teeth and bowl of blood?? Yet she is captivatingly beautiful! As I learnt more of her, the more I understand….Vajrayogini is the very essence of realization and using her very body to capture our attention before converting our attention to the teachings of dharma. How fitting for this sensory space age. I pay homage to the lovely and bold red lady, whom I hope to receive her practise one day.

  15. Grace Leu (KHJB) on Dec 16, 2013 at 5:37 pm

    Thank you for Rinpoche ‘s sharing. Wishing that one day i can received Varjayogini practice .

  16. Ck siah on Dec 17, 2013 at 11:29 pm

    谢谢仁波切的开示与教诲, 学佛法就是要我们放下所有的执着和自大,要有大慈大悲的菩提心。还有密续修持法最重要的是对上师的依止心,尤其是续修金刚瑜伽母的法门。

  17. Julien Roth on Dec 24, 2013 at 10:55 am

    Its amazing how this lady could survive without her head. Rinpoche is right is saying that nobody else has the capability of doing this. And i never knew that Vajra Yogini had different forms. I always thought there was only one form. But a least know i know this form which symbolises the cutting of ego.

  18. Wan Wai Meng on Jan 10, 2014 at 7:26 pm

    Some symbolisms can convey the message so strongly. Vajrayogini iconography certainly convey messages in such a swift manner. Makes so much sense when the head of samsara is removed, samsara cannot survive anymore. There is also a form of Vajrayogini giving birth, giving birth Buddhas I can’t seem to find a picture for that right now.

  19. Casteven Lim (KH JB) on Feb 1, 2014 at 3:19 am

    Homage to Vajra Yogini…

    May we able to purified our negative karma by the preliminary practices or doing more Dharma works sincerely to getting closer to Varja Yogini…

  20. Gopinath Ulaganathan on Jun 19, 2014 at 11:17 am

    This is a beautiful pic of Mother Vajrayogini . In the Hindu Tantric tradition is called Chinnamasta or Chinnamunda and she is One of The Dasa Maha Vidhyas. There are 4 major Tantra schools originating from Ancient India. 1.) Kashmira Tantra 2.) Vamga Tantra 3.)Buddha Tantra 4.) Kerala Tantra . within the HIndu schools of Tantra SHE has a very very very special and a extreemly utmost secret place, in sanskrit these secret forms and worship are called GUHYA and there are very Highly Enlightened and attain forms are collectively called DASA MAHA VIDHYAS ( Ten Supreme Knowledge)which consist of 10 Godesses and within this MAHAVIDHYAS in Hindu tantra this particular form is One of the secretly revered and extreemely secret which can only be revealed by a GURU SISHYA (Guru diciple) relationship.

    http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/thumb/b/b6/Bengali_Chinnamasta.jpg/220px-Bengali_Chinnamasta.jpg

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    Today the Mumus (dogs) decided to do a dog orchestra rehearsal together with the Kechara Forest Retreat (KFR) dogs.
    10 months ago
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    Gongkar is our new bird for Kechara Forest Retreat's aviary. Gongkar never had friends and the original owner could not bring him to his destination. Now he is with us and assimilating in his cage within the aviary for a few weeks then released into aviary. Look at how much he wants attention from the other birds. Cute. Tsem Rinpoche
    1 years ago
  • Mumu, Oser and Dharma running and having a good time. I love seeing them playing. Tsem Rinpoche
    Mumu, Oser and Dharma running and having a good time. I love seeing them playing. Tsem Rinpoche
    1 years ago
  • Mumus running at Kechara Forest Retreat
    Mumus running at Kechara Forest Retreat
    1 years ago
  • Kechara Forest Retreat panorama, September 2013
    Kechara Forest Retreat panorama, September 2013
    1 years ago
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    Dechog our cockatoo at Kechara Forest Retreat grabbing long beans which he loves. Nice bird. We love him. Tsem Rinpoche
    2 yearss ago
  • The mumus having outdoor evening stroll!!!
    The mumus having outdoor evening stroll!!!
    2 yearss ago
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    17 May 2013, heavy rain at Kechara Forest Retreat from 7am-8am (1 hour). Water overflowed the existing drain and also opened up a much wider new "route" for itself.
    2 yearss ago
  • Must see video from Rajendra on our disciplined dogs
    Must see video from Rajendra on our disciplined dogs
    2 yearss ago

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Don't assume anything about anyone, just keep our minds open. ~ ‪H.E.Tsem Tulku Rinpoche_Hee TS
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When we can help someone, why not ‪H.E.Tsem Tulku Rinpoche_Hee TS
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Whatever we do in samsara has to be abandoned sooner or later. Do dharma.~ H. E. Tsem Tulku Rinpoche_PB
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Resplendent is the one without attachments or grasping.~ H. E. Tsem Tulku Rinpoche_PB
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There is enlightenment when we surrender our petty attachments. ~ H.E. Tsem Tulku Rinpoche_PB
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Lovely picture of Mr.Mrs Teh inviting 20"Lama Tsongkapa from Kechara House gompa. Lucy Yap
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The fact of the matter is this – we all should be treated equally and there should never be rules and regulations against us as people or citizens based on our religious beliefs. Whether our religious beliefs are accepted or considered accurate interpretations, we are still people underneath. We all need food, love, compassion and deserve inalienable birth rights such as freedom of choice. No leader, whether secular or religious, should ever be allowed to take that away from us. ~ I pray to what I want to http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/inspiration-worthy-words/i-pray-to-what-i-want-to.html Join us as we discuss this interesting topic on blog chat http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/chat Date: USA Friday 19th Dec @7pmPST & M’SIA Saturday 20th Dec @11amGMT+8 (Joy)
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Pastor Adeline shared the second week of the topic"I pray to what I want to"with Kechara staffs.The discussion is from Rinpoche's blog post. http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/chat. Lucy Yap
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There is no life when we live to bring pain to others and ourselves.~H. E. Tsem Tulku Rinpoche_PB
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Attachments are simply objects we mistakenly believe brings undending happiness.~H.E. Tsem Tulku Rinpoche_PB
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We have to be ready to change if we are looking for a teacher otherwise stay hidden.~ H.E. Tsem Tulku Rinpoche_PB
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: We have walked far but there is still farther to go.~‪H.E.Tsem Tulku Rinpoche_Hee TS
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Fear the lies and don't fear the truth. ~‪H.E.Tsem Tulku Rinpoche_Hee TS
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Whatever activities we put so much import into actually is subjective when faced with death.~‪H.E.Tsem Tulku Rinpoche_Hee TS
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