Heruka’s eye (胜乐金刚之眼)
His Holiness Kyabje Pabongka Rinpoche was one of the most famous, sought-after and extremely powerful teachers of recent times in Tibet. Pabongka Rinpoche comes from a long line of incarnations stemming back to the tutors of the emperors of China, such as His incarnation as Changkya Rolpe Dorje. As Pabongka Tulku, this attained master is counted as the third of His incarnation lineage but prior to His name and recognition as Pabongka Tulku, He has had innumerable incarnations.
When Pabongka Rinpoche taught in Tibet, thousands would come from all over the region to attend His teachings as they were very famous and heartfelt. Unlike many teachers who would teach from scholarly knowledge, Pabongka Rinpoche taught from deep experiential insights from His meditations. This means Pabongka Rinpoche meditated and practised based on the texts, and received signs, attainments and indications through His practice. Then, from these qualities, He taught extensively and His teachings touched people very deeply.
Many great lamas such as His Holiness Kyabje Trijang Rinpoche, His Holiness the Dalai Lama, His Holiness Kyabje Zong Rinpoche and His Holiness Ling Rinpoche have remarked decisively that Pabongka Rinpoche was a great Lamrim lama, a great lama of Lojong teachings and a great lama who had become one with Heruka. When we say that He has become one with Heruka, it means that Pabongka Rinpoche’s mind has become one with the yidam (meditational deity) Heruka. Heruka and Pabongka Rinpoche have melded into one or they have become inseparable. Therefore, this lama is a very special being who has received high attainments through the Heruka tantra in order to become fully attained. Pabongka Rinpoche’s incarnation still lives amongst us now.
This group of pictures shows the retreat place of the previous Pabongka Rinpoche in Tibet. It is where He meditated and it is very well-kept even until now in the Lhasa vicinity. You can see Pabongka Rinpoche’s altar and His personal Vajrayogini statue which He worshipped very strongly. During His retreats, a third eye of Heruka appeared spontaneously in the cave. People offered to have the eye painted with gold and to highlight this special occurrence. In His cave, a natural water spring also appeared while He was meditating. If you listen carefully, the dripping sound it makes is the sound of Vajrayogini’s mantra. Vajrayogini and Heruka are one and inseparable; Vajrayogini is the condensed form of Heruka’s practice and Heruka is the extended form of Vajrayogini’s practice. They are represented as male and female Buddhas but actually they are one.
There are many features in this cave which, whenever we have a chance, make it a good pilgrimage spot to visit, to do retreats, to make offerings at and to make connections to this great lama. If we are in Tibet, we should definitely be in the line to visit Pabongka Rinpoche’s cave and make offerings so that we may be blessed by His Holiness Pabongka Rinpoche, Heruka and Vajrayogini.
帕鹏喀仁波切在西藏传法时，前来领受佛语的听众可达千万人。仁波切所开示的佛法非常精彩，其开示内容摄动人心。仁波切的佛法开示与其他上师不同, 仁波切的佛理教导是由自己体悟而讲解, 而不只是直译经典的内容。 这表示帕鹏喀仁波切把所学习的佛法再进一步的深入思维和禅观, 从其禅观体悟佛法的真谛。仁波切讲解的佛法与所用的方式深深的触动人们的心。
金刚瑜伽佛母的法门是胜乐金刚密续的简缩所修成, 而胜乐金刚密续是金刚瑜伽佛母的广修法门, 所以两者是无二无别的。胜乐金刚化现的双身像(佛父佛母的男女之分)，但实际上是一如无二的。
Images courtesy of: 大耗子
For more interesting information:
- H.H. KYABJE PABONGKA RINPOCHE (1878–1941)
- Incomparable Kyabje Pabongka Rinpoche
- Did you know this about Pabongka Rinpoche?
- Holy and Profound Pabongka Rinpoche
- Kyabje Pabongka Rinpoche in Tantric Dress
Please support us so that we can continue to bring you more Dharma:
If you are in the United States, please note that your offerings and contributions are tax deductible. ~ the tsemrinpoche.com blog team