Vajra Yogini Daju or self initiation

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Recently I had monk friends from Gaden visit me. They had assisted me in the Vajra Yogini Self initiation rite that I had needed to do.

Extensive tormas and preparations were done. And the self initiation itself took around 7 glorious hours.

Self initiation purifies ones vows taken before, mends them, re affirms them, and powerful to purify many downfalls in general that prevent attainments from one’s practice. Also you may retake your mantra count commitment if it was broken.

You plant the 4 types of initiations into one’s mindstream. It is necessary for the Lama also to do daju prior to conferring Vajra Yogini’s initiation to others.

It is a powerful tantric practice to restore one’s practice from time to time to assure success in one’s sadhanas.


Kating Rinpoche (left), myself (centre) and Ven Losang (right). This photo was taken in my ladrang in front of the  beautiful shrine with 208 Lama Tsongkapas in the niches behind us. These two monks helped me with the sacred Vajra Yogini Daju and have returned. They are wonderful monks. I thank them so much.


LamaMyself about to begin the sacred Vajra Yogini Daju. The seats on my right are for the two venerable monks who are joining me for the Daju. In front is my personal altar with Holy Vajra Yogini and Manjushri in my room.

I am indeed fortunate that I was able to obtain this sacred practice from my enlightened master with full commentary and oral transmission. In the future, many of my students will engage in this sacred practice when the time is right. It is the most appropriate practice for people of this time.

It was indeed an honour and great blessing for me to do the daju. I felt extremely happy and blissful.

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25 Responses to Vajra Yogini Daju or self initiation

  1. Roland Yap on Apr 1, 2010 at 2:04 pm

    Nice.

  2. Bob on Apr 1, 2010 at 10:20 pm

    I don’t see other links. Are they available?
    Having done close retreat I’m qualified to do vajrayogini self-initiation.
    What I don’t have is the mandala and sindhura. Living in the US, I’m not quite sure how to obtain these.
    Great you can do this truly wonderful self-initation.

  3. Tsem Tulku Rinpoche on Apr 2, 2010 at 6:34 am

    Dear Bob,
    If you need help to obtain some items such as mandala and sindura, you may contact my PA Bengkooi for the items. Please go http://www.kechara.com for her email.
    Good luck to you.
    Tsem Tulku

  4. keng tan on Apr 3, 2010 at 7:47 am

    It would be great to be able to engage in this sacred practice one day. I will strife to do the pre-requisites to be ready for the day to come.

  5. K. Joey on Jun 11, 2010 at 1:31 am

    Dear Rinpoche,
    According to Je Rinpoche’s tradition, a practitioner should practise Yamantaka, Guhyasamaja and Heruka Chakrasamvara together. But, given the limited time and ability as a lay practitioner, do you think it is sufficient to just practise Vajrayogini?

  6. Tsem Tulku Rinpoche on Jun 11, 2010 at 2:43 am

    Dear K. Joey,
    What you say is exactly correct.To practice the three Kingly tantras is really the way to go. Due to time, obstacles, degeneration and laziness pervasive in our time, we find it difficult. If we do Vajra Yogini and go all the way with Her practice, it would be excellent. Many great Tantric Masters such as Pabongka Dechen Nyingpo, Kensur Lobsang Tharchin Rinpoche all recommend the same thing.
    Focus all your energy into every aspect of Her practice and you will be going the right direction.
    Tsem Tulku

  7. K.Joey on Jun 12, 2010 at 12:56 am

    Dear Rinpoche,
    Thanks so much for your reply. The question that has been staying in my mind for so many years finally get solved!
    In terms of Vajrayogini practice, (I don’t know whether this is a suitable place to raise this question), is training in clarity and divine pride more important than mantra recitation? Or the other way round? I heard one lama saying that, according to Zong Rinpoche’s advice, mantra recitation is most crucial in Vajrayogini sadhana. Please kindly advise me on this point as I am wondering how to balance these two aspects of practices in daily meditation

  8. Paris on Jul 6, 2010 at 1:46 am

    The VY daju was done on the first day of the Chinese New Year – and what a new year it was! The best one yet, in all the 28 measly ones I’ve ever previously “celebrated”.
    The final VY text that was transliterated, edited, proofed and laid out was almost 100 pages – and weeks of working with the monks to perfect it. As uninitiated practitioners, us students were not permitted to really read the prayers within, but I had the huge huge huge huge huge and amazing privilege of preparing the prayers. It was something just so super sacred to even touch the printed prayers and send them up to Rinpoche with a khata. I’m still excited just thinking about it now as I type this.
    At the end of the initiation, those of us who were still hanging around the ladrang (waiting for a spillover of blessings!) were invited up to Rinpoche’s room, where Rinpoche shared Dharma teachings with us and allowed us to partake a little in the offering tormas. OH LOVE LOVE LOVE! It was the biggest and happiest buzz to be there, in a little room full that was of Vajrayogini and dakinis.
    Please please, may we never be separated from this lineage and blessings, and by any tiny little merit I may have amassed from being (so fortunately) involved in this puja, may I please please be able to receive this practice in future, and bring that same bliss to others, so people can experience just as much joy as I did in that one little day.

  9. Irene Lim on Jul 7, 2010 at 2:04 pm

    How so very fortunate to have Vajrayogini initiation in this degenerate time! I pray I will have the merits to practice Vajrayogini in this life time.

  10. Shirley Tan on Jul 8, 2010 at 10:04 pm

    May we all truly have the great fortune to learn her Practice and become one with Vajrayogini, the great Queen of Bliss!
    However, just sitting around, doing nothing to change or improve isn’t going to get us there. Rinpoche has said many times that if we cannot even hold simple basic refuge vows and keep our Samayas with our Guru clean and well, then we can forget about getting the Vajrayogini initiations. If we can’t even walk well and we don’t even want to practise to do that well, why learn how to fly?
    I didn’t use to understand this – I thought we should all run to as many initiations as possible and collect as many blessings as possible, and somehow all our ‘sins’ will be cleansed. Right.
    I now understand why Rinpoche will not confer any higher practices. If we can’t even keep the simple ones and do them well, then we will incur even more bad karma by undertaking higher practices but not do them well, or not do them at all. We will create more negative karma this way.
    Hence, the Guru is very kind and is saving us from further karmic damage.The difference between Rinpoche and us – we see 7 hours of puja and we faint. Rinpoche sees it as pure bliss!
    So, if we are serious about Vajrayogini, then we have to get serious about everything we do in Dharma, for Dharma and go all the way.

  11. Susan Lim on Jul 9, 2010 at 3:56 am

    I remember that few weeks period, where Jamie, Sharon were pretty much away from KMP as they were working with the monks to transliterate the prayers. It was very challenging as I understand, esp non of our members have any knowledge of the Tibetan language. Thus, Jamie, Sharon, Shin and a few others were pretty much making up words to get as close to the what they hear. Pretty amazing feat!
    The monks were very patient to run through again and again on the prayers. Until that is perfected, then only they proceeded to learning how to setup the altar and the rituals… Every must know who much work and effort goes into acquiring the knowledge from these monks for Kechara House to be doing these prayers in the near future. Thank you special puja team for your efforts!

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  13. Knut Eggers on Sep 23, 2010 at 8:49 pm

    Wow… thanks for sharing this. I hope my daily practice is good enough.
    I will do the powerful Setrap mantra every single day in addition to the prostrations (I generally do around five) and the tea offering lyrics, so that he will help and assure me to be a good practicioner, even if I don’t have the complete knowledge on the whole Vadjra Yoghini practices – yet. Does that sound okay to you?

  14. Konchok Sherab Lhamo on Oct 9, 2010 at 10:54 am

    Rinpoche, how is this different for practice than the empowerment?

    • tsemtulku on Oct 9, 2010 at 11:08 am

      Empowerment is when you receive the sacred Vajra Yogini (Vy) practice from a lama.
      Daju is after you have received empowerment from a lama, then you do the retreats, fire puja and then you can perform the daju and empower yourself in order to purify your commitments and renew your commitments from time to time.
      I hope that helps. Tsem Tulku

  15. Konchok Sherab Lhamo on Oct 9, 2010 at 10:58 am

    Also, I received empowerment from H.H. Chetsang Rinpoche but I have yet to find suitable image of reality source for visualization. As I personally rely heavily in beginning of a new practice on an image, I have yet to get to far with my Vajrayogini practice though I have a tiny image of the red reality source at the moment. Also, my eyes are not so great so I like large high res images and only have the small Vajrayogini mandala. Do you know where I might find these images?

    Thank you.

    • tsemtulku on Oct 9, 2010 at 11:10 am

      I will upload a medium resolution image of the sacred Vajra Yogini mandala for your practice on my blog. Here is the link in which you can download a clearer picture of Her mandala: http://blog.tsemtulku.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/2010/09/14-vajra-yogini-hand-carved-stone-statue.html

      You may hence download from there. When you have received, you may leave a comment here.
      Remember, Vy’s mantra is the King Of Mantras. Do it diligently and do your tsok every two weeks. Good luck. Tsem Tulku

      • Konchok Sherab Lhamo on Oct 9, 2010 at 12:55 pm

        Thank you. That’s a beautiful mandala. And the red reality source? Where do you recommend I search for a high res image?

    • firefly on Oct 9, 2010 at 1:21 pm

      Hi Konchok, you should check if your lineage is the same as Vajra Yogini that Tsem Rinpoche is practising… i think it may not be, yours may be the Vajravarahi (Dorje Pakmo) lineage since you got it from HH Chetsang Rinpoche.

      • Konchok Sherab Lhamo on Oct 9, 2010 at 11:26 pm

        Thank you for your thoughtfulness! Actually for Vajrayogini practice in DRikung Kagyu either Vajravarahi or Vajrayogini are told to be okay. I have both images. In Vajrayogini I understand hand down with chopper subdues lower forces/realms/demons.

        May we all know the blessings of Vajrayogini and Vajravarahi! May we all awaken and know lasting well being!

        pictures of Vajra yogini and Vajra harahi:
        http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100001263408999

        • Konchok Sherab Lhamo on Oct 12, 2010 at 6:41 am

          Please delete past two comments. The pictures were removed. Thank you.

  16. CTW on Nov 12, 2010 at 11:05 pm

    Dear Rinpoche,

    I am very devoted to Vajrayogini practice, but I have severe wind imbalance whenever I intensely practise the long sadhana, especially when I am in retreat. My heart palpitation is horrifying, and sometimes, in my sleep, I feel my consciousness is shooting up to the crown. That’s a very terrible experience.

    I have consulted a few lamas and some recommended to switch to another extremely wrathful yidam. I have tried to follow their advices but my mind keeps on yearning for Vajrayogini. The urge is very strong and I feel I am at a crossroad.

    My root lama has done the great Vajrayogini retreat twice. When he passed away at Sera Je, another lama dreamt of dakinis packing up the belongings of my root lama. That has long been my driving force in perfecting my Vajrayogini practice.

    Against this background, would you please kindly let me know whether I should presevere in my Vajrayogini practice, keeping my chin up and bravely facing up to all the physical and mental disturbances?

  17. Riyajindi on May 18, 2013 at 4:52 pm

    Namaste Tsem Rinpoche,
    Wish your all efforts to uplift human society come true.I am Nepali boy from Kathmandu writing to you ,After I watched and listened about this diety and her practice from your teaching posted in youtube I made round going to Buddhanath Kechara Lounge and Narayanthan residence .Both found to be closed ,I really looking forward someday I am be able to practice this god willing.Thanku you for introducing very open and pragmatic way.
    Riyaj

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    9 months ago
  • Jamyang enjoying some fresh corn
    Jamyang enjoying some fresh corn
    Jamyang is one of our rescue birds that live in Kechara Forest Retreat Aviary
    9 months ago
  • The Cute Mumus Practising Dog Orchestra at Kechara Forest Retreat
    The Cute Mumus Practising Dog Orchestra at Kechara Forest Retreat
    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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Wai Meng was introducing Tibetan Buddhism to some of orang asli during our visit in Kampong Jantung Baru today. Kin Hoe
14 hours ago
The children at Kampong Jantung Baru were eagerly lining up and waiting for their turns to receive the stationaries from our Ipoh volunteers during the orang asli settlement visit today. Kin Hoe
15 hours ago
Mr. Patrick has been helping the orang asli in most of the villages area in Perak state for 20 years since his retirement. Rejoice for his selflessness and compassion towards the orang asli. Kin Hoe
15 hours ago
Our new volunteer Ms. Wai Ching has participated in our orang asli settlement visit today organized by Kechara Ipoh Study Group. She has distributed the stationaries to the children at Kampong Jantung Baru. Kin Hoe
15 hours ago
Through the kindness and blessings from Rinpoche, Kechara Ipoh Study Group has arrived at Kampong Jantung Baru, Kampong Pawong and Kampong Chiduk today. Our volunteers and members have distributed the groceries to the orang asli families. The other team has distributed the stationaries to the children as well. It was a rainy day and all of us were happy to participate in this virtuous activity. Kin Hoe
15 hours ago
Whatever activities we put so much import into actually is subjective when faced with death.~ H. E. Tsem Tulku Rinpoche_PB
16 hours ago
Fear the lies and don't fear the truth.~ H.E. Tsem Tulku Rinpoche_PB
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When we pursue spiritual practice, we must have the results of being tolerant & kind~ H.E. Tsem Tulku Rinpoche_PB
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Be appreciative of what you have before even that is taken away by death.~H.E.Tsem Tulku Rinpoche_Hee TS
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Death can be our enemy or friend depending what we do when we realize our mortality.‪~H.E.Tsem Tulku Rinpoche_Hee TS
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Baffling is samsara when we have not heard the dharma.~‪H.E.Tsem Tulku Rinpoche_Hee TS
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Kechara Penang Study Group members happily helping up in Flea Market to raise fund for Medicine Buddha Hill. Thank you for all the volunteers for the sincere help. -Soon Huat
18 hours ago
Our volunteers have started to segregate and pack for our orang asli settlement visit today at Kechara Ipoh chapel. They look energetic with kind hearts. Rejoice! Kin Hoe
21 hours ago
Wai Meng has started the briefing for our orang asli visit today in Kechara Ipoh chapel. We will head to Kampong Jantong Baru, Kampong Pawong and Kampong Chiduk. Kin Hoe
21 hours ago
More pictures of volunteers in Kechara Ipoh chapel for our orang asli settlement visit today organized by Kechara Ipoh Study Group. They are packing the stationaries for the children in the village where we will visit today. Kin Hoe
22 hours ago
Kechara Ipoh Study Group has started our orang asli settlement visit today. Our kind volunteers have helped us to carry the rice packets for segregation in our Kechara Ipoh chapel. Many thanks for their generosity and kindness. Kin Hoe
22 hours ago
We can go up or down, depending on our training.~ H. E. Tsem Tulku Rinpoche_PB
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Activities that fill our days daily reflect where our mind's focus is.~ H. E. Tsem Tulku Rinpoche_PB
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We can go our own way but what we do reflects our mind.~H. E. Tsem Tulku Rinpoche_PB
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Love can be interesting as it's never what you expect.~ H. E. Tsem Tulku Rinpoche_PB
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Sometimes you need to speak up & sometimes you don't. ~ H. E. Tsem Tulku Rinpoche_PB
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Happy Faces of Penang Study Group attending Setrap Puja for dedication of long life of our Guru, H.E. Tsem Tulku Rinpoche. There is a new member joining us today, her name is Neswari. She is wife of one of our members. It is great to see a couple joining puja and learn Dharma together. - Soon Huat
2 days ago
We should value our enemies because they provide us with unique opportunities to practice patience, tolerance and forbearance.~H.H.Dalai Lama_Hee TS
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All roads in samsara lead to a dead end, seek the dharma path. ~‪H.E.Tsem Tulku Rinpoche_Hee TS
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