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The three or more heads of the upper area of the phurba indicate the collection of energies that the jhankris use. For these cases the point of the phurba blade is dipped into a glass or a bowl of water, turned and stirred. The sick child is then given the magically charged water as medicine to drink.

The wrathful heruka Vajrakilaya is a meditation deity who embodies the energetic 'activity' Wylie: phrin las of all the buddhas, manifesting in a powerful and wrathful yet compassionate form in order to subjugate the delusion and negativity that can arise as obstacles to the practice of Dharma. A dagger that is so sharp it can pierce anything, while at the same time nothing can pierce it.

That is the quality. This sharp and piercing energy is what is used to practice and out of the many infinite, endless Vajrayana methods this happens to be one of most important methods. Vajrakilaya is a significant Vajrayana deity who transmutes and transcends obstacles and obscurations.

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Padmasambhava achieved realisation through practicing ' Yangdag Heruka ' Tibetan: yang dag he ru ka but he first practiced Vajrakilaya to clean and clear obstacles and obscurations. Vajrakilaya is also understood as the embodiment of activities of the Buddha mind. Sometimes Vajrakilaya is perceived as the wrathful vajrayana form of Vajrapani , according to Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche. Many great masters both in India and Tibet, but especially in Tibet, have practiced Vajrakilaya especially in the Nyingma lineage, and among the Kagyu and also within the Sakyapas.

The Sakyapa's main deity, besides Hevajra is Vajrakumara or Vajrakilaya. This 'one-pointed' Sanskrit: eka graha focus is a concerted mindfulness on the unity and interdependence of all dharmas. This one-pointed focus is understood as 'applying oneself fully' Tibetan: sgrim pa. Vajrakilaya is a favoured tantric archetypal deity embraced by the Nyingmapa. The awesome and wrathful manifestation of this empty yet apparent deity assists practitioners in clearing the obstructions to realisation.

A common manifestation of Vajrakilla has three heads, six arms, and four legs. Vajrakilaya's three right hands except for the right front one held vajras with five and nine prongs. The right front one makes a mudra as granting boons with open palm.

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Vajrakilaya's three left hands hold a flaming triple wishfulfilling jewel or triratna , a trident and the kilaya. Vajrakilaya's back is covered by the freshly flayed skin of the elephant representing 'ignorance' Sanskrit: avidya; Wylie: marigpa , with the legs tied in front.

A human skin is tied diagonally across his chest with the hands lying flat on Vajrakilaya's stomach and solar plexus representing the flailed ego that has released its powerful grip obscuring the 'qualities' of the Sadhaka. A rope ripples over his body with severed heads hanging by their hair representing the Akshamala or 'garland of bija ' Sanskrit: Varnamala.

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The Dark Red Amulet Oral Instructions On The Practice Of Vajrakilaya

Book Format: Choose an option. Add to Cart. Product Highlights The wrathful deity Vajrakilaya embodies the enlightened activity of all the buddhas in order to subjugate delusion and negativity that can arise as obstacles to spiritual practice.

The Vajrakilaya system of meditation is practiced widely in Tibet as well as in Western Buddhist centers. The essential purpose of Vajrakilaya practice is to "discover the absolute vajra nature that will transform every duality hindrance into clear wisdom and compassion.

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Their line-by-line commentary on the short and condensed sadhanas provides an invaluable guide for practitioners to combine the skillful means of compassion and wisdom that are the foundation of Tibetan Buddhism. Khenchen Palden Sherab Rinpoche and Ven.

Khenpo Tsewang Dongyal Rinpoche are co-founders and co-directors of Padmasambhava Center, based at Padma Samye Ling in upstate New York When he was nearly eighteen, Tsasum Lingpa dreamt that Guru Padmasambhava and Yeshe Tsogyal told him that he would have begun to reveal terma teachings at around age fifteen, or even thirteen, but due to many obstacles and hindrances he was prevented from revealing them.

They said, "Now you are approaching age eighteen, and if you are unable to reveal terma teachings within three years, all your missions of this life and future lifetimes could be jeopardized!

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Therefore, you have to be prepared and determined to carry on and change your life. They took him by the hand and pointed to a large storehouse filled with countless jewels and precious objects and said, "There are many treasures inside, choose one! You and she will undertake many beneficial activities. Today you must select the terma keys you would like to take from among these treasures.

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She told him to take another one, and he took a red key made of ruby. The lady took a white key made of silver. When they returned, Yeshe Tsogyal smiled and looked at Guru Padmasambhava and said, "Our son chose the right keys! What is their purpose?