- Paperback: 608 pages
- Publisher: Wisdom Publications,U.S.; 1st Wisdom Ed edition (12 Aug. 2005)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 086171329X
- ISBN-13: 978-0861713295
- Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 4.3 x 22.9 cm
- Average Customer Review: 1 customer review
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,077,611 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Vajrayogini: Her Visualisations, Rituals and Forms (Studies in Indian and Tibetan Buddhism) Paperback – 12 Aug 2005
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The highest yoga tantra goddess, Vajrayogini, is praised and practiced in Buddhist tantra as the embodiment of enlightened wisdom and compassion. This book broaches the Indian origins of her practice prior to 1200 A.D. and sheds light on tantric sadhana meditation more generally. Surveying the manifestations of the goddess in a collection of fifty sadhanas, English pays special attention to the Vajravarahi Sadhana of Umapatideva, and includes a translation of this lengthy and clear text, which has never previously been translated into English.
About the Author
Elizabeth English (Locana) received her MA and PhD in Classical Indian Religion from Oxford University and is a member of the Western Buddhist Order. She is the founder and director of Life at Work, a right-livelihood business that provides consultancy and training for supporting people, teams, and organizations through communication skills and conflict resolution.
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They tell you that only by succumbing to an authoritarian fear-based lineage out of warring Tibet, can you hope to become enlightened. What utter nonsense!
LinJi and Hakuin and Nan chuan would laugh uproariously at such presumption, at Tibetan powermongers putting the dharma up for sale, and scaring practititioners who would seek their enlightenment on their own, by peddling fear.
You must find your own light, and be, as Shakyamuni Buddha himself proclaimed: "a light unto yourself".
What most masters of this lineage teach nowadays is nothing valuable. There are no real masters in the USA for certain, and few in the Dharamsala "Enlightenment for Money" crowd, either.
Consider the case of Trungpa, a drunk who appointed as his successor an HIV-positive predator who knowingly infected his own students with AIDS.
Or Kalu Rinpoche, who subjected his translator June Campbell, a former Kagyu nun, to an abusive sexual relationship which he told her was tantric spiritual practice.
Please embrace this book and enter it with all your Heart. And please ignore the fearmongers that tell you that you will require the services of "a qualified vajra master, i.e. lama" to guide you in a reading of these holy practices. There is only One Holy Practice, and one qualified Vajra Master or Mistress, and they reside in your Heart, and are always available for guidance and counsel. Read this book, live this practice, and trust to the guidance of the Vajra Mistress/Master within you open the Gates of your Heart. Follow your heart, and never fear, or feel compelled to seek the guidance of those who would seek to control you.