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Starting on Vajrayogini Practice
« on: January 14, 2013, 11:52:17 pm »


Vajrayogini is a higher Tantric practice and preparing for it is the best thing one can do for yourself. There are many higher tantric practices out there but why Vajrayogini? Her practice is most suited for our time as she uses the quality of desire to transform it into the qualities of a Buddha. Vajrayogini's practice is also the expedient and therefore the most powerful and effective for out times. As a higher tantric practice, Vajrayogini leads us directly to enlightenment, either in this life if one is a very diligent practitioner or ascension into her pure realm of the Dakinis also known as Kechara. Almost all Lamas in the Tibetan tradition are practicing one form of Vajrayogini or another. Lama Tsongkhapa's heart practice was said to be Vajrayogini. After he entered parinirvana, his students discovered Vajrayogini texts amongst his personal belongings.

Anyway, here's a good explanation on how to start making this powerful connection:-
http://blog.tsemtulku.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/inspiration-worthy-words/starting-on-vajra-yogini-now.html

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Re: Starting on Vajrayogini Practice
« Reply #1 on: January 15, 2013, 02:32:14 am »


Vajrayogini is a higher Tantric practice and preparing for it is the best thing one can do for yourself. There are many higher tantric practices out there but why Vajrayogini? Her practice is most suited for our time as she uses the quality of desire to transform it into the qualities of a Buddha. Vajrayogini's practice is also the expedient and therefore the most powerful and effective for out times. As a higher tantric practice, Vajrayogini leads us directly to enlightenment, either in this life if one is a very diligent practitioner or ascension into her pure realm of the Dakinis also known as Kechara. Almost all Lamas in the Tibetan tradition are practicing one form of Vajrayogini or another. Lama Tsongkhapa's heart practice was said to be Vajrayogini. After he entered parinirvana, his students discovered Vajrayogini texts amongst his personal belongings.

Anyway, here's a good explanation on how to start making this powerful connection:-
http://blog.tsemtulku.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/inspiration-worthy-words/starting-on-vajra-yogini-now.html


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Re: Starting on Vajrayogini Practice
« Reply #2 on: January 16, 2013, 12:14:27 am »
Caz, E MA HO indeed! What a beautiful photo to rejoice in and wonderful teachings from Tsem Rinpoche about creating a profound connection with this beautiful yidam now.

Rinpoche has also taught before that actually, Vajrayogini's practice has been "streamlined" so much for practitioners of this time that we can ascend to Kechara Paradise based upon the sincere and true practice of just four key elements:

1. continuous recitation of a specific Vajrayogini prayer
2. continuous recitation of Vajrayogini's mantra
3. Faith in the Lama
4. Faith in the yidam

Rinpoche explained that we can gain a far number of attainments by these alone, and the full and complete surrender to these aspects - which will reflect in our action, practice, Dharma work and study, interaction with our sangha (dharma community, whether lay or ordained) and most importantly in our relationship with our teacher.

At the very least, even if we cannot ascend to Kechara Paradise, we will return again into the same lineage, meet qualified teachers and begin practice again at an early age.

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Re: Starting on Vajrayogini Practice
« Reply #3 on: January 18, 2013, 06:38:33 am »
In the Gelug tradition today, the lineage and teachings of Kyabje Pabongka Rinpoche predominates the tradition today and hence, most Lamas advocate Vajrayogini because of this great Lama's teachings. He must have foreseen that the lineage would be passed down to incredible lay population that is distracted and full of desire. Therefore, preparation for Vajrayogini practice is of paramount importance for any practitioner especially of the Gelug tradition. It shouldn't be a rushed affair but one that is planned with the study of the Lamrim and completion of preliminary practices. We must understand and have appreciation for the practices that we are receiving.

This knowledge gives us an appreciation and also the study of the vows and commitments needed ensures that we uphold the vows carefully and we also uphold our daily sadhana. This is not to mention the appreciation of our Lama, whom we have to visualize as the Buddha in our meditations and hold it in our daily lives as well. These are some of things we should prepare ourselves before we receive Vajrayogini. It would be good to read up on the instructions that Rinpoche wrote in the blog as it gives even more explanations on how to prepare ourselves.

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Re: Starting on Vajrayogini Practice
« Reply #4 on: January 21, 2013, 05:06:44 am »
Here's a lovely, lovely explanation on the iconography of Vajrayogini. Vajrayogini is a sublime practice and one that can bring us directly to enlightenment. There's no other practice that is more supreme as explained earlier in the thread. I love this explanation because each aspect of her body describes different aspect of the Dharma as well. Do have a listen and you will learn a lot more of the Dharma along the way.

Part 1:-
Tsem Tulku Rinpoche explains VAJRAYOGINI (Part 1 of 3)


Part 2:-
Tsem Tulku Rinpoche explains VAJRAYOGINI (Part 2 of 3)


Part 3:-
Tsem Tulku Rinpoche explains VAJRAYOGINI (Part 3 of 3)

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Re: Starting on Vajrayogini Practice
« Reply #5 on: March 04, 2014, 03:02:11 am »
None of the tantric practices are supposed to be done unless you have been given the Empowerment BY a tantra master.
And once you TAKE the empowerment, you are committing to DOING the practice as scheduled.  Without fail.

Are you saying that Tsem Tulku Rinpoche has the ability to pass on the Empowerment merely by us observing his video?
I have felt empowerments and doubt if this is how the are able to operate.

Tibetan Buddhism is NOT supposed to be undertaken without a personal connection in person with a qualified teacher.  As the Tibetans say, "It can make you crazy".
Well, from the standpoint of someone who has a degree in psychology, I would not say it drives people "crazy", but it does make them somewhat delusional, increases their neuroses, and destabilizes their emotions is they practice on their own, or if they undertake practices before they are ready.
Count on your teacher to know when you are ready.

 


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