The Cakrasamvara Tantra (The Discourse of Sri Heruka) (Sriherukabhidhana) A Study and Annotated Translation b y David B. Gray Editing and Design by. Scripturally, the Cakrasamvara Tantra dates from around the late 8th to the 9th Century CE by scholars. According to scriptural sources, the. : The Cakrasamvara Tantra (The Discourse of Sri Heruka): Śrīherukābhidhāna: A Study and Annotated Translation (Treasury of the Buddhist .

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It provides the continuity lifetime to lifetime and into the enlightened state of a Buddha.

And because the system of the twelve links is shared in common with both the Hinayana and the Mahayana systems, then the unawareness here is the unawareness of how persons exist — how we exist and everybody else exists. Thank you very much. An overview of the history of esoteric Buddhism in India, with a useful discussion of the Cakrasamvara sacred sites and their relation to rival Hindu groups. And then the central figure in the tree of assembled gurus is Tsongkhapa.

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And so we can extrapolate from that for a Gelugpa center as well: So all of this has to be understood — according to Davidson — in the context of what was going on in India, the rivalry between the Shiva form of Hinduism and Buddhism. In Western meditation texts his name is often translated to mean “Highest Bliss”. Not a translation of the Cakrasamvara Tantra itself, but of several related ritual texts. So in the Guhyasamaja system, we have very elaborate generation-stage visualizations of dissolving the various winds.

Otherwise, what are we doing in practicing this? So you can get into a lot of debates about it. And in the hidden, or obscure, tantras — Chakrasamvara is one of them — the explanations in the root tantra are written in a very obscure, hidden manner that is not at all obvious what it means.

Now, although one can achieve the more subtle levels working with either of the two systems, to have a little bit of experience with both is helpful. What happens if they reject me?



But concerning the complete-stage practice of anuttarayoga tantra, there are eight discourse traditions:. And finally the Mahachakra form of Vajrapani, which is the anuttarayoga form of Vajrapani with three faces, six arms. And then Chakrasamvara is brought in for the tummo gtum-mothe internal heat practices, which are essential for experiencing these different levels of bliss within the central channel that I mentioned.

And Vajrabhairava, who has Manjushri in his heart, this is especially effective for very special practices for developing the different types of discriminating awareness, or wisdom, and also doing all the protector practices.

Imagine that the Buddha came to your house with all his monks, walking barefoot in the dusty dirt in India. And please remember that unless you have as your basis very strong three principal paths — renunciation, bodhichitta, understanding of voidness — to just visualize yourself in the form of one of these figures and recite mantra and do all of these things is just a cause for being reborn as a hungry ghost in the form of one of these deities. An analysis of Buddhist myths of the conversion of Hindu deities.

This is within the Gelug tradition, but it is extremely, extremely rare and not usually practiced.

Then you have the praises — the eight verses for Chakrasamvara and the eight verses for Vajrayogini, the female partner. Because in the Chakrasamvara one there will be much more detailed visualizations for these four blisses. So if we want to follow the Gelugpa tradition, this is what it is.

And even on the generation stage we have two traditions.

So within Chakrasamvara, again the Luipa lineage of complete-stage practice The Drilbupa, or Ghantapa, body-mandala lineage of Chakrasamvara so two Chakrasamvara systems And then the six yogas, or six practices, of Naropa Kalachakra And then two lineages of Guhyasamaja, the so-called Arya or Aryadeva lineage and the Jnanapada lineage And then the complete-stage practice of Vajrabhairava And the complete stage practice of this Mahachakra form of Vajrapani.

So the initial level motivation — we want to continue having better types of rebirth, more specifically precious human rebirths, in all our future lives so that we can continue on the path of the practice. This reflects the complex origins of the text, which probably was inspired by teachings and practices of the loosely organized groups of “accomplished ones” siddhamale and female practitioners of yoga who, generally speaking, do not seem to have had strongly defined religious identities.


So to fill in various aspects within the context of the foundation of Guhyasamaja, one practices and studies the Vajrabhairava system and the Chakrasamvara system.

In the Abrahamic traditions you have a very uneasy merging of the Biblical traditions with Greek rationalism.

My initial impression on Heruka was one that is powerful but somewhat indistinguishable from the other multi-armed deities. It enhances your bliss.

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Summary Arrow down Arrow up So in summary: Tsongkhapa’s Six Yogas of Naropa. And then vajra taste. There, they engaged in transgressive practices such as wanton sexuality and sacrifice of living beings. Then when you make the offerings in Lama Chopatanntra do it extensively, as in Chakrasamvara.

First the vina, which is a type of Indian stringed instrument And then a flute Then a front drum, sort of like a tabla And then a side drum cakrasamvarx this type of drum that has two sides; you hold it horizontally in your lap and you strike both sides. A translation of Tsongkhapa’s commentary on a tradition of yoga closely associated with the Cakrasamvara.

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So there are different ways of classifying it. Why Should We Practice Tantra? The final aim of it is not be able to visualize six or twenty-four arms; the aim is to have simultaneously in our awareness the things that they represent. Using his psychic powers, he examined his mysterious opponent and realized that he was no match against the Buddha.