By Tony McMahon (Vessantara)
A advisor to the Deities of the Tantra is an interesting perception right into a topic that has captivated the mind's eye of many yet is still mysterious and unique to all yet a few.
Tantric deities? who're they and what do they do?
This quantity makes a speciality of the deities whose mantra recitation and colourful visualizations lie on the middle of the Tantra. We meet goddesses of knowledge, the prince of purity, the lotus-born guru Padmasambhava, and dakinis— wild-haired girls who dance within the flames of freedom. All, the peaceable and the wrathful alike, urge the reader to damage via to knowledge, stating the genuine nature of truth with uncompromising vigor.
Devoid of popular culture misperceptions, this advisor is a window into the occasionally mysterious global of Buddhist Tantra. Vessantara explores the main features of the Tantra during this magical fusion of the sensible and the imaginative—giving us an immediate perception in into the poetry and the ability of the Tantra.
A much-published and well-respected Buddhist writer, meditator, and instructor, Vessantara is a senior member of the Western Buddhist Order. He holds a selected love for Tibetan Buddhism and is recognized as a good storyteller. this can be one in all 3 volumes taking a look at Buddha figures within the Indo-Tibetan Buddhist tradition.
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The purificatory practice is not of the same order as the unskilfulness which it purifies. ) On the contrary, Vajrasattva's purification comes about through the realization that in your deepest nature you were never impure. Your true Vajrasattva nature is beyond time and space. It is primordially pure because it is on a level of 'existence' to which karma does not apply. That is why it can purify all your karma. Sadhanas of purification of Vajrasattva are much used in the Tantra. They are performed as part of the Foundation Yogas, and frequently as a daily practice.
A liveried waiter arrived with a great bottle of champagne and kept pouring it into the top glass. When this was full it overflowed, and the bubbling liquid filled each tier of glasses, down and down in a foaming cascade. It is as though Sakyamuni Buddha is the top glass, who has made himself open to the transcendental. However, anyone who has absorbed the champagne brilliance of the Dharma cannot help but let it flow down to others. In this way, lineages of teaching are created. Padmasambhava represents the confluence of all these lineages - he is like a great crystal chalice in which all the bubbling streams of the Dharma meet.
It is primordially pure because it is on a level of 'existence' to which karma does not apply. That is why it can purify all your karma. Sadhanas of purification of Vajrasattva are much used in the Tantra. They are performed as part of the Foundation Yogas, and frequently as a daily practice. They are also used to repair infractions of vows, whether the Bodhisattva ordination vows or the Tantric samaya - the vows taken during Tantric initiation. There are many such sadhanas, though the differences between them are relatively superficial.
A Guide to the Deities of the Tantra (Meeting the Buddhas) by Tony McMahon (Vessantara)