By Martin J. Boord, Rig-'Dzin Rdo-Rje, Rig-'Dzin Rgod-Ldem, Rig-'Dzin Padma 'Phrin-Las
This crucial number of teachings from the Northern Treasures Vajrakila cycle contains liturgical perform texts (sadhana) from the unique treasure revelations, including explanatory notes and commentaries by means of the seventeenth century grasp Padma 'phrin-las on tips on how to take those practices right into a closed retreat and hire them for the top good thing about oneself and all residing beings. Having turn into empowered within the mandala of Vajrakila by means of a grasp guru, trainees may perhaps use the skillful esoteric innovations, defined herein, so one can improve a profound experiential walk in the park of the real nature of fact. those texts are manuals, designed to be studied via disciplined people who desire to teach themselves in skilful altruism. they're conventional equipment for overcoming the instincts of egoistic self-interest, permitting the brain to develop into focussed at the basic welfare of the area, in order that helpful alterations of serious social price might be caused in either inspiration and behavior. Painstakingly researched and annotated, this quantity comprises English translations of 8 very important texts, including a lot of the unique Tibetan. in the directions for the coaching and defense of the retreat quarter are hitherto unpublished info of the ability to suppress a few of the periods of afflicting demons (sri) which are strength reasons of downfall for all tantric yogins. this can be an historical and very important element of vajrayana ritual perform that has been a lot overlooked previously.
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Thus, a multiplicity of demons become a singular body and in the Vai4urya dkar-po, the most important text on astrology in the Tibetan tradition, we read: stag rta khyi gsum zla ba la I beo lnga nyi shu brgyad la rgyu I phag lug yos gsum gnyis gsum la I byi 'brug sprel gsum beo brgyad dang I nyi shu brgyad rgyu bya glang sbrul I beu drug nyer drug dag la rgyu II "During the three months of Tiger, Horse and Dog, he moves on the 15th (the day of the full moon) and the 28th. Dur ing the three months of Pig, Sheep and Rabbit he moves on the 2nd and the 3rd.
It has the shape of a three-sided nail, the sharp tip of which reaches right down to the tenth level of hell. The lower knot on its shank comprises the realm of desire, the abode of gods and men. The bottom half of its octahedral handle comprises the realm of form, the seventeen heavens of the rupadhiitu gods, and the upper half of the octahedral handle comprises the formless realm, the divine levels of the four infinitudes (space, consciousness, nothingness, and neither perception nor non-perception) .
In short,] they spread all sorts of rosaries of lies. Not only that, the astrological texts diffused in Tibet, which are supposed to have come from China, do not exist, even by name, in China, and I wonder whether they were not fabricated by a Tibetan. 399-400. My thanks to Guilaine Mala for the reference and translation. xxxiii xxxiv It appears that the full text of the 'Byung ba rin chen kun 'dus is no longer extant. It was evidently of great interest to Dalai Lama V, and relied upon heavily by his regent Sangs-rgyas rgya-mtsho as well as by Lo-chen Dhar masri (1654-1718) in their astrological writings, and then, again, by our author Padma 'phrin-las, all three of whom were proteges of Dalai Lama V.