Essence of Vajrayana: The Highest Yoga Tantra Practice of Heruka Body Mandala

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Motilal Banarsidass Publ., 2000 - Heruka (Buddhist deity) - 513 pages
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"Essence of Vajrayana" is the first complete explanation in English of the Highest Yoga Tantra practice of Heruka body mandala. Buddha Heruka is a manifestation of all the Buddhas' enlightened compassion, and by relying upon him we can swiftly attain a pure selfless joy and bring true happiness to others.
In Part One, Geshe Kelsang explains with great clarity and precision how we can practise the sublime meditations of Heruka body mandala, and thereby gradually transform our ordinary world and experiences into the transcendental reality of a Buddha. Then, in Part Two, he provides definitive instructions on the completion stage practices that lead to the supreme bliss of full enlightenment in this one lifetime.
This is a treasury of practical instructions for those seriously interested in following the Tantric path.
 

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Contents

Training in the Basic Practices
19
The Yoga of the Guru
35
Bringing the Three Bodies into the Path
77
Generating the Mandala and Deities of
101
The Actual Generation Stage Meditation
139
The Concluding Practices
155
Preliminary Explanation
187
Dedication
215
Sadhanas
229
Diagrams and Illustrations
457
Glossary
485
Bibliography
497
Essence of Vajrayana
231
Heruka Body Mandala Burning Offering 343
347
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Page 511 - Drops The essence of blood and sperm. When the drops melt and flow through the inner channels they give rise to an experience of bliss. See Clear Light of Bliss. Dualistic appearance The appearance to mind of an object together with the inherent existence of that object. See Heart of Wisdom. Eight
Page 509 - Concentration A mental factor that makes its primary mind remain on its object single-pointedly. See Joyful Path of Good Fortune and Understanding the Mind. Contaminated aggregate Any of the aggregates of form, feeling, discrimination, compositional factors, and consciousness of a samsaric being. See Heart of Wisdom. Dakini Land The Pure Land of Heruka and Vajrayogini. In Sanskrit it is called
Page 511 - Light of Bliss. Element The nature of any phenomenon. All phenomena hold their own natures, which are all included within the eighteen elements. See Heart of Wisdom and Ocean of Nectar.
Page 509 - Channels Subtle inner passageways of the body through which flow subtle drops moved by inner winds. See Clear Light of Bliss.

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Geshe Kelsang Gyatso was born in Tibet and is a fully accomplished meditation master, and internationally renowned teacher of Buddhism. Resident in the West since 1977, he is the author of 21 highly acclaimed books that transmit perfectly the ancient wisdom of Buddhism to our modern world. He has also founded over 1200 Kadampa Meditation Centers and groups throughout the world.

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