Deity Yoga: In Action and Performance Tantra
Tsong kha pa blo bzang grags pa, bsTan 'dzin rgya mtsho ((Dalaļ-lama XIV ;), Jeffrey Hopkins, Ph. D.
Snow Lion Publications, 1981 - Health & Fitness - 274 pages
Deity Yoga describes the profound process of meditation in Action and Performance Tantras. It is composed of three parts: Heart of Mantra by the Dalai Lama is a lucid exposition of the meditative rites of deity yoga—the distinctly tantric process in which yogis visualize themselves in the form of a Buddha's divine body as a manifestation of compassionate wisdom. The Great Exposition of Secret Mantra, parts 2 and 3 by Tsong-ka-pa, details the practices of Action and Performance Tantras.
Special deity yoga techniques for the development of the heart, mind, and physical form of a Buddha are presented in a coherent series of yogic exercises. The mudras (hand gestures) that accompany the meditations are clearly illustrated. A supplement by Jeffrey Hopkins outlines in detail the structure of Action Tantra practices, as well as the need for the development of special yogic powers.
This work forms the basis of higher tantric practices and explains the meditative rites of deity yoga. It is the sequel to Tantra in Tibet and is part of the "Wisdom of Tibet" series published under the auspices of the Dalai Lama, each volume of which has been specially chosen by His Holiness as revealing a true oral tradition.
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abiding and special abiding in fire abiding in sound Action and Performance Action Tantra analysis attained Avalokiteshvara Bodhisattva breath and distraction Buddha Buddhaguhya's commentary Buddhahood calm abiding clear appearance Concentration Continuation concentration of abiding cultivating deity in front deity yoga deity's divine body Dul-dzin end of sound equipoise explained earlier fingers four-branched repetition heart Highest Yoga Tantra hum phat imagined inherent existence Kay-drup knowledge mantra lotus lineage Mahayana mandala Manjushri mantra letters mantra sounds Marichi Means of Achievement meditation on emptiness meditative stabilisation mental repetition mind of enlightenment moon disc objects of observation observing the form obstructors oneself Performance Tantra pledges prior approximation Questions of Subahu realising emptiness Repetition Observing rites secret mantra self-generation signlessness six deities special insight stages Subahu Susiddhi Tantra svaha tantra sets Tathagata lineage Three Jewels three lineages Tsong-ka-pa Ushnisha Vairochana Vairochanabhisambodhi vajra lineage Vajrapani Vajrapani Initiation Varabodhi vitality and exertion whispered repetition wisdom consciousness wisdom-being