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The Ecstatic Dance of Chakrasamvara Now Available Print E-mail
The Ecstatic Dance of Chakrasamvara
Now Available

The Ecstatic Dance of Chakrasamvara is a translation of oral teachings on the generation and completion stages of the Heruka Body Mandala in the lineage of Mahasiddha Ghantapa. The commentary was given by Kyabje Trijang Rinpoche Losang Yeshe, who was the junior tutor to His Holiness the Fourteenth Dalai Lama, in Dharamsala, India in 1973. This teaching was based on Changkya Rolpai Dorje's and Dakpo Kelsang Kädrup's commentaries on the generation stage as well as the Panchen Lama Chökyi Gyaltsen's and Dakpo Kelsang Kädrup's commentaries on the completion stage, combined with the notes on Kyabje Pabongkha Nyingpo's teaching on the generation stage that Kyabje Trijang Dorje Chang himself compiled. The teachings were recorded and, at the request of Ribur Rinpoche, painstakingly transcribed by Gen Lobsang Choephel, and were subsequently translated into English by David Gonsalez. This profound text brings together various rare scriptural sources with the oral lineage handed down through a succession of enlightened beings. Many of the texts that Trijang Rinpoche taught from are sealed-in-secrecy texts, making the contents of this book even more rare and valuable. Many of the instructions presented in this book have been carefully maintained as an oral lineage that must be learned from one's own guru, resulting in a wellspring of profound instructions on both Chakrasamvara in particular and highest yoga tantra in general. The teachings within this book are the very pinnacle of the most profound teachings available in the Vajrayana tradition. This book also contains a new translation of the Heruka Body Mandala sadhana to facilitate a greater understanding of the commentary, and which can also serve as a ritual text when undertaking the practice. Trijang Rinpoche (19001981) was the foremost disciple of Pabongkha Rinpoche (18781941) and the junior tutor to the current Dalai Lama, as well as the main teacher of the vast majority of practitioners within the Gelug tradition alive in his day. His influence was such that nearly every Gelugpa practitioner alive in his time as well as today has in some way benefited from the great accomplishments of this sublime being.
 
Chakrasamvara: An Introduction Print E-mail

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Chakrasamvara ('Wheel of Perfect Bliss' or 'Wheel of Union') is a tantric meditational deity (Sanskrit: ishta-deva) of the Highest Yoga (Anuttara) Tantra class of Vajrayana Buddhism. The Chakrasamvara Tantra, also known as Shriherukabhidhana and Laghusamvara was composed in Northern India in the late 8th or early 9th century. Along with the Hevajra Tantra it is the most important Mother Tantra emphasizing female deities, like yoginis and dakinis. Mother Tantra practices focus more on clear light mental activity and blissful awareness of emptiness, as the immediate cause for achieving a Buddha's omniscient awareness or dharmakaya.

Chakrasamvara, also called 'Heruka', is typically depicted standing upright, with a blue-colored body, four faces, and twelve arms, and embracing his consort Vajravarahi in the yab-yum position (=sexual union). It is Buddha Shakyamuni who manifests in the form of Heruka for the benefit of all sentient beings and therefore he is considered the source of this high tantra. There are three main Chakrasamvara (practice) transmissions coming from these Indian mahasiddhas (masters of tantric yoga):  Luipa, Krishnacharya (also called: Kanhapa or Nagpopa), and Ghantapa (also called: Drilbupa). Besides those there are over 50 different lineages of the Chakrasamvara practice in Tibet.

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The Luipa Chakrasamvara has both, the 62-Deity internal mandala as well as the 62 deities in the external mandala building. This is the main Gelug form of Chakrasamvara that, for example, the two tantric colleges (Gyuto and Gyume) practice. The Ghantapa body mandala practice has just the 62-deity body mandala and no deities other than the main couple in the external mandala building. The Ghantapa 5-deity practice has no body mandala and just the couple & 4 dakinis around them in the external mandala building. The 5-Deity and the body mandala practice of Ghantapa lineage was popularized by Phabongkha Rinpoche and later disseminated in the West to lay practitioners by Trijang Rinpoche and his students.

Starting around 1020 C.E., the Chakrasamvara Tantra (and practice from all three lineages) was brought to Tibet as one of the principal yidams (=meditational deities) by the Sarma (= new translation) schools of Tibetan Buddhism. Chakrasamvara is called Korlo Dompa (Tibetan: khor lo sdom pa = pledge wheel) by the Kagyu and Sakya, or Korlo Demchog (Tibetan: khor lo  bde mchog = bliss wheel) by the Kadam/Gelug schools. Chakrasamvara is one of the principal three meditational deities of the Gelug school (Tibetan: gsang bde 'jigs gsum; the others are Vajrabhairava and Guhyasamaja).

Beautiful extensive practice texts are available from Dechen Ling Press (www.dechenlingpress.org).

Reference:

  • David B. Gray: The Cakrasamvara Tantra: A Study and Annotated Translation (Treasury of the Buddhist Sciences), New Yrok, 2007
  • Rob Preece: The Psychology of Buddhist Tantra,Snow Lion Publications: Ithaca, 2006.
  • Sonam Gyatso (bSod-nams rgya-mtsho) et al., The Ngor Mandalas of Tibet, Listings of the Mandala Deities, Center for East Asian Cultural Studies: Tokyo, 1991. 
  • Martin Willson & Martin Brauen, Deities of Tibetan Buddhism, Wisdom Publications: Somerville, 2000.
 
NEW: Source of Supreme Bliss Print E-mail

SOURCE OF SUPREME BLISS:
Heruka Chakrasamvara Five Deity Practice and Commentary
by Ngulchu Dharmabhadra, and The First Panchen Lama, Losang Chökyi Gyaltsen, translated by David Gonsalez
Paperback, 228 pages, $50.00

Available from Dechen Ling Press

Our gifted friend and Chakrasamvara Site co-administrator David Gonsalez (Dechen Ling Press) has just come out with his most recent translation, Source of Supreme Bliss. It is the first English translation of the Highest Yoga Tantra system of Heruka Chakrasamvara Five Deity and is a vast treasure of material related to this practice. This book will be indispensable for anyone currently engaging in the practice or wishing to undertake this practice in the future, and will provide rich and profound insights for those interested in Highest Yoga Tantra in general. Everything needed to engage in the practice of Heruka Five Deity is included within the pages of this book.

 

 
NEW: Chakrasamvara Root Tantra Print E-mail

The folks at Dechen Ling Press who have brought us numerous wonderful and much needed practice texts for the Chakrasamvara practice have done it once again. In February they came out with David Gonsalez' new translation of the Chakrasamvara Root Tantra.

The Chakrasamvara Root Tantra
translated by David Gonsalez
Paperback, 152 pages, $15.00 (+$4.95 shipping)

Available now from Dechen Ling Press' Online Store

The Heruka Chakrasamvara Root Tantra was originally expounded directly by Buddha Chakrasamvara and passed from Vajravarahi and Vajrapani to the ancient Mahasiddhas of India such Saraha in visionary experience. This text provides that discourse in its original poetic meter. It is at once an object of devotion, a profound instruction, and a beautiful poem meant to inspire spiritual seekers.

 

 
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