□SS81I Mandala of Hevajra LONDON ORIENTAL SERIES • VOLUME 6 THE HEVAJRA TANTRA A CRITICAL STUDY BY D. L. SNELLGROVE Lecturer in. A Buddhist Tantra of twenty chapters, thought to have originated in the eighth century. The name is based on the male deity Hevajra, a personified symbol for the. 27 Oct Shri Hevajra is a principal meditational deity of the Anuttarayoga classification of Buddhist Tantra. “Hevajra Tantra” was taught by Buddha.

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The siddhas have, however, trained themselves to regard them as though they were non-existent. It is samsara that is to be realized as nirvana. The two periods, if we may refer to them as such, 1 are in many ways analogous, first the appearance of the authoritative texts buddhavacanathe late appearance of which is ex- plained away yantra the same manner — they had been hidden away, entrusted to the nagas and so on because mankind was not yet prepared to receive them — followed by the works of individual writers, who comment upon these basic texts, systematize them, and produce treatises of their own dealing with the same themes in well-ordered forms.

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Hevajra Tantra

Biographies of Himalayan Religious Masters. The mandala, the primary function of which is to express the truth of emanation and return samsara and nirvatjais the centre of the universe.

Kailash on his back and carry it to Lanka. This may yet be confirmed by the short passages of apabhramsa which are to be found in it, when more work has been done upon this dialect. Then it is said: One manner hevajrz doing this is to imagine the vowel series ali as passing in and out with the breathing to the left and the consonant series kali passing in and out to the right. Mahapadmavajra, however, succeeded in one year EM, p.

Shri Hevajra is a principal meditational deity of the Anuttarayoga classification of Buddhist Tantra. Yet how does it not exist, for one certainly sees it? The four armed Speech Vak Hevajra described in the Hevajra Tantra stands in an advancing posture on a multi-coloured lotus, corpse, and sun disk.

T o any who conceive of Buddhism as just philosophy, this preoccupation with ritual and techniques of yoga may well appear a riot of degeneration, but to a Buddhist who conceived of his religion primarily as an art of yoga and who had never neglected the use of ritual, it might very reasonably have appeared as the most effective teaching ever sponsored under the name of Buddha.

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Nevertheless, the Principle of Voidness in general is taught a great deal in the book as quoted below:. They are not pure symbol as we might interpret them. The followers of the non-Buddhist tantras may well have been as dependent upon those who called themselves Buddhists, as the veddntists were probably dependent upon the madhyamikas.

Two right hands hold a vajra and a knife, two left a trident and a bell ; the remaining pair of arms embrace his consort Vajrasrinkhala Hevajra is imbued with the nine dramatic sentiments and adorned with a diadem of five dry skulls, a necklace of fifty fresh heada and the six symbolic ornaments or ‘ seals ‘. Please write feedback here Here you can read media articles about the Chinese Buddhist Encyclopedia which have been published all over the world.

In this union Wisdom, although unrealizable apart from Means, yet predominates. It is existence, it is non-existence and it is Vajrasattva. Snellgrove [Snellgrove,Vol. All have three round blood shot eyes, four bared fangs, a vibrating tongue, and frowning with knotted brows. The Hevajra Tantra has some material in common with other sources: A Critical Study” in The two armed Body Kaya Hevajra described in the Hevajra Tantra stands in an advancing posture on a multi-coloured lotus, corpse, and sun disk.

I questioned Professor Tucci, under whose guidance I was then working, concerning this connexion, who gave the best possible answer by placing his manuscript of the tantra in my hands. So everything goes in fours. Loppon Rinpoche Sonam Tsemo How to drink the great bliss nectar from the Lotus by the Vajra?

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Thus should speak the Adamantine Lord as he sees his pupil overwhelmed in compassion. They merely represent an attempt to characterize the subject-matter as concisely as possible. That, however, the two cycles were in fact completely combined is shown by the thanka reproduced as our frontispiece, where he appears in the full com- pany of sixteen.

It has behind it the whole tradition of the Perfection of Wisdom, already actually symbolized in a feminine divinity, the Goddess Tanfra. In particular, holders of the Drigung Kagyu lineage frequented this place in great numbers. So the yogin must himself become Hevajra for Hevajra is the Means. It is with both these aspects in view that the present work is undertaken, to clarify one particular type of Buddhist practice which was pursued tzntra 1 See, however, Tucci, Indo- Tamtra, ii, p.


Beginning from the top and moving in a clockwise direction they are yellow Vetali, multi-coloured Dombini, green Ghasmari, blue Pukkasi, black Gauri, white Shavari, red Cauri, and purple Candali. This dating still further demolishes the evidence which Shahidullah adduces to substantiate the existence of his Krsna in a.

This text has been translated with the help of the Tibetan transla- tion and its most important Indian commentaries. For the names of the divinities see Diagram III, p.

This EVAM is practiced with both the visualized yogini in this yoga or the real yogini in the sense of the Third Consecration as below. This seems to be but a European fable, given substance only by the cataclasmic disappearance of the tanttra from India at the time when the tantras were in vogue. With all their excesses and defects of presentation they may well contain much that is relevant to modern thought, for they present a genuine stratum of human experience.

The third kind is like mine, that of the eclectics.

Views Read View source View history. This important work, usefully edited by Benoytosh Bhattacharya, still awaits a thorough investigation in the light of its commentaries, which alone will place it rightly in its Buddhist setting. The Circle of Bliss: So far as practice is concerned, it would be difficult to distinguish clearly more than hevajrs two periods, since the early schools sravakas and the early followers of the mahayana pursue much the same methods, the practice of recognized Buddhist morality and the set performance of meditation.

For this reason ram which is the seed-syllable of fire is employed to initiate the whole envisaged process of emanation. The good place for this practice On page 81 it states: It has seemed better therefore to add a bare resume of the contents hevajar. After such preliminary training as they both received, it is to be expected that the yogin and th eyoginl should experience their union as the union of Wisdom and Means in the avowed sense.