A Safe Guide for the Practitioner of Hevajra Tantra

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A Safe Guide for the Practitioner of Hevajra Tantra
CW32_No.78
The Buddhist Yogi C. M. Chen

I. Preparation
On page 116 of the Hevajra Tantra (The Hevajra Tantra, published by the Oxford University Press) to which we will be referring throughout this booklet, it is written: "The Lord replied: irst there should be the public confession, then they should be taught the ten rules of Virtuous Conduct, then the Vaibhasya teachings and then the Sautrantika, after that the Yogacara and then the Mayamika. Then when they know all mantra-methods, they should start upon Hevajra. The pupil who lays hold with zeal should succeed, there is no doubt.? The guide says: This is proof for my emphasis on the ThreeYanas-in-One that he who is not well accomplished in the Hinayana meditation of purification and in the Mahayana meditation of sublimation should not practice the Vajrayana meditation either of Hevajra or of any other Heruka. An Indian proverb runs: "The dog who follows the lion to jump off a rocky hill will lose its life."

II. Master Consecration
On page 59 is written: "Imagine that from the seed in your own heart you lead forth a ray, which is shining black in color and of the form of a hook, and by means of this you draw in the Buddhas who are stationed throughout the threefold world. Having worshipped them with the eight goddesses, you should beseech them saying: M may all the Buddhas consecrate me.?Then you will be consecrated by those Buddhas who have all assumed the form of Heruka, with the five vessels which symbolize the Five Tathagatas and which contain the five ambrosias. At the time of consecration there will be a shower of flowers and one of saffron; drums will sound; you will be worshipped by Rupavajra and her companions, and Locana and the others will sing vajra-songs. When you have been thus consecrated, the Lord of your Family will appear on your head, and Heruka will be revealed in you." The guide says: This is a common first consecration (initiation) which may be held by a Guru or by yourself. However, this Tantra lays more stress on the Third Consecration (initiation) practice. All four Consecrations may be held in the sense of the third consecration, as on page 96: "The Prajna of sixteen years he clasps within his arms, and from the union of the vajra and bell, the Master consecration comes about." For the neophyte, the first time this master consecration is held must be under the guidance of a personal Guru. Nowadays it is very easy for the Westerners to get a Guru in Sikkim, Kalimpong or Darjeeling where many Tibetan lamas have become refugees. Without a Guru, one will have no real connection with the first consecration even if he has read the book many times. After this master consecration has been given by a Guru, you will receive a concise ritual according to which you should practice the repetition of this Hevajra Tantra, as mentioned in III below.

III. Visualization and Repetition
A. Visualization on the Hevajra
On page 110 is written:

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To the East one should place the Vessels of Victory. the one to the left is red and fearful and the one to the rear is distorted. Visualization on the Mandala On page 82: The Mandala is "blazing and brilliant. adorned with garlands and chains and variously colored streamers. and dancing furiously on a solar disk." B." 2 sur 7 19/01/2011 15:31 . and her sweat has a pleasant smell like that of musk. which is in effect the seat of the fifteen yoginis. the one to the right is like white jasmine. With a fair new thread. Her pudenda gives forth a scent from moment to moment like different kinds of lotuses or like sweet aloe wood. and trample the four Maras under foot. in fact. and their necks are covered with cloth and encircled with the five kinds of gems. with incense. and from this mingling of sun and moon Gauri and her companions are proclaimed to be. consists of two concentric parts.A Safe Guide for the Practitioner of Hevajra Tantra http://www. lunar disk and solar disk. By vulgar men. But my inner nature is tranquil. The remaining faces are like those of bees. and holding Nairatmya in loving embrace. Her breath is sweet. with my necklace made of a string of heads. She is calm and resolute. Black am I and terrible with a crossed Vajra on my head. My front face is black." C. and the sun has resolved into Kali. four legs. and my mouth sending forth the sound HUM. and provided with the eight vessels. she would be classed as first rank. Resting on that there should be a lunar disk. and then perform this meditation at its center. but dark like a lotus-leaf. The mandala which now arises pure and unblemished from the triangle." E. and sixteen arms. The conjunction of these two. upon that the seed-syllable and upon that a solar disk. pleasant in speech and altogether delightful. neither quite black nor quite white. well fastened and of right measurement. and scents. with beauteous hair and three wrinkles in the middle of her body. first the figurative representations of the four elements in their right order n the due order of appearance of the divinities. These last have branches in them. and the other triangle. At the center one should image a corpse. decorated with flowers of different hues. Visualization on Mandala of Nairatmya On page 73 it is written: "Concentrate upon the triangle of origination in the midst of space. one formed by the eight central petals of the lotus. square with four portals. Visualization on Nairatmya On page 116 it is written: "She is neither too tall. and there are twenty-four eyes and so on. Repetition On page 82 it is said: "He should repeat one hundred thousand times the mantra of the central divinity. nor too short. All has become the moon.org/cw/cw32/bk078. is the great bliss.yogichen. equipped with eight columns and vajrathreads. lamps. Fearful am I to fear itself. the master should bind it round. I am possessed of tranquil bliss. and the skull (held in her left hand) for bringing to an end discriminating thought which would regard existence and non-existence as essentially different.html "I have eight faces." D. for it represents the chosen divinity." Further on page 75 it is said: "The knife (held in her right hand) is there to cut off the six defects and pride and so on. My body smeared with ashes. From it one drinks the blood of the Four Maras.

you should not practice the following practice. free from the notion of subject and object. There are many methods to do this which are not available in this book. So yoginis know that the sound EVAM is attainable through the four Moments. O Vajradhrk." The guide adds: 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. Lalana has the nature of Wisdom and Rasana consists. in the means of the Expedience. wide-eyed. and from knowledge of these Moments the knowledge of Bliss is consummated in that sound EVAM. that is to say. Philosophic Background Should be Recognized 3 sur 7 19/01/2011 15:31 . and endowed with youth and beauty. Unless and until you have accomplished this Evolutional Yoga. Rasana. nothing in the book describes the Evolutional Yoga. adorned at its center by the syllable VAM. The practitioner should ask his personal Guru to impart it with the elaborative commentary of the Hevajra Tantra." VI. and the wisdom drops should be seen as going up and down and kept without any discharge. is the abode of all delights.yogichen. Perfect Yoga (Utpannakrama). The wisdom nerves should be visualized through which the deep wisdom breathing should be seen as going in and out and held. the following is the main practice different from the above. Then with thumb and fourth finger he drops the bindu in the pupil mouth.A Safe Guide for the Practitioner of Hevajra Tantra http://www. Evolutional Yoga (Utpattikrama) The guide says: Besides the above mentioned practices. In the book there are only a few lines on the Perfect Yoga quoted below: On page 49 it is written: "There are thirty-two veins that bear Bodhicitta.org/cw/cw32/bk078. distinguished by the Moments. Lalana. Prajna Consecration (Perfect Yoga. IV.html On page 50 the Mantra of the heart of Hevajra: "OM DEVA PICU VAJRA HUM HUM HUM PHAT SVAHA" has been given. Part II) On page 96 it is written: "In that very act the flavor of sameness should be placed within the pupil range. VII. and Avadhuti in the middle. free of envy and wrath. Secret Consecration On page 96 it is written: "She is fair-featured. Part I The guide says: After this second Consecration is performed. and flow into the place of great bliss. Among these three veins are the chief.?and knowing his pupil to be worthy. the casket of Buddha-gems. and Avadhuti. V. It is there that the four Joys arises. Then having honored and worshipped the Prajna (the Yogini). The practitioner is advised to get all of the instructions from a personal Guru. he then further commands him: e ye one." On page 94 it is written: "The sacred syllable E. your body and speech and mind have been made entirely like the Hevajra. take thou the Mudra who will bring you bliss. he should consign her to the pupil saying: Great Being.? VIII.

The Bodhicitta is a flow and this flow is deemed as water. KA its indeterminability.A Safe Guide for the Practitioner of Hevajra Tantra http://www." D. From the rubbing together of two things fire always arises. a man who understands poison would dispel another poison. Just as those who have been burned by fire must suffer again by fire. so existence is purified by existence in the countering of discursive thought by its own kind. To Know all the Reasons and Parables for Vajra-Love Practice On page 93 it states: "With the very poison. so also the notion of existing things is purified by appearances. You should speak lying words. by passion too it is released. Just as water entered in the ear is drawn out again by water. and envy is Amoghasiddhi. The blood is bliss and passion and the nature of bliss is space. The good place for this practice 4 sur 7 19/01/2011 15:31 .org/cw/cw32/bk078. That what is not given is the bliss of woman. but by the heretical Buddhists this practice of reversals is not know. there arises the effect of hardness. which is the highest. Those things by which men of evil conduct are bound. for Amitabha a lotus." C. for Ratnasarnbhava a gem and for Amoghasiddhi a sword." B. RU the end of discriminating thought. To vow to save all men is interpreted as lying-speech.yogichen. From air arises envy. others turn into means and gain thereby release from the bonds of existence. and Vairocana is deemed to be delusion." IX. From space arises malignity and malignity is Ratnasambhava. so those who have been burned by the fire of passion must suffer the fire of passion. To Know the Five Elements are in the One Essential Unity On page 93 it is written: "From the contact that comes of the union of Vajra and Lotus. On page 72 it is written: "SRI implies monistic knowledge. The nature of hardness is delusion. The sign of the yogin and the yogini On page 118 it is written: "Whatever man or woman has a nine-pointed vajra on the lower joint of the fourth finger. Yet they all arise from the one clan of perfect joy. and she is your own Nairatmya who is the wife of all others. Just as a man who suffers with flatulence is given beans to eat." B. From heat arises passion and this passion is Amitabha. for the thought is the life. By passion the world is bound. To Know All the Conditions of Vajra-Love Practice A. a little of which would kill any other being. You should frequent others?wives. HE the voidness of causality. To Know what is meant by Heruka." Now to practice singleness of thought is the taking of life. The nature of water is wrath and this wrath is Aksobhya. On page 97 it is written: "You should slay living-beings.html A. You should take what is not given. For Vairocana there would be a wheel. belongs to Aksobhya family. The Bodhicitta in the lotus has the nature of air. so that wind may overcome wind in the way of a homeopathic cure.

the Joy of Cessation." B. with plain Joy as a middle state. neither dung nor urine. There is no bodily form. neither flesh nor blood.org/cw/cw32/bk078. The Joy of the Innate is finality. But the Innate is free of all three. no enemy. the Joy of Cessation in Consummation and the Joy of the Innate in Blank. Experiences: (1) Experiences in the Four Joys and their four moments On page 76 it states: "From Joy there is some bliss. Therefore the eighth day in the dark half means the twenty-third day of the month and the fourteenth means the twenty-ninth. if we are counting days from the beginning of the new month. no passion. no wrath. From the Joy of Cessation comes a passionless state. nor yet middle state. Perfect Joy may be called Samsara. no visible object. the third from the passing of passion. The auspicious time for this practice On page 71 it is written: "The fourteenth and the eighth days in the dark fortnight. no friend is there. no envy. The guide says: "How to choose certain postures for certain Dakini or Yogini? How to find out the secret and sacred Sukha-nerve in the Lotus? How to make the sukha-nerve prolonged? How to drink the great bliss nectar from the Lotus by the Vajra? These and many other methods are not all described in this Hevajra Tantra.A Safe Guide for the Practitioner of Hevajra Tantra http://www. no purification. no conceit of self.html On page 81 it states: "In a garden or in a lonely spot or in a Bodhisattva mandala-hall (Temple in which the rite is performed." (2) Experiences in the Four Voidness The guide says: There are four voidness which should be identified with the four joys. Perfect Joy in Development. X. the second by desire for bliss. nothing mentally produced and no producer. from Perfect Joy yet more.)" house or in the center of the C. The first comes by desire for contact. neither object nor subject." (3) Experience in realization 5 sur 7 19/01/2011 15:31 ." On page 95 it is written: "The first Joy is found in variety. no delusion. no sickness. To Get the Practical Methods and Experiences from a Personal Guru A. and Nirvana. for there is found neither passion nor absence of passion. Methods. Nevertheless. and no one produces it. and by this means the fourth is realized. no malignity. one month is divided into two parts. the bright half is from the first to fifteenth days while the dark half here means from the sixteenth to the thirtieth days. the Principle of Voidness in general is taught a great deal in the book as quoted below: On page 83 is written: "Nothing is mentally produced in the highest bliss.yogichen. calm is the Innate and undifferentiated. You must ask your Guru for them." The guide explains: In the Tibetan system. But in the book they are neglected.

The yogin conceives of the diversity of existence as the Process of Emanation. dark blue. but when she has conceived and has a big belly." On page 91 it is written again: "So in truth there is neither destruction nor origination.?Thus should speak the Adamantine Lord as he sees his pupil overwhelmed in compassion. Although he may call himself a Lama and actually lives with his wife." XI. too. The third kind is like mine. Some of them even dare to lie saying that there is no such thing as vajra-love in Buddhism. then it suddenly appears as sleep with no distinction between sleep and the waking state. Like a dream." so the Mandala appears from continuous application to the practice. when she is rearing the baby and feeding it with bare breasts. Suppose a couple of young lovers wish to keep their love in secret. Until the time of enlightenment. dark green. This is like it is in our age. and realizing the dream-like nature of this diversity. for the commercial purpose of the publisher. he renders it undiversified by means of its diversity. neither is there destruction. The great bliss. like a mirage. that of the eclectics. but you cannot forbid everyone else to open the door widely to others. This bliss is black and yellow. all things moving or unmoving.html On page 82 it is written: "At first it appears as cloud. I also continue to keep silent about them. It is existence. Part III) On page 96 it states: "When the pupil has now reached the moment of Perfect Joy which is free from all notions of diversity the master should say: Great Being.org/cw/cw32/bk078. and likewise it is their union. I disagree with this opinion. as the thief in the night. for nowhere else does it have its origin. O Vajradhrk. hold thou to the great bliss. red and white. but he cannot fool all the readers all the time. I would like to offer them safe guidance in order to guard them against falling.yogichen. dual by nature and yet free of duality. 6 sur 7 19/01/2011 15:31 . The first opinion is of those conservatives who advocate that Tantric Doctrines should be kept secret. such as one knows it in the consecrations of the Great Symbol (that is to say the fourth consecration) of that Mandala is the full and efficacious expression. for he manifests himself in these illusive forms. and since there can now be no dissolution. The yogin of the Great Symbol gains fulfillment in that which is no fulfillment. but care little about the ancient rules or about the reactions of different modern readers. But when a doctrine is already coming to readers?ears. This is the great knowledge that exists in all phenomenal forms. the Lord whose essence is both existence and non-existence. but with realization arisen it appears as maya. moving or motionless. When there are some secret doctrines that have not yet been breathed a word about. This bliss is Wisdom. for its characteristic is the very absence of any characteristic. Fourth Consecration (Perfect Yoga. it is non-existence and it is Vajrasattva. Having dissolved away. What a nice thing it would be if we lived back in ancient times! The second kind of opinion is of those radicals who are earnest in researching the doctrines of Vajra-Love and ambitious to introduce and translate it for the West. As in our age every religion must show its ultimate truth and essential methods to others for a comparative study. He abides pervading all things. like the "intermediate state. when the child is three years old and walks in the street joining hands with his parents.A Safe Guide for the Practitioner of Hevajra Tantra http://www. You may do this yourself if you like. their love can in no way be hidden any longer. serve thou the cause of beings. He may fool some of the readers some of the time. so there is no religion which can any longer keep its doctrines in secret." XII The Summary of the Guide The guide says: Among all the English Buddhist writers there are three kinds of opinions on the Third Consecration practice. Hence my duty is this: To show the whole system as a path and its different stations. in his written work he purposely talks of the second consecration practice of vajra-love within one body as the third one without the body. this bliss is Means (expedience). it has come to its end.

If you are excited by your deep interest. Lin's works] 7 sur 7 19/01/2011 15:31 . If you can hang up a picture of Hevajra upon your wall and that of the Mandala below it. and ask Him to help you to get all the conditions of renunciation and to meet a personal Guru of this kind under whom you may then start to practice the Tantric way. To determine the whole course of practice and emphasize proper preparation. As soon as you get a Guru. repeat the incantation of Hevajra for one hundred thousand times.html To point out the snake in the grass if any danger will be caused by wrong practice. To explain all the conditions of safety.A Safe Guide for the Practitioner of Hevajra Tantra http://www.org/cw/cw32/bk078. [Home][Back to main list][Back to Chenian][Go to Dr. my duty of safe guide is then integrated and accomplished. It may seem I have asked you to do more with theory than with practice. you cannot help learn it. you may worship them.yogichen. This booklet has been written under all these principles. There is another way instead of the Tantric method which you may practice without a Guru which is the way of the Pure Land School.

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