Yamāntaka is a wrathful expression of Mañjuśrī, the Samyaksambuddha of wisdom who, in other contexts, also functions as a dharmapala or a Heruka. Yamāntaka manifests in several different forms, one of which (via yogatantra) has six legs, six faces and six arms holding various weapons while sitting or standing on a water buffalo.
Within Buddhism, “terminating death” is a quality of all buddhas as they have stopped the cycle of rebirth, samsara. Yamantaka, then, represents the goal of the Mahayana practitioner’s journey to enlightenment, or the journey itself: in awakening, one adopts the practice of Yamāntaka – the practice of terminating death.
Pre-requisites: You should have received the Yamantaka Preparation Initiation, or previously been initiated into Yamantaka practice.
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Commitments: Higher Yoga Tantra come with additional practice commitments and Tantric commitments including Guru Yoga and Tsog offerings twice monthly.
Cost: $40. Member / $50. Non-Member (for the whole weekend)