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)
Introduction to Yamantaka Practice
Sat. Jan. 6th 10am-1pm
This will be a short teach-in on Yamantaka Practice and will focus on how to perform the rituals and meditations of the short and long sadhanas. There will also be a presentation on how to do Yamantaka Retreat will an aim towards preparing practitioners for such a community retreat in the near future.
For Yamantaka Initiates
Led by student-teacher Matthew Richards
Sat. & Sun., Mar. 24th & 25th, Both days 10am-4pm: Commentary on Yamantaka Tantric Practice
Yamantaka is the Anutara or Highest Yoga Tantra aspect of the Buddha of Wisdom, Manjushri. This practice is at the heart of the Gelugpa Tradition and a source of the highest spiritual attainments. H.E. Zasep Rinpoche will give detailed commentary and instruction and lead discussion on the many aspects of Yamantaka practice. A “must-have” for those who have received the Yamantaka Empowerment. Open to Initiates of Yamantaka practice.
Mar. 24th & 25th weekend package:
$40. Member / $50. Non-Member