By Geshe Kelsang Gyatso
"Essence of Vajrayana" is the 1st whole clarification in English of the top Yoga Tantra perform of Heruka physique mandala. Buddha Heruka is a manifestation of the entire Buddhas' enlightened compassion, and by way of depending upon him we will be able to quickly reach a natural selfless pleasure and convey actual happiness to others.
In half One, Geshe Kelsang explains with nice readability and precision how we will be able to preparation the chic meditations of Heruka physique mandala, and thereby steadily rework our traditional international and studies into the transcendental fact of a Buddha. Then, partly , he offers definitive directions at the of completion degree practices that result in the ideally suited bliss of complete enlightenment during this one lifetime.
This is a treasury of functional directions for these heavily drawn to following the Tantric direction.
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Once we have received the empowerment we have a com mitment to meditate on the two stages, and if we fail to do so we shall lose the blessing of the empowerment. Further more our progress will be hampered if we do not also put effort into attaining the other four qualities. Most import antly, we need to develop deep and unchanging faith in Heruka and our Spiritual Guide. We should try to overcome ordinary appearance of our Spiritual Guide and develop faith in him or her. In this way we shall accomplish great results.
However, for this to happen we must be a sincere practitioner with the follow ing five qualifications: (1) We have experience of renunciation, bodhichitta, and the correct view of emptiness (2) We have received the empowerment of Heruka (3) We are keeping our vows and commitments purely 16 PRELIMINARY EXPLANATION (4) We have a clear and unmistaken understanding of how to practise both generation stage and completion stage of Heruka (5) We have indestructible faith in the Deity Heruka, and in the Spiritual Guide from whom we received the empowerment and commentary to the practice Anyone possessing these five qualifications who meditates continually on the generation stage and completion stage of Heruka will definitely attain enlightenment in one life.
When we develop this bodhichitta we enter the path of Highest Yoga Tantra of Heruka. We should know the difference between entering the gate way of Highest Yoga Tantra and entering the path of Highest 24 TRAINING IN THE BASIC PRACTICES Yoga Tantra. We enter the gateway of Highest Yoga Tantra by receiving empowerment, but to enter the path of Highest Yoga Tantra we need to develop the uncommon bodhichitta of Highest Yoga Tantra. Initially we generate fabricated uncom mon bodhichitta, and later, through continuous training, this transforms into spontaneous uncommon bodhichitta.