Jambhala, Black (Tibetan: dzam bha la, nag po), a wealthy deity popularized in Tibet by Bari Lotsawa and the Kashmiri teacher Shakyashri Bhadra. Black Jambhala is known by Kubera in Hinduism. Kuber is the god of wealth. Originating in ancient India, he appeared from the river’s waters and passed on the ability to generate wealth to a monarch whose realm was experiencing severe financial troubles at the time. He also helps the impoverished and .
Vajrapani is one of the earliest and most recognizable characters of Buddhist art. He is known for carrying a vajra scepter and being a close attendant to the historical Buddha according to the Mahayana Sutras. In Vajrayana, Buddhism Vajrapani is entrusted to safeguard all of the Tantra literature and in this regard, he is known as Guhyapati – the Lord of Secrets. Different Forms of Vajrapani Vajrapani manifests in a variety of forms and looks, ranging .
Guhyasamja is one of Vajrayana Buddhism’s most fascinating, difficult, and essential personalities. It combines various important tathagata Buddhas, into one sculpture. It is predominantly is call Akshobhayavajara which is the form of Akshobhaya buddha. Guhyasamja is the foremost meditational deity of the Method-father class of Anuttarayoga tantra. Guhyasamaja has two main traditions, the Arya (Nagarjuna) Lineage, and the Jnana (Jnanapada) Lineage. There are three principal iconographic forms of Guhyasamaja; Akshobhyavajra (blue), Manjuvajra (orange), and .
Our teacher, the fourth guide of this fortunate eon, the incomparable lord of sages, Sakyamuni, gave infinite teachings as means to enter the Dharma of the causal and resultant vehicles, in accordance with the particular temperaments, spiritual faculties, and attitudes of disciples. Nevertheless, they may all be included within the three vehicles, which, in turn, may be further subdivided into nine successive stages. The General Sutra says: The ultimate definitive vehicle Certainly appears as .
Mahakala is a male Buddhist tantric deity. He is the protector deity known as a Dharmapala in Vajrayana Buddhism, especially most Tibetan traditions, in Tangmi and in Japanese Esoteric Buddhism. Maha literally translates as great and Kala signifies time or death, hence Mahakala means “beyond the time” or “Great Black One“. Mahakala is a protector deity and specifically the primary Wisdom Protector of Himalayan and Tibetan Buddhism. In some cases, Mahakala can also be .
Shristhikantha Avalokiteshvara is a meditational form of the bodhisattva Avalokiteshvara. Avalokiteshvara is a bodhisattva originally arose from the Sutrayana tradition of Buddhism, and later as a tutelary deity of the Tantric Vajrayana tradition. Life of Shristhikantha Avalokiteshvara In this section, we are going to learn about the life of Shristhikantha Avalokiteshvara, after that, the short etymology of Shristhikantha Avalokiteshvara itself. Shristhikantha Avalokiteshvara is the bodhisattva of compassion surrounded by fifteen Hindu gods emanated from .
Brahmarupa Mahakala is the outer form of Chaturmukha Mahakala. He is the special protector of the Guhyasamaja Tantra and the 2nd main protector of the Sakya School. Brahmarupa, a benign form of the wrathful deity Mahakala, is shown as a bearded nomadic ascetic, sitting on a corpse, wearing a bone apron, and holding a thighbone trumpet and a skull cup. A protector of the Sakya school of Tibetan Buddhism, he is credited with introducing .
Panjarnata Mahakala is the protector of the Hevajra cycle of Tantras. The iconography and rituals of Panjarnata Mahakala are found in the 18th chapter of the Vajra Panjara Tantra which an exclusive ‘explanatory tantra’ to the Hevajra Tantra itself. Life of Panjarnata Mahakala In this section, we are going to learn about the life of Panjarnata Mahakala, after that, the short etymological description of the word Panjarnata Mahakala itself. Panjarnata Mahakala is the main .
Simhanada is a form of Avalokiteshvara connected with removing illness caused by nagas. Simhanada Avalokiteshavara belongs to the Kriya Tantra classification and arises from the Simahanada Tantra and the text of the Arya Avalokiteshvara Dharani. His primary activity is to remove sickness and disease especially illness caused by nagas. Jowo Atisha and Mal Lotsawa popularized the practice of Simhanada in the land of Tibet. Simhanada Avalokiteshvara is known as seng ge dra chen re .
Machig Labdron is a founder of the Cho Tradition of Tibetan Buddhism. Machig Labdron was a renowned 11th-century Tibetan tantric Buddhist practitioner, teacher, and yogini who originated several Tibetan lineages of the Vajrayana practice of Chod. Machig Labdron may have come from a Bon family and, according to Namkhai Norbu, developed Chod by combining native shamanism with the Dzogchen teaching. Machig Labdron may have come from a Bon family and, according to Namkhai Norbu, .