By Chogyam Trungpa

The 3rd quantity of this landmark sequence offers the vajrayana teachings of the tantric direction. The vajrayana, or “diamond vehicle,” also called tantra, attracts upon and extends the lessons of the hinayana and mahayana. As with the hinayana and the mahayana, the formal attractiveness into the vajrayana is marked via a vow, accordingly the samaya vow. there's an emphasis at this level at the student-teacher dating and at the caliber of devotion. in general, scholars needs to entire initial practices, known as ngöndro, to organize themselves for initiation into the vajrayana course prior to going additional. Having performed so, they then obtain the precise empowerments to start tantric practices. There are empowerment ceremonies of many types, referred to as abhishekas. The vajrayana contains either shape practices, corresponding to visualizations and sadhanas (ritual liturgies), and formless practices in keeping with permitting the brain to relaxation certainly in its inherent readability and vacancy. even if at the floor, there's a lot higher complexity in tantric practices, the foundations of mindfulness and understanding and the cultivation of compassion and skillful motion remain of significant significance.

The tantric course calls for entire engagement and fierce commitment. it's stated to be a extra fast course, however it is additionally extra risky. there's a caliber of directness, abruptness, and wholeheartedness. Tantrikas, or vajrayana practitioners, realize that the main not easy features of existence, the energies and play of careworn feelings and scary stumbling blocks, should be labored with as gateways to freedom and recognition. different issues coated intimately during this quantity contain the 4 reminders, the mandala precept, mahamudra, atiyoga, and more.

The Profound Treasury of the sea of Dharma represents meditation grasp Chögyam Trungpa’s maximum contribution to Western Buddhism. This three-volume assortment offers in full of life, suitable language the great teachings of the Tibetan Buddhist course of the hinayana, mahayana, and vajrayana. This paintings will resonate with new scholars of Buddhism in addition to the main senior scholars.

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But in order to be ready for the vajrayana, you first need to become an excellent practitioner. You need to have an understanding of the journey, o f the fruition as well as the ground. Vajrayana practice is 10 INTRODUCTION like adding salt and pepper to your food—but first you have to cook the food and bring it to the table. If we use the analogy o f a mirror, in the hinayana stage you are w ork­ ing to free the m irror o f dust, in the mahayana you are w orking to keep m ore dust from landing on the mirror, and at the vajrayana level you look directly into the mirror.

Note that the letter e is always pronounced at the end o f a word. In some cases, words ending in e have been spelled w ith a hyphen in order to prevent m ispronunciation: shi-ne, Ri-me. x x x ii Part One A P P R O A C H I N G T H E VAJR A Y AN A Introduction In the vajrayana, we learn how to respect our world. We realize that this particular world we live in is not an evil world, hut a sacred world. It is filled with sacredness altogether. We learn to develop “sacred outlook. ” P r e s e n t i n g t h e V a jr a y a n a In this volume, we are just introducing the theory o f vajrayana.

After its extensive training, the gorilla is finally liber­ ated. The gorilla begins to teach the dharm a and to manifest dharm ic qualities to the world o f gorillas and monkeys. T hat is the end o f the story However, after the gorilla has been freed into the world, it m ight slip back to untam ed gorillahood. That is why the vajrayana is very tricky, and why it is special. The vajrayana tells you how to be yourself, but at the same time, it tells you how n o t to be yourself. T h e T h r e e -Y a n a J o u r n e y By studying and practicing the three yanas, you are no t graduating from hinayana to vajrayana, but you are doing the same thing all along.

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