November 4, 2012

Vajrayana Track

About Vajrayana

Vajrayana means “the diamond vehicle” and refers to a branch of practices that flourished in Tibet. These practices work with the principal of pure vision, in which we embrace ordinary thoughts and emotions as the unlikely catalysts to recognizing that our nature, and the nature of others, is love and wisdom inseparable. In the practices of Vajrayana, we especially welcome the challenging aspects of life—our difficult thoughts, emotions, and physical reality—as the fodder for awakening. This shift in perspective, from our usual perspective to pure vision, implies that meditation is not left on the cushion, but rather is an active and dynamic process that involves utilizing speech and action as potentially transformative practices. Students who are interested in exploring Vajrayana skillful means as an enhancement of their training in natural awareness and bodhicitta, can be in contact with their mentor and Lama Willa over time.

Vajrayana practices include foundation-practices [ngöndro], deity visualization practices, connection with lineage-based teachings, energy yogas, and deep retreating. The foundation-practices—generally the first step in Vajrayana development—introduce practitioners to the principals of visualization, deity yoga and lineage-connection. Individuals who already know they are interested at this time in the foundation-practices for Vajrayana are encouraged to be in touch with Lopon Liz at elizabeth@naturaldharma.org.

Suggested Reading

For more information about Vajrayana practices consult the following texts:

  • Kalu Rinpoche, Luminous Mind
  • Kalu Rinpoche, Gently Whispered
  • Kalu Rinpoche, Foundations of Tibetan Buddhism
  • Khandro Rinpoche, This Precious Life
  • Bokar Rinpoche, Chenrezig: Lord of Love
  • Bokar Rinpoche, Tara: The Divine Feminine

For an overview of the Vajrayana path consult:

  • Reginald Ray, Indestructible Truth
  • Reginald Ray, Secrets of the Vajra World

Resources

For more information about the program and how to participate, please contact vajrayana@naturaldharma.org.

For those on the Vajrayana Track, access the resource pages here: