Day 1: Friday, September 22, 2023 at 6:30 pm
Day 2: Saturday, September 23 2o23 at 2:00 pm
The Yamantaka Initiation requires two sessions and participants must attend both sessions. In Vajrayana Buddhism, Yamantaka, also known as Vajrabhairava, is a wrathful, buffalo-headed-meditational deity (Tib: Yidam) of the Highest Yoga Tantra class. Although practiced early on in Tibet by the Sakya and Kagyu Traditions, it was Lama Je Tsongkapa, founder of the Gelug Tradition, who instituted Vajrabhairava as the principal meditation practice of the Gelug School of Tibetan Buddhism (the other practices being Chakrasamvara and Guhyasamaja). Vajrabhairava is seen as the wrathful manifestation of Manjushri, the buddha of wisdom, and in Sanskrit stands for the “Adamantine Terrifier.” But regardless of the manifestation one sees, Vajrabhairava is always depicted as a fear-inducing, scary, and intimidating deity. Not only is he terrifying to look at, he is also, according to the Vajrabhairava Tantra, the conqueror of all evil spirits, including the Lord of Death, Yama. Thus, he is also called “Yamantaka,” the Slayer of Death. Yamantaka is meant to be so fearsome that even the demons — whether you view them as metaphorical inner demons or external entities — tuck their tails and run. Even Yama (the ancient equivalent of Satan or Hades) bows down. As with all manifestations of the Enlightened, Yamantaka embodies all the qualities of a Buddha.
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