Dharma Lecture: The Vajrapani Practice

Sunday, January 9 at 1:30 pm
Instructor: Tulku Yeshi Gyatso
Location: Shrine Room
Suggested Contribution: $25 Public, $20 Members

The practice of Vajrapani is common to all four schools of Tibetan Buddhism. Generally, people think of Vajrapani as a wrathful deity of power who removes obstacles. However, he actually has all the powers of the Buddhas and in essence, he is all the Buddhas’ power including wisdom and compassion. Why is his color blue? The blue represents the Dharmadhatu, which contains the five distinguishing features or aspects: body, speech, mind, qualities, and activities of all the Buddhas. When we receive the Vajrapani initiation and practice the sadhana, we must practice and visualize these five distinguishing features. The Vajrapani practice is considered an important path for achieving enlightenment. Ven. Tulku Yeshi Gyatso will discuss these concepts and explain how to practice the sadhana with the appropriate visualization, motivation, and feeling. He will also explain the reason why we call Vajrapani the “Owner of Secrets” (Sangwe Dagpo).

Ven Tulku Yeshi Gyatso Rinpoche is a Dzogchen master and the reincarnation of Dzogchen Gyaltsab Thodo Rinpoche. He was recognized by H.H. Dalai Lama's Nyingmapa teacher Kyabje Trulshig Rinpoche. He received teachings from twenty-five masters representing all five schools of Tibetan Buddhism. Tulku Yeshi has written eight books, seven of which have been published, on the subject of Tibetan Buddhism and culture including A One Thousand Year History of Sakyapa. He also writes novels, poetry for mind training, provides Tibetan astrology readings, and can bestow empowerments. Currently he working on Dharma activities at Sakya Monastery in Seattle and is working on his own biography, Magic and Monk.