Yangönpa’s Hidden Description of The Vajra Body presents the triad constituting the Vajra Body – the channels, energy-winds, and vital essences – as the basis for the application of experiential yogic techniques.
author: Gyalwa Yangonpa
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Yangönpa’s Hidden Description of The Vajra Body presents the triad constituting the Vajra Body – the channels, energy-winds, and vital essences – as the basis for the application of experiential yogic techniques. Buddhism often relegates the body to a role subordinate to that of the mind; the focus of Yangönpa’s Hidden Description is the body itself, with its manifold layers – coarse, subtle, and very subtle.
In his presentation of the human body’s energetic structure he contends that it is not simply the means to achieve enlightenment, but enlightenment itself, blending the Highest Tantra notion of the body as the method with the Total Perfection (rdzogs chen) principle of inherently present enlightenment as the fundamental nature of all phenomena.
GYALWA YANGÖNPA realized the nature of mind at the age of eight upon hearing instructions on the Dzogchen mind cycle of teachings. And at age nine he was installed as the abbot of Lhadong monastery, where he gave profound religious discourses, establishing his reputation as an enlightened emanation. During his lifetime, 1213-1258, he was devoted to four precious masters of different lineages. Under the guidance of the first two, he undertook solitary retreat and, following a clear vision of the energetic system of body and mind, came to master this inseparable matrix.
An exceptional being gifted with powers, knowledge, and wisdom, Yangönpa led an exemplary life and his spiritual achievements won him a large number of followers. His literary output left a mark in the writings of later masters of all Tibetan schools, including Tsongkhapa, the Eighth Karmapa, Jamgön Kongtrul Lodrö Thaye, Raga Asya, and Jigmed Lingpa.
This book presents for the first time the translation of two texts, the biography of Yangönpa, The Great Mirror, and his short but illuminating treatise Hidden Description of the Vajra Body.
FOREWORD XIII PREFACE XV PART ONE. Translator’s Introduction 1 This Book 1 Yangönpa’s Time 5 Yangönpa’s Early Life 6 The Hermit of Ko Cliff 9 The Vulture’s Nest Yogin 10 Visionary Encounters with Lama Shang 13 The Crown Jewel of Tibetan Scholars 14 His Most Cherished Teacher 16 Other Transmissions Received 17 Accomplishments 20 Yangönpa’s Passing 21 Yangönpa’s Writings 24 Yangönpa’s Spiritual Legacy 25 Yangönpa’s Vision of the Vajra Body 28 The Hidden Description: Opening Verses 30 The Fundamental Nature of Things 32 The Fundamental Nature of the Body 42 The Channels 44 The Three Main Channels 45 The Vital Essence of Bodhicitta 59 Unclean Substances 60 Thought 61 The Fundamental Nature of the Voice 62 The Central Role of the Life-Sustaining Wind 69 Karmic Wind and Wisdom Wind 72 Energy-Wind as Sound 84 The Fundamental Nature of the Mind 86 Vital Essence 87 Daily Cycle 92 Monthly Cycle 93 Yearly Cycle 94 Life Cycle 95 Great Bliss 95 Wisdom, Nonthought, and Contemplation 96 Inseparability of Body, Voice, and Mind 99 The Naturally Accomplished Spiritual Path 101 The Naturally Present Final Fruit 103 Concluding Verses of Yangönpa’s Hidden Description of the Vajra Body 106 Yangönpa’s Syncretic Approach 108 PART TWO. The Great Mirror: The Remarkable Life of the Shri Mountain Hermit 113 The Brief Praise-Biography of the Great Gyalwa Yangönpa 113 The Praise-Biography of the Great Gyalwa Yangönpa 121 Birthplace 126 Family 127 Childhood and Early Training 131 Spiritual Development, Teaching, and Altruistic Works as a Lay Practitioner 138 Meeting Kotragpa and Receiving Monastic Ordination 142 Meeting Götsangpa, the Vulture’s Nest Dweller 147 Experiences in Retreat 151 Inspiration for the Hidden Description of the Vajra Body 158 Dreams and Visions 159 Demonstrating Clairvoyance 163 Giving the Dharma to Humans, Nonhumans, Ḍākinīs, and Local Deities 166 Protecting the People from the Mongol Invasions 169 The Great Torma and Other Great Offerings 171 Resolving Conflicts in Troubled Times 176 Meeting Shang Rinpoche in Dreams and Visions 179 Meeting the Great Sakya Pandita 181 Wondrous Experiences in Lhasa 183 Yangönpa’s Spiritual Father: The Drigung Lama 185 Coming of Age as a Great Spiritual Teacher 191 Yangönpa’s Passing 201 Lhadongpa’s Letter of Testament 209 Invocation for Pacification of the Age of Turmoil, and for the Welfare of Tibet, by Jamgön Kongtrul Lodrö Thaye 216 PART THREE. The Hidden Description of the Vajra Body 219 Homage and Introductory Remarks 219 The Base: How All the Phenomena of the World and of Its Transcendence Exist as the Fundamental Nature of Body, Voice, and Mind 222 Introduction 222 The Fundamental Nature of the Body, the Vajra Body of All Enlightened Beings 223 How the Body Is Formed through the Five Manifest Awakenings 223 The Five Outer Manifest Awakenings 224 The Five Inner Manifest Awakenings 229 How the Fundamental Nature of Channels Exists 230 Introduction on the Channels and the Four Chakras 230 Extensive Explanation of the Fundamental Nature of the Channels 234 The Central Channel 234 The Right and Left Channels: Rasanā and Lalanā 238 The Eight Channels That Branch Off from the Head Chakra of Great Bliss 241 The Eight Channels That Branch Off from the Chakra of Enjoyment at the Throat 242 The Eight Channels That Branch Off from the Chakra of Phenomena at the Heart 243 The Eight Channels That Branch Off from the Chakra of Emanation at the Navel 245 The Fundamental Nature of the Channels of the Four Chakras 247 The Channels of the Crown of the Head Chakra 247 The Channels of the Throat Chakra 248 The Channels of the Heart Chakra 248 The Channels of the Navel Chakra 253 The Channels of the Chakra of the Secret Place 255 Other Peculiar Channels 259 The Channels of the Provocations 259 The Channels of Sorrow 259 The Six Undesirable Channels 260 The Male, Female, and Neuter Channels 261 The Vital Essence of Bodhicitta 261 The Unclean Substances 262 Thought 262 The Fundamental Nature of the Voice, the Vajra Voice of All Enlightened Beings 263 The Energy-Winds of the Five Elements 264 The Coarse Energy-Winds 264 The Ten Energy-Winds (Root and Branch) 264 The Types of Energy-Winds 270 ix The Flow of the Energy-Winds 272 The Colors and Spans of the Energy-Winds of the Four Elements 276 The Variation in Flow of the Energy-Winds by Day and by Night 278 The Chief of All Energy-Winds 279 The Subtle Energy-Winds and the Wisdom Energy-Wind 282 The Syllables 283 Vocal Resonation 285 Coordination 285 Words 286 The Fundamental Nature of the Mind, the Vajra Mind of All Enlightened Beings 287 The Vital Essence of Bodhicitta 287 The Pure Essences 287 The Seven Organic Components 289 The Fundamental Nature of the White and Red Constituents 289 Cycles of the Vital Essences 292 The Vital Essence Cycle during a Solar Day 292 The Vital Essence Cycle during a Lunar Month 294 The Vital Essence Cycle during a Year 298 The Vital Essence Cycle in the Course of a Human Life 300 Great Bliss 301 The Five Wisdoms 303 Nonthought 304 Contemplation 305 The Fundamental Nature of the Body, Voice, and Mind as Inseparable: The Vajra of the Wisdom of the Inseparability of Body, Voice, and Mind of All Enlightened Beings 305 The Path: How the Aspects of the Path Are Complete by Establishing That Body, Voice, and Mind Inseparable Are the Method and Knowledge 309During Formation, Forming as Method and Knowledge 309 While Living, Living as Method and Knowledge 310 While Dying, Dying as Method and Knowledge 310 Formation of the Body as the Creation Phase 311 Living as the Completion Phase 312 The Fruit: How the Qualities of the Final Fruit Are Complete by Ascertaining That Body, Voice, and Mind Inseparable Is the Perfect State of an Enlightened Being 315 During Formation, Forming as a Perfect Enlightened Being 315 While Living, Living as a Perfect Enlightened Being 318 The Dimension Endowed with Seven Features 320 While Dying, Dying as a Perfect Enlightened Being 322 Conclusion 324 Concluding Verses 324 Colophon 325 Volume 1 327 Volume 2 328 Volume 3 330 APPENDIX TWO. Unpublished Works and Spoken Words of Yangönpa 332 APPENDIX THREE. Five Outer and Five Inner Manifest Awakenings 334 APPENDIX FOUR. Stages of Embryonic and Fetal Development and Birth 335 APPENDIX FIVE. Five Root and Five Branch Energy-Winds 337 APPENDIX SIX. Classification of the Energy-Winds 339 APPENDIX SEVEN. Colors and Spans of the Energy-Winds of the Five Elements 340 APPENDIX EIGHT. The 32 Channels of the Four Chakras and Sacred Places 341 APPENDIX NINE. The Channels of the Five Chakras 344 Notes 347 Bibliography 436 Index 453