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  • Author:
    Geshe Kelsang Gyatso
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    Tharpa Publications (January 1, 1997)
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The Heruka Body Mandala practices are long and complicated, and to do a long retreat, or to do them three times a. .

The Heruka Body Mandala practices are long and complicated, and to do a long retreat, or to do them three times a day, or even once a day, or even to do the short form once a day is much more than many working stiffs like me can d. Geshe Kelsang Gyatso.

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Then, in Part Two, he provides definitive instructions on the completion stage practices that lead to the supreme bliss of full enlightenment in this one lifetime. This is a treasury of practical instructions for those seriously interested in following the Tantric path. Motilal Banarsidass Publ.

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Essence of Vajrayana" is the first complete explanation in English of the .

Essence of Vajrayana" is the first complete explanation in English of the Highest Yoga Tantra practice of Heruka body mandala. Buddha Heruka is a manifestation of all the Buddhas' enlightened compassion, and by relying upon him we can swiftly attain a pure selfless joy and bring true happiness to others.

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"Essence of Vajrayana" is the first complete explanation in English of the Highest Yoga Tantra practice of Heruka body mandala. Buddha Heruka is a manifestation of all the Buddhas' enlightened compassion, and by relying upon him we can swiftly attain a pure selfless joy and bring true happiness to others. In Part One, Geshe Kelsang explains with great clarity and precision how we can practise the sublime meditations of Heruka body mandala, and thereby gradually transform our ordinary world and experiences into the transcendental reality of a Buddha. Then, in Part Two, he provides definitive instructions on the completion stage practices that lead to the supreme bliss of full enlightenment in this one lifetime. This is a treasury of practical instructions for those seriously interested in following the Tantric path.

Kerry
This book is essentially a commentary on the sadhana (liturgy) for doing the Tantric practices of the Heruka Body Mandala, practices originally laid out by the Indian master Ghantapa in ancient times. Heruka is the Tantric manifestation of the enlightened compassion of all the Buddhas. Tantric practices are designed to quickly lead one to enlightenment in one lifetime by transforming ordinary appearances and ordinary conceptions into pure ones. Tantric practices have two stages, generation stage and completion stage, which are beyond the scope of this review to explain. This book seems to focus primarily on the generation stage practices, but further study will reveal a wealth of completion stage teachings as well. At the back of the book it also contains the sadhana, as well as other surrounding practices, such that one can understand and practice these amazing teachings merely with the purchase of this book. Tharpa publications also publishes the sadhana separately, as well as a CD of the sadhana so you can learn the melodies, pronunciation, etc.. But, you really must have the empowerment and oral transmission of the teachings for them to have any effect, so the readership for whom this book may prove useful (rather than merely interesting) may be fairly limited. I don't know of any teacher except the author who gives this particular empowerment and transmission to Westerners. And even if some do, this author is in such ill-favor in the lama community (over the silly Dorje Shugdan controversy) that I doubt any other teacher will be recommending this author's books to students for any practice, even though Geshe Kelsang's books are consistently the best in class.
After years of practicing various Heruka practices, I can attest to their power and speed. I have heard that this is the practice responsible for the incredible power of many of the spiritual heavy hitters in recent Tibetan history, such as Je Phabongkhapa, as well as such Indian masters as Nagarjuna. Unfortunately for us Westerners, few of our parents gave us to monasteries at age six as was expected for all second sons in Tibet, so we did not spend our whole life in monasteries and retreat caves with enough time to really do these practices justice. The Heruka Body Mandala practices are long and complicated, and to do a long retreat, or to do them three times a day, or even once a day, or even to do the short form once a day is much more than many working stiffs like me can do. But there are very short forms of Ghantapa's other Heruka practices, the Heruka Five Deities practices, that you can do daily, and, personally, I found that Heruka was more than willing to work with me amidst my hectic and full life, and over time he taught me even shorter but very powerful ways to fold his practices into the other practices I do have time to do. Fortunately, Heruka's practices, unlike those of other Tantric deities, become ever more powerful as times become more degenerate, and, certainly, to paraphrase Madonna, we are living in a degenerate time, and I am a degenerate guy!
Since I seldom do the full, formal practices as they are laid out in the book these days, I have not really read this book for a long time. Indeed, although I knew and studied with Geshe-la while he was writing this book and for a few years after it came out, I have not been a student of his for a few years now. But, on a recent retreat I had wanted to see how to integrate some esoteric teachings from another tradition with my Heruka underpinnings, (easy and powerful to do, BTW!), so I brought this book along and gave it another reading. I had recalled only the book's emphasis on generation stage, since that is ostensibly what the book and practices are about, and I was no longer emphasizing generation stage, so I just thought I'd read it as background to Geshe-la's books on completion stage practices (Tantric Grounds and Paths, and Clear Light of Bliss). During the re-reading I was amazed how good it was, especially the way Geshe-la weaves penetrating completion stage teachings and practices in at every opportunity. And, as with one other of Geshe-la's books, the words seemed somehow not to be written on mere paper, but appeared to float in a clear sky! I left the retreat with great renewed affection for this book and its author, and I thought I'd write a review to reflect that.
As for the book itself, it is flawlessly written and published, as are all Geshe-la's books. The language and presentation are clear and precise, and specifically suited to Westerners. As they state, "Tharpa Publications is a publisher of Buddhist books that provide the most complete and integrated presentation of the Buddhist path to enlightenment available in any western language, from basic introductions to Buddhism and meditation to detailed and lucid expositions of the highest Buddhist philosophy and Tantric practice". Most true. And to underscore the timeless quality of the whole enterprise we find, "Set in Palatino by Tharpa Publications. Printed on acid-free 250-year longlife paper and bound by Butler and Tanner, Frome, Somerset, England". Indeed.
Once again, this is probably not a book for very many people. Only someone drawn to Heruka and his practices is really likely to get much out of this book, and only then if they have received the empowerment and oral transmission of the teachings from Geshe-la. And most Tantric practitioners who have received Heruka empowerments from Geshe-la or anyone else seem to practice the related and much easier Vajrayogini practices these days, so we Heruka practitioners are probably a fairly rare breed. But if you are drawn to Heruka (it is probably true that "you don't choose Heruka, Heruka chooses you!") get the book, the empowerment and the oral transmission of the practices, and enjoy!
Keth
For those drawn to the Chakrasambara (Heruka) Tantra, Geshe Kelsang finally revealed all the essential practices after many years of offering only Vajrayogini training. However, you will also need his definitive Vajrayogini book, "Guide to Dakini Land", because apart from the sadhanas and the completion stage meditations the two practices are substantially the same 11-Yoga system, so he hasn't duplicated the yogas held in common between the two.
For the Heruka practitioner this book is the fundamental guide to Dharma practice from the day you open it until the end of your life, by which time you will hopefully have become a Buddha.
Gldasiy
This book is an explanation on how to practice Heruka's body mandala. The author has explained in detail so the reader is able to follow through on a extesive practice. If you are a tantric practioner that needs some guidance from a qualified teacher this is the book for you. In the back of the book there is a few sadhana that coordinate with the teachings. The book is quite advanced. If you are a beginner in Buddhism this is probably not a good first book to read. Try Universal Compassion by the same author.
Irostamore
but far too much headjunk. you'll be creating a monster of a vajraego, spending all your time dreaming up your "immortalself". you'll become a vajrajunky w/a headfulla great artwork. great for artists.
Vajrayana, diamond body-vehicle, lightening-thunder, is incredibe really. you'll have to find your own way on it because the lamas will only feed on you, especial if you're female.
check out Vernon Howard if you want some realthing.
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Skyway
This is a very dense book written/compiled by a highly controversial figure. But I'll put that aside and get to the main concerns.

This practice is a highly experiential, perhaps one of the most experiential, respected, and guarded teachings in the Buddhist canon. This kind of transmission really must be done in person sitting with a qualified vajra master. Without this personal interaction, you are getting a really interesting read. But you are not getting the presence or mindstream of the guru.

Just as Padmasambhava said that enlightenment is not possible without siddhis, and siddhis not possible without the yiddam, I will extend that principle and state that sadhana without a living transmission from the guru risks, for most people, especially someone having never been through any in-person empowerment, of being merely amusement or wonder. At it's best some vajra masters indicate that it is possible to receive the transmission through video but that is another topic.

Even if you had the Heruka empowerment already, this book is still a little dense and a hard read. This book is like trying to learn how to assemble an entire automobile using only a chiltons sans diagrams.

Books on the dharma are most helpful when the discussion is around the view, lan rim, or general philosophical topics. Even some texts on Dzogchen are something you can follow. But when it comes to a yiddam practice, without the empowerment and pith instructions from a living master you are taking the hard way.

One should not underestimate the subtle effects and interaction between the vajra master and the student. The sadhana is the container, is it not the essence.