Pa Gyud - The Father Tantras

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Pa Gyud - The Father Tantras

Post by kalden yungdrung » Sat Jan 20, 2018 6:50 pm

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The Father Tantras are not classifed like in the Nyingma tradition. They form a basic group which is collectively known as the “Five Supreme Citadels” (gSas mkhar mchog lnga) and count the following Yidams :

1. Welse Ngampa associated with the Body (sku)
2. Lhagö Thokpa associated with the Speech (gsung)
3. Tsochok Khagying associated with the Mind (thugs)
4. Welchen Gekhö associated with the Qualities (yon tan)
5. Drukse Chempa associated with the Activities (phrin las).


Each Yidam is depicted in his wrathful form and appears in union with his consort. The central one is Tsochok Khagying. Whatever Yidam you practice, you are gradually reaching the four levels of Knowledge Holders of Vidyadharas. For reasons which have been discussed by S.G. Karmay somewhere in his research works, the practice of Lhagö Thokpa is not really widespread.

Father Tantras are mostly concerned with the Development Stage (bskyed rim), they also have Perfection Stage (rdzogs rim) instructions but not as developed as in the Magyü. For this reason the Tsalung are quite limited.

Why are people attracted to a given Yidam? It depends on many things. The main reason is the clanic affinity (rigs) one has when receiving some initiation like the Zhitros. If you throw your flower or pebble on the central figure, then you are of course karmically connected with this deity. Remember that your eyes are folded at the time, so it’s really karma that decides, not you.

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The yidam deity, Walsé Ngampa is the embodiment of Enlightened Body. He is dark blue with 9 heads and 18 arms with which he holds various weapons for subduing obstacles. The main ritual text for this deity is entitled, “Stages of Practice for Walsé” which was composed by the great sage Drenpa Namkha. His consort has the peaceful nature of the enlightened Great Mother Satrik Érsang and is known as Ngammo Yumchen Tröpé Taktenma. Her body is dark green.





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The yidam deity, Lhagö Thokpa, is the embodiment of Enlightened Speech. He is dark blue with 4 heads and ten arms with which he holds various weapons for subduing obstacles. This yidam is not widely practiced at present. His consort has the nature of Sipé Gyalmo and is known as Jangnak Tröma. Her body is dark green and she has blue turquoise-colored hair.




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The yidam deity, Trowo Tsochok Khagying, is the embodiment of Enlightened Mind. He is dark blue with 3 heads and 6 arms. The main ritual text for this deity is known by the abbreviated title, “The Great Empowerment of Trowo.” His consort is Khala Dukmo. Her body is red and she wears a sun, moon and stars as a head ornament.
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Re: Pa Gyud - The Father Tantras

Post by kalden yungdrung » Sat Jan 20, 2018 6:53 pm

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The yidam deity, Walchen Gekho, is the embodiment of Enlightened Quality. This deity is closely associated with the ancient kingdom of Zhang Zhung and Mt. Tisé (Mt. Kailash). He is dark blue with 9 heads, 4 legs and the wings like a garuda. He has 18 arms with which he holds various weapons for subduing obstacles. There are 5 tantric texts associated with the yidam.

One of them was written by the esteemed first abbot of Menri Monstery, Nyammé Sherap Gyaltsen, and is entitled, “Secret Fierce Gekho.” His consort is the queen of the Drala and has a body that is red.




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The yidam deity, Walpur Drukse Chempa, is the embodiment of Enlightened Activity. This yidam is also referred to as Phurba. He has 3 faces and 6 arms, each of which are holding a phurba, or ritual dagger. He and his consort’s body are joined below the waist and form a single phurba adorned with snakes. Both the yidam and his consort have wings. There are many ritual texts associated with Trowo Drukse Chempa.
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