The suggested donation is $160 for all four sessions, but nobody will be turned away because of money. The Vajravarahi/Vajrayogini empowerment is not required to attend these sessions. This meeting is open to everyone regardless of their experience with Tibetan Buddhism.
The Practice of Vajrayogini:
History, Methods, & Connection to the Six Dharmas of Nāropa
The meditation practice of Vajrayogini, also called Vajravarahi, has been performed for the past millennium and has been an essential part of meditation training in practically all the inner vajrayana traditions of Tibet. In these talks, we will first explore the complex history of the emergence of these traditions in Tibet. In delving into the mysteries surrounding Vajrayogini's historical birth in Tibet, a clearer understanding of what the actual practice has meant to meditators, versus the rhetoric surrounding the practice, can perhaps be more fully appreciated.
Next, we will briefly touch upon the varieties of Vajrayogini practice in Tibet, before directly approaching a single lineage of practice, that of the Drigung Kagyü. Discussing the Tibetan textual materials of Marpa Lotsawa (11th century), Phagmo Drupa (12th century), Jigten Sumgön (12-13th centuries), Kunga Rinchen (15th-16th centuries), Rinchen Phüntshog (16th century), Rigdzin Chökyi Dragpa (16th-17th centuries), Orgyen Nüden Dorje (19th century), and Könchog Chökyab (19th century) we will discover what the practice of Vajrayogini has been in this tradition and specifically how it is performed in both concise and extensive fashions.
Last, we will approach Vajrayogini as not an exclusive practice on its own, but as part of a greater vision that the Kagyü meditators have had, as the practice was ultimately merged with that of the Six Dharmas of Naropa (fiery lady/candali, luminosity, dreams, illusory body, transference, and bardo) and Mahamudra. The practices of cultivating fiery heat, bliss, non-conceptuality, and ultimate candali (gtum mo) are particularly interrelated with Vajrayogini, as the candali fire itself is taught to be none other than her blazing manifestation within the inner body and mind of the meditator.
Eric Fry-Miller has been a professional translator of both oral and written Tibetan for the past decade. He has completed a number of meditation retreats, including a three-year and three-fortnight retreat in the Drigung Kagyü tradition. He has also done graduate work in Tibetan studies at both Indiana University and the University of Virginia. His current work is focused on the translator Marpa Lotsawa, the Six Dharmas of Naropa and related materials, the development of Vajrayogini/Vajravarahi practice in Tibet, and the development and practice of Dzogchen Nyingthig thod rgal traditions.