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True Buddha Dharma-character Treasury - Vajrakilaya

On Sunday, Oct. 22, 2017, 3:00 pm, at True Buddha Rainbow Temple, True Buddha School Dharma King Living Buddha Lian-sheng Sheng-yen Lu will preside over a Vajrakilaya Homa Ceremony followed by the empowerment of Vajrakilaya Uncommon Practice and the teaching of the Lamdre. (Live Webcast Link:

【Vajrakilaya Mudra :】


Interlace the fingers inward (or outward). Straighten the middle fingers while keeping the fingertips touching.

【Vajrakilaya Seed Syllable :】

                      Hum (blue in color)

【Vajrakilaya Mantra :】

Long Mantra:「Om。bie-zha。ji-li-ji-la-ya。 sha-er-wa。 bi-ga-nian。 bang。hum-pei。」

Shorter Mantra:「Om。pu-ba。 duo-jie。hum-pei。」
Shortest Mantra:「Om。pu-ba。 duo-jie。hum。」

【Vajrakilaya Dharmalakṣaṇa Brief Introduction】

Vajrakilaya has a dark blue body, three faces, three eyes, six arms, four legs and a pair of wings. Of the three faces, his blue middle face, symbolizing the ''mind'' of all buddhas, represents Mahasthamaprapta, who is namely Vajrapani. His white right face, symbolizing the ''body'' of all buddhas, represents Manjushri, namely Yamantaka. His red left face, symbolizing the ''speech'' of all buddhas, represents Amitabha (Avalokitesvara), namely Hayagriva.

With one pair of hands, Vajrakilaya holds a phurba in front of his chest. His first right hand holds a nine-pronged vajra scepter while his second right hand holds a five-pronged vajra scepter. His first left hand holds burning flames while his second left hand holds a trident.
Vajrakilaya has wings on his back. His two right feet trample on the backs of two male devils while his two left feet step on the chests of two female devils.

Living Buddha Lian-sheng Sheng-yen Lu Dharma Talk - Vajrakilaya Background and Magnificence】

Vajrakilaya (Jilijilaya) is called Puba Jingang [Phurba Vajra] in Chinese and Dorje Phurba in Tibetan. ''Phurba'' means ''vajra dagger.'' Most vajra daggers are namely Vajrakilaya. Some vajra daggers may look like this vajra dagger which has three faces in white, red, and blue respectively. A phurba is a vajra dagger, where ''vajra'' means ''dharma protector.''

Vajrakilaya, also known as Karma Heruka, is the wrathful form of Vajrasattva. His image is extraordinary. He has three faces and a body with arms, feet, and wings. His divine power is truly magnificent.

Vajrakilaya (Jilijilaya) is the embodiment of Yamantaka, Hayagriva, and Vajrapani, and thus represents these three wrathful deities. He is a manifestation of the vows of Samantabhadra Tathagata and also a manifestation of the collective vows of all buddhas and bodhisattvas.

Vajrakilaya is venerated in all four schools of Tibetan Buddhism. They all have the source of the Vajrakilaya Practice. Among the four Tibetan schools it is the Nyingma School, the old Red Sect, which holds Vajrakilaya in the highest esteem.

Vajrakilaya has tremendous power. He is a powerful ghost of the Sitavan charnel ground, and in fact, the sovereign of the Sitavan charnel ground. In other words, he is king of the graveyard. Unfortunately, he committed a great many evil deeds. Padmasambhava, upon encountering this powerful ghost, subdued him, entered into his body and mind, and transformed him into Vajrakilaya, a Buddhist dharma protector with the supernatural power of Divine Feet. Padmasambhava has many transformations, one of which is winged Vajrakilaya. Vajrakilaya's image is therefore transformed from Padmasambhava. Because Vajrakilaya is endowed with wings, he is able to fly.

Later, Vajrakilaya encountered Vajrasattva, the founder of Vajrayana. Seeing the situation, Vajrasattva descended and manifested into the exact image of this powerful ghost king, that is, with three heads, six arms, and a pair of divine wings. Vajrasattva then subdued the powerful ghost king and further transformed him into a Vajrayana dharma protector. Therefore, in addition to his original power as ghost king, Vajrakilaya also possesses the divine power of Vajrasattva.

In Padmasambhava's biography, it states that Padmasambhava was once departing Tibet with his consort Yeshe Tsogyal. As they were approaching a cliff in Nepal, Padmasambhava manifested thirteen different Vajrakilaya mandalas which include Padmasambhava manifesting as Vajrakilaya. These Vajrakilaya are called Guru Jilijilaya. Because of these manifestations, Vajrakilaya has thirteen mandalas and thirteen different poses, that is, his image is unique in each mandala.

Although Padmasambhava did indeed teach the Vajrakilaya Practice to Yeshe Tsogyal, it seems that Vajrakilaya was originally going to descend into the mandala she made but then failed to do so. This was due to negligence in the construction of the mandala by one of the mandala builders engaged by Yeshe Tsogyal. As a result, Padmasambhava's consort acquired half, only half, of the Vajrakilaya Practice. This demonstrates that the layout of a mandala is critical. Each of the thirteen mandalas is different and so is the posture of Vajrakilaya in each one.

This deity has been called ''the collective of all buddhas, bodhisattvas and undertakings.'' His power is infinite because he has three faces, each face representing a vajra protector. ''Collective'' refers to Manjushri, the bodhisattva with the greatest wisdom; Avalokitesvara, the bodhisattva with the greatest compassion; and Vajrapani, the bodhisattva with the greatest dharma power. The combined dharma power, compassion, and wisdom of these three bodhisattvas manifests as Vajrakilaya. Being such a powerful manifestation, mighty Vajrakilaya can subdue the Devil afflicting sentient beings. By commanding and subjugating the Devil, Vajrakilaya is able to bring peace and happiness to sentient beings in the three realms. Vajrakilaya has the power to transcend all obstacles and sever worldly attachments. He is also able to stop evil ghosts, spirits, and non-humans, eradicate demonic obstacles, and repel evil spells. Additionally, Vajrakilaya has the power to eliminate all karmic hindrances of sentient beings.

Vajrakilaya, a powerful ghost king, is able to subdue all evil ghosts and malicious spirits, chase away karmic creditors, and grant all of one's wishes. Vajrakilaya Practice is considered the first part of Vajra dharma practice. Because Vajrakilya is a powerful dharma protector and a deity with whom one can easily attain spiritual union, many practitioners in Tibet adopt Vajrakilaya Practice as their initial practice. After receiving the Vajrakilaya empowerment and attaining spiritual union, all sorts of malicious spirits, demons, monsters and evil will be completely eradicated.

Vajrakilaya empowerment includes the empowerment of Yamantaka, who is also called Vajrabhairava. If one has attained spiritual union with Vajrakilaya, one will not be defeated even by Lord Yama. On the contrary, Lord Yama will show one great respect. Moreover, one will never descend to hell or transmigrate in the six realms of samsara. Eradication of black magic is the specialty of Vajrapani. Therefore, when attacked by black magic one should chant the Vajrakilaya mantra. As soon as Vajrakilaya comes forth, the black magic will be totally eliminated. The unique characteristic of Hayagriva is his extremely swift response. Hayagriva symbolizes horsepower. His ''horsepower'' is quite strong.

Vajrakilaya's primary function is subjugation, but since he embodies the power of Vajrasattva, he is also able to perform calamity eradication, enrichment, and harmonization. In addition, he cures the illnesses of sentient beings and delivers sentient beings to the pure land.

With this kind of power, Vajrakilaya is magnificent. Everyone thinks about this: as long as black is subdued, white will appear and so will light. Once light appears, good fortune will naturally follow. One then gains affinity with honorable people, good luck, wealth, and wisdom. Calamities will be eradicated and all kinds of evil will be completely subjugated. This is the mighty power of Vajrakilaya.

When I (Living Buddha Lian-sheng Sheng-yen Lu) visited Master Thubten Dhargye for the first time, I was given a three-faced vajra scepter which was namely a Vajra Phurba.

The mudra of Vajrakilaya resembles a phurba dagger. Pointing the middle fingers of the mudra toward oneself subjugates one's scattered thoughts, whereas pointing the middle fingers of the mudra away from oneself subjugates one's afflictions and obstacles. Rubbing the middle fingers together three times causes Vajrakilaya to descend. Each time one cultivates the Vajrakilaya Practice, Vajrakilaya will definitely appear and accept the offerings made to him.

Vajrakilaya Sadhana

!!Please be aware that before engaging in any True Buddha Vajrayana practices, one must first take refuge and receive the respective empowerment.!!

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