The Empowerment (wang chen) of the Thirteen Deity Yamantaka
and the Practice Instructions (shalung) for its Sadhana
Yamantaka is wrathful form of Manjushri, the perfect wisdom of all Buddhas. This yidam-deity belongs to the class of Anuttarayogatantra (Highest Yoga Tantra). On the outer level the blessings of receiving the empowerment of the Thirteen Deity Yamantaka will help in averting obstacles, overcoming sicknesses and obstructing forces etc. On the internal level, receiving the empowerment will help to overcome our negative emotions (kleshas), increase our wisdom, aid in the fulfillment of our wishes etc. However, the ultimate goal of Vajrayana practice is the attainment of perfect Buddhahood.
To receive the initiation it is recommended that participants practice Lamrim (i. e. Loving Kindness, Compassion, Bodhicitta and the Wisdom realizing Emptiness) as the foundation for engaging in tantric practice.
The commitment for receiving the empowerment and practice instructions
of the Thirteen Deity Yamantaka is to recite either the short or long Six Session Guru Yoga on a daily basis. There are no extra commitments to attend the practice instructions, although one receives these teachings to learn how to practice the sadhana of the Thirteen Deity Yamantaka – so we encourage those who plan to receive these teachings, to also aspire to do the practice, of either the short or long sadhana, in the future.
In order to receive the practice instructions of the Thirteen Deity Yamantaka one must either already have received the empowerment, or if one does not have the empowerment, receive it on this occasion. Please note that the empowerment of the Solitary Hero Yamantaka is not sufficient to attend the practice instructions of the Thirteen Deity Yamantaka Sadhana!
The Permission Blessing (je nang) of Vajrasattva
Vajrasattva is a yidam-deity whose practice has the power to purify all negativities and obscurations of our body, speech and mind. This also includes restoring root downfalls of Bodhisattva-vows, and restoring impaired tantric samayas. Vajrasattva practice is particularly important for Vajrayana practitioners, because in the Vajrayana, one takes samayas (commitments). Practicing Vajrasattva helps in purifying all breakages of our samayas, also those caused by first receiving an empowerment (wang) or practice permission (je nang), and subsequently doing the practice wrong, mispronouncing mantras and prayers etc.