Himalayan Art Resources

Item: Indian Adept (siddha) - Jalandhara

རྒྱ་གར་གྱི་གྲུབ་ཆེན། 印度大成就者
(item no. 65218)
Origin Location Tibet
Date Range 1600 - 1699
Lineages Buddhist
Material Metal
Collection Rubin Museum of Art
Notes about the Central Figure

Classification: Person

Appearance: Mahasiddha

Gender: Male

Interpretation / Description

Jalandhara: the Net Holder (Abhayadatta Shri #46. Vajrasana #36).

Born and raised as a Brahmin in Turkara City, Jalandhara one day became disgusted with the world he saw around him and renounced his worldly life to meditate in a charnel ground. He entered a state of heightened consciousness and heard the voice of a Dakini coming out of the sky saying he was to learn about absolute truth. He continually called in prayer to the Dakini until eventually, she appeared before him. She gave him the initiation into the practices of the Hevajra Tantra and instructions on Perfection Stage yoga, telling him to meditate on the indivisibility of appearance and emptiness. Jalandhara did these practices for seven years and achieved the ultimate realization, Mahamudra. He spent the rest of his life working selflessly for the good of all beings until he entered the pure realm of Khechari accompanied by three hundred students. (Abhayadatta Tradition, folio 193).

Monty McKeever 12-2005

Texts by Jalandhara:
TOH 2173. Sri-cakrasamvara-garbha-tattvasiddhi.
TOH 2278. Vajrayogini-sadhana-nama.
TOH 2366. Hevajra-sadhanasya tippani-suddhi-vajrapradipa-nama.
TOH 3240. Humkara-citta-bindu-bhavana-krama-nama.
TOH 4627. Bhagavac-chambatra-stotra.
TOH 4838. Sri-mahakarunikabhiseka-prakaranopadesa-nama.
(Buddha's Lions, The Lives of the Eighty-Four Siddhas. Abhayadatta, translated by James B. Robinson. Dharma Publishing, 1979).

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