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Vajrakila Masterworks

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- Vajrakila: Peg Wielding Deity. Part 1
- Vajrakila: Peg Wielding Deity. Part 2
- Vajrakila: A Bridge Between Traditions
- Kila/Purba 'Peg'
- Kila Peg & Mount Meru

Vajrakila, Heruka (Tibetan: dor je phur ba, trag tung. English: Vajra Peg, Blood Drinker). Also known as Vajra Kumara (Vajra Youth) or Vajrakilaya, he is the activity aspect from the set of Eight Herukas (Tib.: ka gye) of the Mahayoga Tantras of the Nyingma Tradition of Tibetan Buddhism and a principal meditational deity for both the Nyingmapa and Sakyapa, later taken up by the Jonang and many of the various Kagyu Traditions. The study of Vajrakila can be divided into three major subjects: (1) the early Nyingma and Sakya Traditions, (2) the later 'Revealed Treasure' (Terma) traditions and (3) the Purba Drugse Chempa of the Bon Religion.

Sanskrit: Vajrakila

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Jeff Watt 11-2000 [updated 5-2017, 2-2020]

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