Eight Heruka Main Page | Heruka: Nyingma Outline Page
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- Eight Heruka Definition (below)
- Heruka: Nyingma Outline Page
- Eight Vidhyadara
- Eight Heruka Painting Set
- Eight Heruka Drawing Set
- Initiation Cards
- Initiation Cards (Drubtob Kagye)
- Heruka Definition Page
- Heruka Types Outline Page
- Guhyagarbha Tantra (Peaceful & Wrathful Deities)
- Lama Gongdu Terma Cycle
Eight Pronouncement Heruka:
1. Yamari (Manjushri Krodha) - body - Manjushrimitra.
2. Hayagriva - speech - Nagarjuna.
3. Samputa - mind - Humkara.
4. Vajramrita - quality - Vimalamitra.
5. Vajrakila - activity - Padmasambhava.
6. Mamo Botong (Matarah) - Dhanasamskrita.
7. Jigten Choto (Lokastotrapuja) - Rambuguhya.
8. Mopa Dranag (Vajramantrabhiru) - Shantigarbha.
9. Mahottara Heruka (21 Faces) and Chemchog Heruka (3 Faces)
Early Nyingma had two principal systems of deity meditation:  the Peaceful & Wrathful Deities of the Guhyagarbha Tantra and  the Eight Pronouncement Heruka. Over time and with the rise of the 'Revealed Treasure' (Terma) teachings numerous  meditational forms of Padmasambhava grew in popularity essentially creating an additional third category of deity meditation types.
 Peaceful & Wrathful Deities of the Guhyagarbha Tantra (Shitro)
 Eight Pronouncement Heruka (Kagye)
 Meditational forms of Padmasambhava (Terma)
In the Nyingma (Old) Tradition the term Heruka (blood drinker) generally refers to any male-meditational deity, wrathful in appearance, typically with three faces, six arms, four legs, wings and a consort. There are eight famous Nyingma Heruka deities. Aside from those principal eight deities other deities with a semi-peaceful - semi-wrathful appearance, arising from specific Revealed Treasure Traditions, may also be referred to as Heruka.
Jeff Watt 6-2003 [updated 5-2017]