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Publication: Nartang Gyatsa (Deity Function)

Nartang Gyatsa Deity Function | Iconography Collections

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- Nartang Gyatsa Contents List
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The Nartang Gyatsa is a popular compendium of initiation and deity yoga practices. It is believed to be a compilation composed by Chim Namkha Drag (1210-1285) based on the common initiation practices taught by Jowo Atisha. Like the Bari Gyatsa of Bari Lotsawa Rinchen Drag, the Nartang Gyatsa appears to be a shortened and condensed version of the Sadhanamala, a text containing several hundred deity descriptions. Both the earlier Bari Gyatsa and the Nartang appear to be shortened versions with a hand picked selection of preferred deity practices.

There is an original version of the text by Chim Namkha Drag and then there are many edited versions with slight re-arrangements in the order of subjects and deities.

One Hundred Methods of Accomplishment of Nartang Monastery According to Deity Function

Auspicious & Peaceful Activities:
- Shakyamuni Buddha, Sixteen Arhats & Four Guardian Kings
- Akshobhya Buddha
- Chaturbhuja Avalokiteshvara
- Khasarpana Avalokiteshvara
- Ekadashamukha Avalokiteshvara
- Khadiravana Tara
- Bhrikuti

Long-life & Removal of Sickness & Disease:
- Simhanada Avalokiteshvara
- Sita Tara
- Parnashavari
- Bhurkumkuta
- Ushnishavijaya (Solitary): Nine Deity
(Avalokiteshvara)
(Vajrapani)
(Achala)
(Takkiraja)
(Niladanda)
(Mahabala)

Wisdom Producing Activities:
- Arapachana Manjushri-ghosha
- Vadisimha Manjushri
- Sita Manjughosha
- Sarasvati
- Sita Achala
- Maitreyanata
- Pajnaparamita

Peaceful, Sem-Wrathful Obstacle Removing:
- Marichi
- Sitatapatra
- Pratisara
(Maha Mayuri)
(Maha Sahasrapramardani)
(Mantramanudharani)
(Maha Sitavati)

Wealth Producing Activities:
- Jambhala (Yellow)
- Vaishravana
- Vasudhara

Wrathful Activities:
- Nila Achala
- Sutrakrama Ekavira Vajrapani
- Bhutadamara Vajrapani
- Hayagriva
- Vighnantaka
- Mahabala
- Bhuta Aparajita
- Kartaridhara Mahakala

Jeff Watt 12-2013