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Buddhist Deity: Vajrayogini, Khechara (Naropa Tradition)

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- Khechara Vajrayogini Description (below)
- Masterworks
- Naked Vajrayogini
- Vajrayogini Naropa Outline
- Vajrayogini Index of Names
- Technical Glossary
- Khechara Pureland
- Ritual Mandala Plate
- Chakrasamvara Main Page
- Vajra Attribute Page
- Confusions
- Others...

Types of Naropa Tradition Style Appearance:
- Sakya Tradition
- Marpa Kagyu Tradition
- Thirty-seven Deity Mandala (Virupa, Rwa lotsawa)
- Shangpa Kagyu Tradition
- Pabongkha Dechen Nyingpo Style
- Others...

Important Tantric Cycles:
- Eleven Yogas of Naropa
- Six Dharmas of Naropa
- Others...

Sanskrit: Vajrayogini Tibetan: dor je nal jor ma

Sanskrit: Tibetan:

Vajrayogini, the 'Khechari of Naropa' (Tibetan: dor je nal jor ma, na ro kha cho ma). Belonging to the Chakrasamvara collection of Tantras and one of the five principal tantric practices of the Sakya School. Bibliographic reference: Laghusamvara Nama.

Vajrayogini, is a representation of complete buddhahood in female form. Classified as Wisdom or 'Mother' Anuttarayoga Tantra the practices originate with the Chakrasamvara Cycle of Tantras. Although found in a variety of forms, she is common to all schools of Tibetan Buddhism. In this particular form she is a special teaching passed down from the lineage of the Indian mahasiddha Naropa through to the Sakya School. This form is also popular within the Gelugpa Tradition.

There are a number of different iconographic types, or appearances, of Vajrayogini in the Naropa Traditions. In the Sakya tradition depiction she wears a necklace of fifty white skulls. In the Drugpa Kagyu system she wears a necklace of fifty freshly severed heads. The Thirty-seven Deity Mandala tradition depict the central Yogini in the same manner as the Sakya Tradition. The Shangpa is similar to the Sakya. In the Pabongkha style Yogini looks down towards sentient beings rather than drinking blood and looking up towards the pureland of Khechara.

Guru Lineage 1: Vajradhara, Vajrayogini, mahasiddha Naropa, Pamtingpa, Sherab Tseg, Mal Lotsawa, Sachen Kunga Nyingpo, Sonam Tsemo, Dragpa Gyaltsen, Sakya Pandita, Chogyal Pagpa, etc.

Guru Lineage 2: Lineage: Vajradharma, Vajrayogini, Mahasiddha Ghantapada, Tengipa, Antarapa, Tilopa, Naropa, Marpa, etc.

Jeff Watt 4-2001 [updated 3-2017, 5-2017]