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Mahakala: Panjarnata with Kila [Lower Body]

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The Mahakala with a kila (purba) lower body is a protector practice received from Padmasambhava by Khon Lu'i Sungwa of the Khon family. It was originally passed down through the Sakya tradition. It can also be found in the Jonang and Gelug traditions.

In the Rinjung Gyatsa text of Taranata there is reference made to Hevajra as the self-generation. Vajrakila is mentioned in verse in the body of the liturgy. In the Gelug version written by the 4th Panchen Lama Tanpai Nyima all mention of Vajrakila is removed and the deity Yamari is added.

This rare form of Mahakala appears as a secondary figure in the extended Panchen Lama Incarnation Lineage sets of Tashi Lhunpo Monastery. See HAR #59695.

Lineage: Vajrasattva, Acharya Padma, Khon Lu'i Wangpo Sungwa, Dorje Rinchen, Sherab Yontan, Gegyab, Getong, Balpo, Shakya Lodro, Sherab Tsultrim, Konchog Gyalpo, Gongma Shi [Sachen, Jetsun, Lobpon, Sapan], Ka'upa Oden Pal, Bulungpa, Kunga Dorje, Gadenpa Kunso, Ganpa Rinchen, Lama Dampa [Sonam Gyaltsen], Tegchen Choje, Dagchen Drag Lowa, Dagchen Lodro Wangchug, Je Kunga Chog Drub, Jetsun Drolchog, Doringpa, Dragtopa, Taranata, etc. [Taranata received the initiation and practice from both lineage teachers Doringpa and Dragtopa]. [Yidam Gyatso, pages 882-888, lineage page 1219].

Jeff Watt 7-2015 [updated 6-2017]