|THE LOST BUDDHIST SADHANAS PROJECT
There are many types of Buddhism. In East Asia, Buddhism tends to be monastic and dependent on texts and commentaries. In the West, it tends to be secular and focused on psychology and ethics. Each has many styles of interpretation and many ritual practices to follow.
But some forms of Buddhism have disappeared over time, and we know little about them today. Finding them again requires skills that have been lost as well, skills that are often categorized today as irrational or impossible. These skills are the basis of this website, finding lost practices of the Buddhist supernatural worlds or sambhogakaya, revealed by bodhisattvas and dakinis through visionary experience, and written in modern English.
Textual religions often deny newer revealed or charismatic forms. However, this is a website based on modern Buddhist revelation. The concept of the terma, a hidden or lost treasure text, is usually known in Vajrayana Buddhism as a teaching that has been deliberately hidden or suppressed long ago. Some of these practices were not deliberately hidden, but rather lost by accident. Their recovery gives insight into other understandings of Buddhism that emphasize the role of the yidam or inner spiritual guide. Teachings that were hidden, suppressed, or lost can be found again or revealed.
While modern Buddhism often presents itself as a simple practice of breathing and inner emptiness, the religion has gone through many complex changes over time. There were debates after the historical Buddha's death, in approximately the fifth century BCE, over the correct interpretation of the Buddha's teachings. Large councils were held to settle these controversies. Buddhism ended up divided into several forms, primarily Theravada and Mahayana, but the council's decisions did not stop religious innovation. The spiritual practices or sadhanas we shall discuss here are from Mahayana, and later Vajrayana Buddhism.
We will begin by discussing some of the historical origins and philosophical antecedents to our first group of lost sadhanas, and then proceed to the sadhanas themselves. Our first essay focuses specifically on the importance of Yidams or inner Buddhist gurus as sources of and guides to the practices described at the site.
Our Discussion Begins HereThe Lost Bodhi Tree Sadhana
Methodology: Observer and Participant, Yidams and the Personal Side The Buddhist Forest Tradition The Migration of Buddhism From Northern India to Tibet Continuing Revelation and the Vajrayana Path Clerical Versus Shamanic Buddhism Some Modern Problems and the Terma Response
The Bodhi Tree is a Lost Buddhist Practice From the Vajra Bhairava
The Textual Basis for the Bodhi Tree Meditation The Bodhi Tree Meditation - the Jivamala or First Watch of the Night The Bodhi Tree Meditation - The Second, Third, and Fourth Watches of the Night
The Vajra Bhairava Describes the Importance of the Vajra SymbolOur Discussion of Concepts and Practices That Come From the Vajra Dakini Begins Here
The Vajra Symbol Can Orient the Seeker After Death Vajra Dakini's Focus on Devotion The Buddhist Soul What is a Yidam? Yidam Roles Yidam Reflection Versus Yidam Emanation Mantras as a Means of Meditation The Landscape of Death
Vajra Dakini's Focus on Devotional Practice in Buddhism
Vajra Dakini Commentary
The Vajra Dakini Meditations Begin Here
The Vajra Dakini Initiation Devotion to and Contemplation of a Yidam The Diamond Land Meditation The Paradise and the Ice Cave Meditation
The Meditations on the Bird-Headed Forms of the Vajra Dakini
An Introduction to the Dakini Bird Practice The Function of Yidams or Spiritual Guides for the Practice A Listing of the Bird Forms of the Vajra Dakini The Eagle Form of the Vajra Dakini The Hawk Form of the Vajra Dakini The Vulture Form of the Vajra Dakini The Raven Form of the Vajra Dakini The Owl Form of the Vajra Dakini The Goose Form of the Vajra Dakini The Sparrow Form of the Vajra Dakini
The Role of the Vajra Yogini and a Discussion of Suffering
Vajra Yogini - The Trauma Goddess Vajra Yogini - The River of Pain Vajra Yogini - Dealing with Traumatic Memories and PTSD
The Vajra Yogini and Creativity
Vajra Yogini - Explaining the Sambhogakaya Vajra Yogini - Creativity in the Sambhogakaya Vajra Yogini - Emerging From the Sambhogakaya Vajra Yogini - The Forms of the Yogini
The Vajra Yogini Meditations Begin HereThe Bodhisattva Maitreya Describes His Role, and the Road to His Paradise
The Three Thrones Meditation Visiting the Land of the Yoginis The Sacrifice to the Yoginis Meditation
The Bodhisattva Maitreya Meditations Begin Here
Maitreya Introduction Maitreya - The Road to Shangri-La Maitreya - An Infinite Gem as the Doorway to Paradise Maitreya's Comments, and Contrasting the Paths of Fullness and EmptinessVajradhara - the Adi-Buddha and the Source of the Vajra Bhairava The First Step - The Maitreya Initiation The Second Step - Renouncing the Past The Third Step - The Banner of Love The Fourth Step - Fulfilling One's Destiny Legacy - Completing One's Karmic Destiny The Paradise Rider Meditation
Ratnapani - The Bodhisattva and Spiritual Emanation of Ratnasambhava
Vajradhara Speaks of Himself, and the Role of YidamsVajrasattva - The Primordial Buddha of Pure Diamond Light Ratnapani- The Organic and Crystalline Paths Upward Ratnapani- The Crystal Gallery of Illusion
Conclusion - The Yidams Speak on the Subject of Lost Sadhanas
Vajrasattva Describes His Role as Adi-Buddha Vajrasattva - Gaining the Diamond Body Meditation
Lost Sadhanas - Conclusion
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Introduction | Methodology - Participant/Observer | The Bodhi Tree Sadhanas | Vajra Dakini Discussion | Vajra Dakini Commentary | Vajra Dakini Sadhanas | Vajra Yogini Commentary | Maitreya Sadhanas | Vajradhara Speaks About Yidams | Lost Sadhanas Conclusion
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