Identifying a deity

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Identifying a deity

Postby Konchog1 » Sun Jun 01, 2014 1:45 am

I think the name is something like "Heruka Namse"

He's practiced in the Nyingma and Gelug.

The yab is blue with four arms atop a snow lion, the yum is white.

He was in the upper right corner of a thangka of the 4th Dalai Lama.

Any info? Thank you.
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Re: Identifying a deity

Postby dzogchungpa » Sun Jun 01, 2014 3:52 am

Maybe Vaishravana?
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Re: Identifying a deity

Postby Konchog1 » Sun Jun 01, 2014 10:19 pm

dzogchungpa wrote:Maybe Vaishravana?
Oh is Namse the Tibetan word for Vaishravana? But no, he's a yidam.
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-Paraphrase of Khensur Rinpoche Lobsang Tsephel citing the Guhyasamaja Tantra

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Without attachment, self-liberating, like a snake in a knot.
Through the qualities of meditating in that way,
Mental obscurations are purified and the dharmakaya is attained."

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Re: Identifying a deity

Postby conebeckham » Sun Jun 01, 2014 10:34 pm

Can you post an image?

There are many forms of Namteuse....
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Re: Identifying a deity

Postby Konchog1 » Sun Jun 01, 2014 10:50 pm

conebeckham wrote:Can you post an image?

There are many forms of Namteuse....
Sorry, I'll try to remember to bring my camera next time I go to temple.

This is rare:

https://www.google.com/search?q=Namteuse
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Through the qualities of meditating in that way,
Mental obscurations are purified and the dharmakaya is attained."

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Re: Identifying a deity

Postby dzogchungpa » Sun Jun 01, 2014 10:59 pm

Vaishravana = rnam thos sras = rnam sras = namse.
He's one of the main protectors of the Gelugpas, but I don't know if it's what you're referring to.
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Re: Identifying a deity

Postby Sherab Dorje » Sun Jun 01, 2014 11:19 pm

Konchog1 wrote:
dzogchungpa wrote:Maybe Vaishravana?
Oh is Namse the Tibetan word for Vaishravana? But no, he's a yidam.
Vaishravana (Tibetan: རྣམ་ཐོས་སྲས rnam.thos.sras Namthöse) is a form of Yellow Dzambala and is (can be practiced as) a yidam.
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Re: Identifying a deity

Postby Konchog1 » Mon Jun 02, 2014 12:13 am

It wasn't Vaishravana. I know what Vaishravana looks like.

The deity I saw was blue with four arms atop a snow lion, the consort was white.

While on the subject, I feel bad for Vaishravana. It seems Lhamo, Kalarupa, and Mahakala get all the attention. Unexpected as Vaishravana gives wealth.
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Without attachment, self-liberating, like a snake in a knot.
Through the qualities of meditating in that way,
Mental obscurations are purified and the dharmakaya is attained."

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Re: Identifying a deity

Postby conebeckham » Mon Jun 02, 2014 1:33 am

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Re: Identifying a deity

Postby Konchog1 » Mon Jun 02, 2014 2:11 am

conebeckham wrote:One of these?


http://www.geocities.ws/mahayanazengong/wealth.html" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;


No, completely different.
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Without attachment, self-liberating, like a snake in a knot.
Through the qualities of meditating in that way,
Mental obscurations are purified and the dharmakaya is attained."

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Re: Identifying a deity

Postby Sherab Dorje » Mon Jun 02, 2014 10:16 am

Without a photo I doubt we will get very far in this search.
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Re: Identifying a deity

Postby dzoki » Mon Jun 02, 2014 11:57 am

Konchog1 wrote:It wasn't Vaishravana. I know what Vaishravana looks like.

The deity I saw was blue with four arms atop a snow lion, the consort was white.

While on the subject, I feel bad for Vaishravana. It seems Lhamo, Kalarupa, and Mahakala get all the attention. Unexpected as Vaishravana gives wealth.


http://www.himalayanart.org/image.cfm/776.html

Your description reminds me of Chaturpitha (a.k.a Yogambhara|Naljor Namkha), but he has six arms, so i don' t know.
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Re: Identifying a deity

Postby Konchog1 » Mon Jun 02, 2014 9:40 pm

Sherab Dorje wrote:Without a photo I doubt we will get very far in this search.
I'll be visiting the temple at the end of the month.

dzoki wrote:http://www.himalayanart.org/image.cfm/776.html

Your description reminds me of Chaturpitha (a.k.a Yogambhara|Naljor Namkha), but he has six arms, so i don' t know.
Yes, that's him! I don't remember the two arms around the consort though... and I only remember one face... but everything else is the same

Also he seems to be most popular in the Kagyu, but I was told he is practiced in the Nyingma and Gelug and that he is a Heruka.

Hmm.
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Without attachment, self-liberating, like a snake in a knot.
Through the qualities of meditating in that way,
Mental obscurations are purified and the dharmakaya is attained."

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Re: Identifying a deity

Postby conebeckham » Tue Jun 03, 2014 12:16 am

Caturpitha (Chaturpita, Chatuhpitha, etc.) means "Four Seats," and it's one of the 13 Tantras of Marpa, included in the Kagyu NgakDzo. In Tibetan it's "Dorje DenShi" or rdo.rje.gdan.bzhi.

This is an Anuttarayogatantra of the Mother Class. See Kongtrul's Encylopedia, Book 8, part Three: Systems of Buddhist Tantra for more info. If you can read Tibetan, Taranatha wrote a manual related to the practice, as well.....there's other stuff on TBRC.

It's not very well known, in comparison to most of the other Tantras of Marpa's traditions. But 17th Karmapa instituted the practice of these in various Karma Kagyu monasteries; Den Zhi is practiced at Pullahari (Jamgon Kongtrul's place In Nepal). There's a Yabka practice including a 62 deity mandala, and the Yumka which is, I think, a 15 deity mandala. Also, in the past few months Gyaltsap Rinpoche hosted a huge Drupcho at his monastery, where each of these practices was done suimultaneously by the various monastic bodies, at one place.

Here's a picture of the Denzhi Tormas and shrine...
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Re: Identifying a deity

Postby Konchog1 » Sat Jun 21, 2014 11:46 pm

Here we are. The upper right of an image of the fourth Dalai Lama.

http://imgur.com/Kkyj3Nd
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Without attachment, self-liberating, like a snake in a knot.
Through the qualities of meditating in that way,
Mental obscurations are purified and the dharmakaya is attained."

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Re: Identifying a deity

Postby kong zen » Mon Jun 23, 2014 4:37 am

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Re: Identifying a deity

Postby Karinos » Mon Jun 23, 2014 3:00 pm

Yes this is Yogambara (Vajra Chaturpiṭha)
another nice thangka:
http://www.himalayanart.org/image.cfm/65002.html
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Re: Identifying a deity

Postby Konchog1 » Mon Jun 23, 2014 6:46 pm

Thank you! So now I'm really confused. Why is he on an image of the Fourth? He doesn't seem to be a deity practiced by Tsongkhapa. Is that true?
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-Paraphrase of Khensur Rinpoche Lobsang Tsephel citing the Guhyasamaja Tantra

"All memories and thoughts are the union of emptiness and knowing, the Mind.
Without attachment, self-liberating, like a snake in a knot.
Through the qualities of meditating in that way,
Mental obscurations are purified and the dharmakaya is attained."

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Re: Identifying a deity

Postby conebeckham » Mon Jun 23, 2014 8:09 pm

Den Zhi Tantra is a primary source for the completion stage practice of Phowa.
It's possible this may be important. It does seem Fourth Dalai Lama was known to be inclined toward tantric practice, and Treasury of Lives even comments on "shamanistic" practices related to his Mongolian heritage. I don't know if that means anything.....

I also note that the Den Zhi is, along with Sang Du, counted in the Karma Kagyu as one of the four special transmissions to Marpa, and these two are claimed to come from Nagarjuna.
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Re: Identifying a deity

Postby Karinos » Mon Jun 23, 2014 11:58 pm

http://himalayancollections.commons.yal ... dalai-lama

here is image of 3rd Dalai Lama thangka where there is Yogambra image as well - there must be relation between Dalai Lama and this particular tantra. Also it says that there is connection to Chakrasavara tantra
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