Protector practices are not really a pick and choose situation. If you find a sadhana, you still need the oral transmission (lung) of the sadhana and it's associated mantra.Kaung wrote:I think protector practice is important to vajrayana practice But the problem is how do I pick one out from the big array Palden Lhamo has matched my needs but I think I should get some advice from you before I make a decision I've researched her sadhanas and found two reliable ones but both of them call for "generating as Yamantaka "
JKhedrup wrote:Since this is the Gelug forum it is worth mentioning that Lama Tzongkhapa exhorted his followers to practice three protectors that he connected with the three scopes of Lam Rim.
Kalarupa, Vaishravana and Six Armed Mahakala. It is also worth noting that Achi Chokyi Drolma is propitiated at Sera Mey as well.
In order to be qualified for self generation as Yamantaka, an Anuttarayoga deity, you definitely need to receive the empowerment.
ngodrup wrote:For me, it seems I fall into the view of
"it possible" but not necessarily desirable.
For beginners, teachings, transmissions and empowerments
are best received in person. *If* a qualified student has faith,
trust and mental flexibility, and a qualified Master has the
intention, then based in Mind being unlimited, transmission
can occur. Time brings another factor into the equation.
Whereas time is a concept, it doesn't limit the Wisdom Mind
which both gives and receives the empowerment. But does
a beginner have capacity?
I asked H. H. Penor Rinpoche this and other questions in person,
face to face. He invited people to give him a photo for inclusion
in the mandala when he was giving certain empowerments. We
also asked him if a dharma friend or vajra-sibling can visualize
the friend who is unable to be present-- can that person then receive
the empowerment? He said it was "possible." Same for internet or
other kind of broadcast-- possible. He thought certain other criteria
might need to be present.
The picture method looks to me something like Naydren for the deceased.
Give empowerment to the photo-- the person represented doesn't especially
know when. But maybe they do. Hard to say.
What are the general praises? Do they exist in english?JKhedrup wrote:In general in a group setting the general praises to Kalarupa can be recited by everyone.
To do this as a personal practice requires empowerment. Generally those with Yamantaka empowerment can engage in the torma offering and praise contained within the Long Yamantaka sadhana.
More elaborate practices require initiation into Kalarupa. However there are some lamas who are more flexible about this. Lama Zopa Rinpoche says for the 64 Offerings to Kalarupa practice a Yamantaka empowerment is sufficient.
It is also worth noting that Kalarupa has different manifestations: outer and inner for example
The inner forms tend to be kept more hidden, though Tsongkhapa's praise to inner Kalarupa is quite commonly recited.