His Holiness Drikung Kyabgön Chetsang Rinpoché will be giving the Great Empowerment of Vajra Nairatmya
and teachings from 14-21 August. This is sponsored through the Tibetan Meditation Center
. The venue for the empowerment (and maybe the teachings) will be the Claggett Center
in Buckeystown, Maryland.
His Holiness says that the revitalization of this tradition in the Drigung Kagyü is one of his main priorities in this lifetime. Thus, over the last few decades, despite the enormity of the task of re-establishing the lineage in exile, His Holiness has dedicated his own personal practice to Hevajra-Nairātmyā. Although these days Cakrasamvara is more commonly practiced as the main yidam by most Kagyü followers, Hevajra was in fact the main yidamof Marpa (mar pa chos kyi blo gros, 1012-1097) and his wife Dakmema; both in fact considered to be Hevajra and Nairātmyā in person.
The Vajra Nairātmyā Great Empowerment that His Holiness will confer is part of the famous Seven Maṇḍalas of Ngok. The Drigung Kagyü was once the chief holder of this important collection of highest yoga tantras that Marpa transmitted to his disciple Ngok Chöku Dorjé (rngog chos sku rdo rje, 1036-1102), Marpa's disciple most learned in the tantric system. [An equally important transmission of the Hevajra system is maintained in the Sakya lineage, a system that came through Drokmi Lotsawa (993–1050).] At the Germany transmission, His Holiness explained that he is re-establishing this tradition of practicing the Hevajra system in all Drikung Kagyü monasteries and centers. Since the practice of the Hevajra deity itself is elaborate and time consuming, he decided to bestow to disciples in the Western world the empowerment and transmission of the maṇḍala of Vajra Nairātmyā, the consort of Hevajra. Furthermore, in The Life-tree of the Vajrapañjara (gur gyi sog shing) - Marpa's commentary on the Vajrapañjara Tantra (an exclusive explanatory-tantra of the Hevajra Tantra), it is stated that the sadhana of Nairātmyā is an exceptionally swift method for attaining the siddhis. Hence His Holiness compiled the generation-stage Nairātmyā sadhana based on the fourth chapter of the Vajrapañjara Tantra and also drew on the Ngok tradition and supplemental parts from the Kagyü Ngak Dzö (bka' brgyud sngags mdzod), The Kagyü Treasury of Tantric Instructions compiled by Jamgön Kongtrul Lodrö Thayé (1813-1899). His Holiness will bestow the 15-deities Vajra Nairātmyā Great Empowerment.