The Extremely Secret Dakini of Naropa

The Extremely Secret Dakini of Naropa

Vajrayogini Practice and Commentary

Dechen Nyingpo Pabongkha


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A thorough and sparkling translation of an essential commentary on one of the most profound practices of Tibetan Buddhism.

The Extremely Secret Dakini of Naropa has become the basis for almost every subsequent Vajrayogini commentary in the Gelug tradition. Kyabje Pabongkha’s commentary is both very thorough in its presentation and deeply inspiring, providing rich detail on essential elements of Vajrayogini practice:

- all eleven yogas of the generation stage
- the transference of consciousness
- tsok offering
- left-sided conduct
- and many other auxiliary practices

There is also a stunning explanation of the completion stage that provides many extraordinarily profound methods unique to the practice of Vajrayogini. The second half of the book contains several sadhanas for the practice of Vajrayogini, including six-session guru yoga as well as two sadhanas on the transference of consciousness.

"This is a teaching that practitioners can use to transform themselves into a buddha, like the artists who shape beautiful images out of raw materials."
—Gelek Rimpoche


Dechen Nyingpo Pabongkha:
Pabongkha Rinpoche (1878–1941) received his geshe degree at Sera Monastic University. He was the root lama of both tutors of the present Dalai Lama and profoundly influenced many of the Gelug lamas who have been instrumental in bringing Dharma to the West.

David Gonsalez was the translator of numerous sadhanas and texts and served for many years as the personal translator and attendant for Gen Lobsang Chophel. He was the president of Dechen Ling, a nonprofit organization that works with the Tibetan community in exile to establish their monasteries and traditions.