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The Dark Red Amulet: Oral Instructions on the Practice of Vajrakilaya

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The wrathful deity Vajrakilaya embodies the enlightened activity of all the buddhas in order to subjugate delusion and negativity that can arise as obstacles to spiritual practice. The Vajrakilaya system of meditation is practiced widely in Tibet as well as in Western Buddhist centers. Written by the renowned scholars Ven. Khenchen Palden Sherab Rinpoche and Ven. Khenpo Ts ...more
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Published January 16th 2009 by Snow Lion Publications
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It’s been a while since I read a book that came with a warning label: "As with all Vajrayana practices, Vajrakilaya should not be practiced without receiving an empowerment or reading transmission directly from a qualified lineage master. Please do not attempt to practice these Vajrakilaya instructions without proper authorization and lineage blessings."

Like many texts on meditation that have gone through several rounds of translation, this book was initially difficult to get through but became
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Recommends it for: Buddhists who have a teacher
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It’s been a while since I read a book that came with a warning label: "As with all Vajrayana practices, Vajrakilaya should not be practiced without receiving an empowerment or reading transmission directly from a qualified lineage master. Please do not attempt to practice these Vajrakilaya instructions without proper authorization and lineage blessings."

Like many texts on meditation that have gone through several rounds of translation, this
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Eric
Seems that everything the Khenpo brothers write on Buddhism just oozes magic and inspiration. I find this book so illuminating that I usually only last half a page before I have to put it down and have an experience.

It is also very well written and clear, a good reference for people who are or will soon do the practices of the deity described. One of my favorite Vajrayana books.
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Venerable Khenchen Palden Sherab Rinpoche (དཔལ་ལྡན་ཤེས་རབ dpal ldan shes rab) was a scholar and lama in the Nyingma school of Tibetan Buddhism particularly well known for his texts and teachings on Dzogchen. He was a close student of Dudjom Rinpoche and a frequent collaborator with his brother Khenpo Tsewang Dongyal, with whom he taught regularly in upstate New York.
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