Introducing Dudjom Rinpoche's Meteoric Iron Razor Vajrakīlaya (phur bu gnam lcags spu gri), and its Ritual Manual
Dudjom Rinpoche's Vajrakīlaya Works - A Study in Authoring, Compiling, and Editing Texts in the Tibetan Revelatory Tradition - Cathy Cantwell
Cathy Cantwell [+]
University of Oxford
Cathy received Buddhist teachings from Kyabje Dudjom Rinpoche during his visit to London in 1979, having earlier had her first introduction to the tantric deity, Vajrakīlaya, from the Sakya Gongma Ngawang Kunga, in London 1978. Beginning academic Tibetan Studies in 1979, she did her Ph.D fieldwork at a Dudjom tradition monastery in Himachal Pradesh, India, 1981-83, and has maintained a life-long interest in this religious tradition.
Discussion of Dudjom Rinpoche's magnum opus on Vajrakīlaya, his two and a half volume Meteoric Iron Razor, begins with analysis of the long Ritual Manual, identifying which portions constitute text from Dudjom Lingpa's cycle, and which are based on other materials. Greater consistency is seen than in Dudjom Lingpa's original, and there is also integration of components from transmitted (bka' ma) sources and from other revelatory cycles, especially Dudul Dorje's. These result in some modifications of Dudjom Lingpa's visualisations.