Dudjom Rinpoche's Work on Zilnon Namkhai Dorje's (zil gnon nam mkha'i rdo rje) Ultra Secret Quintessence Action (yang gsang phrin las bcud dril) Vajrakīlaya
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.
As a young man, Dudjom Rinpoche received transmission from the famous revealer Zilnon Namkhai Dorje himself, and this included his revelatory cycles, as well as the direct introduction to the nature of mind, to which Dudjom Rinpoche attributed his ease in attaining spiritual accomplishment. The revealer had asked him to make a compilation of his Vajrakīlaya revelatory practice. It was only many years later, in the 1970s in Kalimpong, that the opportunity arose for this. This later work forms the subject matter of this chapter.