Books on Yamantaka Practice

Ocean of Indivisible Method and Wisdom
Yam Single Frontby Geshe Acharya Thubten Loden
Probably one of the best readily available introductions into the actual practice. Available only to initiates.

A Chat About Yamantaka
by Lama Zopa Rinpoche
Introductory words by a highly respected teacher.
Avaialable from this site as icon digital download (482.38 kB) for registered members.

Yamantaka Retreat Commentary
by Lama Zopa Rinpoche
Extensive retreat commentary and retreat instructions by a great teacher.

Solitary Yamantaka Teachings on the Generation Stage
by Gehlek Rinpoche
A comprehensive practice commentary based on the long sadhana. Exhaustive, thorough and easy to understand. Highly recommended. Available only to initiates.

Meditation on Vajrabhairava
by Kyabje Phabongkha, trans. by Sharpa Tulku with Richard Guard
The long sadhana including all side practices in one handy volume. Essential for the serious practitioner. Easily obtainable from Snow Lion Publication.

Self-Initiation of Vajrabhairava
trans. by Sharpa Tulku with Richard Guard
The medium-length sadhana with the self-initiation practice. Essential for retreat practice. Easily obtainable from Snow Lion Publications.

Manual of Ritual Fire Offerings
by Sharpa Tulku & Michael Perrott
Contains the Yamntaka Fire Puja (and fire pujas for other Anuttara practices). Essential for retreat practice. Easily obtainable from Snow Lion Publications.

The Profound Path of the Great Secret / Cloud of Offerings to Please Manjusri
Yamantaka Cycle Texts, vol. I, Part 1 & 2, by Tri Gyaltsen Senge
The standard commentary for the Solitary Hero Practice. Basis for all the books above. Hard to obtain from the Tibet House in New Delhi (1 Institutional Area, Lodi Road, New Delhi, 110003 India). No online ordering!

Jewel Treasure House of the Three Bodies / Staircase That Leads to the Three Bodies
Yamantaka Cycle Texts, vol. II, Part 1 & 2, by Lhundup Pandita
The standard commentary for the 13-Deity Yamantaka practice. Very useful for Single Hero practice. The most extensive commentary on the Yamantaka practice; the Yamantaka practice handbook. Hard to obtain from the Tibet House in New Delhi (1 Institutional Area, Lodi Road, New Delhi, 110003 India). No online ordering!

The Vajrabhairava Tantras
Tibetan and Mongolian Versions, English Translation and Annotations.
by Bulcru Siklos.
A very interesting work on the Vajrabhairava Tantras w/ the original texts translated from the Tibetan and Mongolian. Besides the text and an excellent introduction it contains also the Musk Shrew Rites text in translation. Available through second-hand stores.

Chanting the Names of Manjusri
The Manjusri-Nama-Samgiti Sanskrit and Tibetan Texts [w/ English translation], by Alex Wayman
160 stanzas, beautifully translated, annotated, commented and introduced by the translator; with Naropa's commentary. A must for every Yamantaka practitioner. Available through second-hand books stores. The same text in a different translation as well as a commentary are available at kalachakranet.org.
A newer, more accurate translation was recently done by Dr. Alexander Berzin. You find it on his website www.berzinarchives.com. A formatted version of Dr. Berzin's translation will be available on this site soon.

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