The Singapore Buddha Sasana Society (Sakya Tenphel Ling)

Introduction to Vajrakilaya

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King of the Kodhrarajas (The Wrathful Ones), appearing in the most beautified form, surrounded by the blazing fire of wisdom destroying defilements on the path.
Paradoxical as it seems for a common tool to possess lofty aspirations one may ask; as for his name Vajra means unyielding,indestructible or hard as a Diamond and sometimes refer to the powerful heavenly indestructible thunderbolt sceptre that the King of Gods, Indrapossesses or adamantine- a mythical jet-black alloy of adamantium.
Kila on the other hand to a stake, peg or nail used as a foundation to build tents or to mark a holy site for the construction of a temple, the cardinal points of a Mandala, and forming a protection circle on an auspicious site.
Another lesser known honorific, Vajrakumara the uncontrived Dharmataand Kumara as youth or free from old age.

There are four methods by which the Buddhas subdue and save sentient beings ie. enticing, capturing, binding and paralyzing. Using Peaceful or Attractive, Fascinating-thus-rendering-powerless (vasikaranam,) and the sternest method – downright Force.
Because Black Salvation incarnated as the Pride of Egoism in its most terrible form, the last two methods had to be employed.
As the bright fierce rays from the multitudes of the Buddhas converge in space Vajrakilaya was brought forth as the last attempt to save sentient beings from the grip of the monstrous Rudra an adh’atma –a soul on a lower, destructive, path with “disintegrating propensities” that Chaos uses for its own ends.
In actual fact, this monster was an incarnation of bodhisattva of the 8th-level known as “Black Salvation” who misinterpreted his teacher’s doctrine and, consciously identifying himself with the world-evil, falls into Hell. Whilst his servant whose name translates as “Transcendent Faith” who understood the Meaning eventually became the Bodhisattva Vajrapani (Tib. Chana Dorje).
As a result of the activity of Vajrakilaya, “Black Salvation” is redeemed through his suffering and becomes the “Dark Defender of the Faith,” later to become the Buddha called “Lord of Ashes” in the world called Immediately Self-produced[or, self-manifesting.]
Vajrakilaya methods are proclaimed as the foremost in the means to overcome Mara and all negativity in this present aeon.  Guru Padmasambhavawas said to have used Vajrakilaya practices in converting all the local spirits, deities, and witches into sworn protectors of the Buddha’s teaching. Dakini Yeshe Tsogyalalso attained the state of Mahamudra through Kilaya practice and could bring the dead to life as well as liberating harmful spirits just by pointing the Kila.
Vajrakilaya confers immense blessings and especially so if the teachings are practised without any break or interruption. In the Sakya order, the propitiation and meditation practices were kept pure without any lapses for many generations even during difficult times ever since Khon Nagendra Raksita (a fully ordained Buddhist monk and great translator), and his younger brother Vajra Ratna (a householder) received the Vajrakilaya empowerments and teachings directly from Guru Padmasambhava who in turn received the teaching from Vajrakilaya in the guise of a nine headed iron scorpion.
In this manner of unbroken lineage, those receiving the
Vajrakilaya teachings of the Sakya is said to be receiving the teachings from none other than the Deity himself.

Vajrakilaya Grand Puja 

Origin and History:
This Puja comes specially from the Lineage of Khon. Then it separated into two kinds of Phurpa, the Sakyapa and the Northern Lineage (Chumo luk)
At the time of Guru Padmasambhava, he had seven novice monks who spread the Dharma inTibet. Among the seven monks, one was from Khon Lineage called Khon Nagita.
Nagita (considered as King of Naga) gave collective Teachings of Vajrakilaya to the Sakyapa. His Teaching was further classified into two aspects
  • the Perfect Vajrakilaya (Yang Dak Phurpa), the spiritual practice, and
  • The Thinley Vajrakilaya (Already blessed by others)
By practicing these two kinds of Vajrakilaya, the Sakayapa had produced well-accomplished masters.
During the time of Khon Khonchog Gyalpo, he witnessed together with his young son, Sachen Kunga Nyingpo at a circus gathering that Vajrakilaya dance was perform in the public. He turned towards his son and said, “In this degeneration age, our secret practice had been use in public places, and won’t be useful anymore. Let’s buried the old tantra and sought the new ones” He had tried to stop practicing Vajrakilaya by burying all the implements, texts and stuffs of the deity. However that night, the personal deity of Khon lineage called on him, and instructed him to continue the practices of the Vajrakilaya. As a result of this, he dug out again what had been buried, and continued the practice. From then onwards the practice of the Vajrakilaya had not been broken till today (right from the five founders of Sakya to the present Sakya Trizin.) All these masters had successfully performed the practices and received blessings from Vajrakilaya.
The Practice
At the time of the Lord of Dharma, Sakya Pandita, three main documents or texts was hand over to Sapan, by one of the manifestation of Padmasambhava or his messenger.
The three documents regarding the practice of Vajrakilaya are
  1. Blessing the obstacles by performing Vajrakilaya Puja –for removal of obstacles,
  2. Fire Puja of Vajrakilaya
  3. Torma Throwing
The Benefit
  1. The main benefit is to spread the Buddha dharma everywhere especially on occasion when no dharma has existed before.
  2. To be freed or eliminated from diseases or illnesses.
  3. To avoid war crises, disasters, floods, draughts and also avoid casualties from food poisoning etc.
All these practices one could see, are performed for the benefit of all sentient beings, and without the development of the great Compassion and Bodhicitta from the Great Masters of the passed, this Puja would not be able to evolve till today in a pure and unbroken lineage.
With these understanding in mind, one should participate in the Puja in a more effective manner.
Points to note on this Puja:
  1. Vajrkilaya must also be projected as the Vajrakilaya Grand Propitiation Puja to avert strong and powerful obstacles that seem to be repeatedly affecting us.
  1. We have all the necessary ritual equipment for this Grand Propitiation Puja, We have maintained one set of Vajrakilaya implements at our Centre.
  2. The carefulness in which the monks will take to draw the mandala with specific rituals at each step of the drawing (its not just a simple drawing using sand).
  3. The invocation of the Vajrkilaya deities alone everyday with much wrathful sounding music played by the monks.
  4. During the pujas, great music especially represented by the Tibetan long horns (Tum Chen) has to be continuously played.
Phurpa also known as Vajrakila representing thumb nail or magical dagger serve to subdue all demonic forces that bent on destroying the Dharma, nailing them to the ground.

Centre’s Main Puja
This Grand Puja of Vajrakilaya had been passed down to the Khon Lineage since the time of Guru Padmasambhava without a break except for a night where the puja’s implements  was buried by Khon Khonchog Gyalpo. However he dug out the Kilaya implement the next day and continued the propitiation to the deity again and is continuously practising by all the khon lineage master till this day without any daily break. Even in the difficult times of the late fifties !nd early sixties where there were unrest and upheaval in Tibet and His Holiness entourage had to travel to India, His Holiness still able to continue the practice without fail in difficult conditions where others had unable to. This is the greatness and purity that the Puja has been maintain throughout the ages by the Sakya Gurus particularly the Khon lineage.
In November 2009 where our Committee and members participated in the grand celebration of His Holiness 50th Enthronement Anniversary in Lumbini during the Monlam Event, the idea of adopting this Vajrakilaya Grand Puja as our Centre Main Puja was advised and after returning this Ritual Event was approved as one of our yearly Main Event.