March 10, 2011

Guru Rinpoche's Meditation Cave Yangleshö

Stone Lion with pink offering powder, above Padmasambhava's Cave

Padmasambhava's pool at Lower Pharping, at meditation cave


Shrine below the Naga heads next to Padmasambhava's Yangleshö meditation cave

Yangleshö cave -
a sacred cave of Guru Rinpoche in Pharping, near Kathmandu, Nepal.
In A Great Treasure of Blessings it says

"Then at Yangleshö, present day Pharping in Nepal, he practised the sadhana of Yangdak Heruka with the consort Shakyadevi, daughter of a king of Nepal. Powerful spirits caused a three year drought, with famine and disease, and Padmasambhava asked his teachers in India for a teaching to counter them. Two men returned, laden with the tantras and commentaries of Vajrakilaya, and the moment they arrived, the obstacles were pacified. Guru Rinpoche and Shakyadevi both attained the third vidyadhara level, ‘vidyadhara of the great seal, or mahamudra’. Guru Rinpoche recognized that Yangdak is like a merchant engaging in trade—the achievement can be great, but so can the obstacles, whereas Vajrakilaya is like an armed escort; he is needed to guard against obstacles and overcome them. He then composed sadhanas of Yangdak and Vajrakilaya combined, and bound the guardians of Vajrakilaya to protect the teachings."

The stone Nagas heads at Yangleshö cave, above the Shrine at Lower Pharping
what is left of the Nagas - it is said that these Nagas wouldn't stop bugging Guru RInpoche - but he left a pool. Nagas? Well of course nagas love pools.

In Le'u Dünma, in the Prayer Requested by Nanam Dorje Dudjom, it says:
“In the rock cave of Yangleshö in Nepal,
You accomplished the practice of Yangdak, Essence of Great Bliss,
Liberating all obstacles and obstructors through Vajrakilaya:
And, in this sacred place, you attained the siddhi of mahamudra:
To Dorje Tötreng Tsal, we pray!
To the Lotus-born guru of Orgyen, we pray!”

Stone statue of Vajra Guruda in prayer mudra, Yangleshö cave

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