The Extremely Secret Dakini of Naropa is the commentary to the practice of Vajrayogini in the Naro Kacho lineage composed by Kyabje Pabongkha as revealed to him directly by Vajrayogini herself. This text has become the basis for almost every subsequent Vajrayogini commentary in the Gelug tradition. Kyabje Pabongkha’s commentary is both very thorough in its presentation and deeply inspiring. It provides rich detail about all eleven yogas of the generation stage, the transference of consciousness, tsok offering, left-sided conduct, and many other auxiliary practices, making it essential for practitioners of Vajrayogini. There is also a stunning explanation of the completion stage providing many extraordinarily profound methods unique to the practice of Vajrayogini because of its relationship to the Six Yogas of Naropa. The second half of the book contains several sadhanas for the practice of Vajrayogini including six-session guru yoga as well as two sadhanas on the transference of consciousness.
The material in this book is restricted. This book may be read only by those who have received a Highest Yoga Tantra empowerment. In order to practice this material, the best situation would be that one has received the empowerment of Vajrayogini in the Naro Kacho tradition together with the commentary and oral transmission. At the very least, one must have received the empowerment of Vajrayogini in the Naro Kacho tradition.
Translated by David Gonsalez
“Pabongka Dechen Nyingpo was THE outstanding master of Tibetan Buddhism in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. His works and teachings on Vajrayogini are based on his reception of the rare, restricted, golden lineage coming through the Sakya tradition. He also added up the exceptional qualities of Ganden Nyangyü’s extraordinary methods of Jamgon Lama Tsongkhapa. As Pabongkha himself says, this Vajrayogini commentary is the fabric woven out of the cloth of Sakya and Gelugpa lamas together. This is one of teachings that practitioners can use to transform themselves into a Buddha, like the artists who shape beautiful images out of raw materials.”
“The translation of this was done by David Gonsalez under the instruction of Gen Lobsang Chophel, who happened to be one of the secretaries to the late H. H. Kyabje Trijang Dorjechang. It has to be perfect. Thank you for the publication of this wonderful translation and I strongly recommend authorized practitioners to study this.”
~ Gelek Rimpoche
“In translating this classic Tibetan guide on the meditative practice of Vajrayogini, as well as the sadhanas, into English, David Gonzalez has made important resources available to serious Vajrayana practitioners that would enrich their deep engagement with the Dharma. In this volume, the translator succeeds most admirably in capturing both the profundity and the liveliness of spirit that characterize the original Tibetan text of the famed Tibetan master Kyabje Phabongkha Rinpoche.”
~ Thupten Jinpa, Principal translator to H.H. the Dalai Lama, whose translations include Mind Training: The Great Collection.