Vajrayogini is a highest yoga tantra deity practice of Vajrayana or Tibetan Buddhism. She is a female Buddha who is the essence of all the Buddhas. In these practices, we visualize or imagine ourselves as the deity as a means of training our mind to become a fully realized Buddha. Such a practice is said to be faster than other forms of meditative practices. And, according to scholar Miranda Shaw, Vajrayogini is "inarguably the supreme deity of the Tantric pantheon. No male Buddha…approaches her in metaphysical or practical import." Vajrayogini is also a significant figure in some of the completion-stage practices of Vajrayana, such as the Six Yogas (or Dharmas) of Naropa.
Participants should either have received a Vajrayogini empowerment (in one of her variety of forms), or at least some other form of highest yoga empowerment. We will be using the book Vajrayogini: Her Visualizations, Rituals, and Forms by Elizabeth English as the main text for this course (8 weeks). The fee is $80. We recommend that you register online in our eCollege in order to access handouts or watch the videos if you miss a class or would like further review of the course content.