Three Vajras

14. Mahapadana Sutta

The Buddhas of the Past The disciples of the Buddha are talking about past lives. Hearing about their conversation, Buddha narrates about the Buddhas of the past. Buddha lists the six Buddhas who were born before him. The first of these Buddhas, Vipassi (“attentive”) lived in an age when a lifespan reached 80,000 years, the next Buddha – in an era with a lifetime of 70,000, then – 60,000, 40,000, 30,000, 20,000, until in the Shakyamuni era, life became brief, rarely reaching 100 years. With all the Buddhas described by…read more


Lesson 12 – The stomach

The stomach in our body occupies a central position and is not accidental, because a nutritious essence is formed in it.  He takes food, splits it with juices of the pancreas and, further, in the duodenum, with the help of bile.  (Therefore, in the broad sense, the duodenum is called the lower stomach). The stomach is the brain of our torso, giving commands to all other organs for the timely supply of a substance. So  many different foods gets to the stomach & each must exactly pick the right substance…read more

Lesson 11 – The thin intestines and irregular yantra (An Irregular yantra is yantra too)

The thin intestines is located around the navel in the abdomen.   Absorption to the blood the nutrients from gastric digestion occurs in the thin intestines. This is the longest organ of all existing (6-7 m.). There is no exact location in the cavity of the abdomen for its parts, and for each creature it fits in its own way like a coiled serpent.  The walls of the intestinal hose are covered with a multitude of tube-sticks, through which the absorption of nutrients takes place. Therefore, its cross sectionis the main form of the intestine, which has the structure of the blobs. …read more

Lesson 10 – The Gallbladder

From the previous lessons, we have acquired that figures in yantras are not formed incidentally.  The circle characterizes mobility, the square characterizes fixidity and stability, and the triangle characterizes the process ofdirection. But, sometimes, the structure of the object of concentration does not fit into the right figures with a single center of symmetry in all directions, and then modifications appear.  In this lesson we consider the gallbladder in  yantra* language, as an example of changing the proper forms. The gallbladder is a follicle in which bile is temporarily stored….read more

Lesson 9 – Kidneys – keepers of vitality

What are the kidneys? Let’s take advantage of verbal association.  Where else do we meet the word «kidney»?  Oh, these are the very buds that are born on the branches of trees and something germinates from them in spring or at another favorable time. Something  germinates, blossoms,develops. The structure of the kidney is similar to a seed, which contains the entire future arsenal of viability of escape.  Thus  we also consider human kidneys, which first begin the progress in a human germ. All begins with one kidney, which is rooted in a…read more

Lesson 8 – The Spleen in yantrа

In  figurative concept, the spleen is a millstone  grinding the mind’s structures into a flour fora physical embodiment.  On the one hand, it is a process of destruction, similar to the grinding of wheat grains ripened on the ear. It destroys the possibility of an infinite repetition of the sense of «me», transforming it into a plastic clay of mindfulness, suitable for creativity.  This creative work of the spleen builds palaces of existence or vessels for the embodiment. The square of a spleen is majestic like the royal palace strengthened…read more

Lesson 7 – Square and divine palace

The square and rectangles are stable, counterbalancing and accumulating figures of yantra.  These qualities  give the square such a wide range of applications in our daily life.  The majority of designs are based on the geometry of  a square: houses, land breakdown, storage boxes, furniture … These  are elements of our outer mandala, which are the material embodiment of the inclinations of our mind.  What is  in our corporeal world shows memory structure for healthy existence  and mental forces? Among the internal organs of the human body, it is, first…read more

Lesson 6 – Lotus and star in yantra

Lotus is a cordial figure, though and not always reflect the heart in yantra.  However heart supports work of its all parts and bodies in our body. The blood system is inseparable from heart and bears in itself all cordial potential. That heart could perform such complex work, namely support blood circulation in all things an organism, it should possess qualities of unusual softness, endurance and force. Why do we symbolize the cardiovascular system as a lotus? The analogy of symbolism both is simple, and deeper at the same time….read more

Lesson 5 – The art of concentration

In the previous lessons, we considered bases of true understanding of the goal in the contemplation of yantra.  The next lesson contains the beginnings of the art of concentration.  The first principle of concentration is that all geometric forms of yantra (simple or complex) must be based on images that have their source of the form of the gross and vaporous bodies of man. The useless path works with the yantra, we try to use only the beauty and persuasiveness of the geometric form itself: a circle, a triangle, a square, etc….read more

Lesson 4 – Drops that break through the stone

A drop of rain falling on the surface of the pond is the main image of this lesson on the yantra.  The way the drop falls on the surface of the reservoir illustrates the birth of yantra.  Let‘s see how this happens. The drop got a spill on the calm surface of the water and created waves in the form of divergent circles.  These circles, depending on the structure of the banks or obstacles in the form of stones and floating objects, change their form.  The  yantra has been emerged. The attention comes into contact with the phenomena…read more

Lesson 3 – Yantra – Chariot of The Mind

Let’s talk about the Yantra as a chariot of the mind, moving mentally to the battlefield of Kurukshetra, where archer Arjuna appears with the charioteer Krishna. Krishna is a paragon of the ideal Teacher and a close relative the both warring parties, gathered to fight each other for destruction.  On the one hand – the Pandavas, on the other hand – the Kauravas. The Kauravas who are under the leadership of  Duryodhana – materialists , and they  try to increase their prosperity  by any means and embody the tendency of destruction…read more

Lesson 2 – Overcoming dazzle with one’s own light

In the first lesson about the Yantra we have considered how to calm your mind reacting to external pathogens. The latter was presented as the roar and dust of passing the king’s chariots in the story about the contemplative calm. The second lesson – Overcoming dazzle with one’s own light is a practice that develops inner Sabbath. A calm, uninvolved reaction to external stimuli allows the yogi to retain the vitality that is usually wasted to the involvement. However, in process of “releasing” external irritants, the internal “rattling chariot” of…read more

Lesson 1 – Yantra and Samadhi

Once, one of the disciples of the Buddha was sitting and meditating near the road.  A lot of royal chariots raced past him, which raised dust and making an incredible noise, but the yogi continued to remain in an unruffled concentration.  The king was very surprised seeing such a reaction.  He ordered to stop his chariot, descended from it and, going up to the yogi, bowed and asked: “How did it happen that we, driving through, made so much noise, and you remained sitting motionless, as if nothing had happened?”…read more

13. Tevijja Sutta – The Three Knowledges

Introduction At a time when the Buddha was in the village Manasakata, He stopped in a mango grove by the river Acharavati. At that time, many noble and wealthy Brahmins lived in Manasakata. They, each in their own way, preached the teachings of the Three Vedas. (The Vedas are ancient scriptures, consisting mainly of hymns accompanying ritual actions. The study and singing of the Vedic texts was practiced in among Brahmans). The two young Brahmans Vasettha and Bharadwaja had a dispute about which one of the known Brahmans’ paths leads…read more


Nagarjuna and the Prajnaparamita Teaching

Nagarjuna was presumably born between 150-250 AD in the south of India. There are several versions of his birth and early years. According to one of them Nagarjuna was a sick child, so he was sent to a mountain monastery in order to improve his health. There, near a mountain lake, he experienced a vision of the Nagas’ king and his underwater palace. He had a vision of a Stupa, surrounded by Buddhas and Bodhisattvas. Nagarjuna opened this stupa and saw inside it another one, which was just identical to…read more


12. Lohicca Sutta

Lohicca and his doubt Brahman Lohicca is in doubt that a person who has attained liberation from suffering can help another being. After all, he cannot convey to someone else the good qualities of his mind. And if it is so, when someone claims to be able to help another, is not this statement caused by greed (the desire to get this or that kind of personal gain)? Experiencing this doubt, the Brahmana decides to see the Buddha. Lohicca sends the barber Bhesika to consult about the state of Buddha’s…read more


11. Kevaddha Sutta (Kevatta Sutta)

Kevaddha’s Request Once, when the Blessed one was in the village of Nalanda, he was approached by a layman Kevaddha. Kevaddha asked the Buddha if He himself or one of His disciples could reveal some miracle to Nalanda’s laymen. Kevaddha says that in Nalanda – a large village abundant with forest, water, cattle and grain – there are many followers of the Buddha. If the Buddha or one of His disciples could reveal a miracle, then the people of Nalanda would believe even more in the Teachings of the Blessed….read more


Machig Labdron

Machig Labdron lived in Tibet in the 11th century. Legend says that Padmasambhava predicted that she would be born as a reincarnation of Yeshe Tsogyal. When she was a child she used to read the Prajnaparamita sutra for wealthy patrons. It was thought that repetitively reading the sutra brought merit, and as she was able to read very fast, her services were highly valued (merits’ size was determined by the number of readings). Machig used to walk from house to house until she met the teacher named Lama Sonam Drapa…read more


10. Subha Sutta

Introduction Soon after the Buddha left the body, His closest disciple, Ananda, was asked about the orderly presentation of the Teaching. The request comes from the young layman Subha. Ananda meets with Subha and tells him about the three sets of instructions that the Buddha taught his followers. In the same form, these three sets are repeated in an overwhelming number of the Digha Nikaya suttas, but it is in this text that the detailed exposition of the three sets of instructions seems most natural. Set of moral precepts Ananda’s…read more



Niguma, a yogini, bodhisattva, and dakini, lived presumably in the eleventh century. There is not much information about Niguma’s life nor about her birth. Information about her is rather controversial and is wrapped in mystery. According to one legend Niguma was born in Kashmir, in a region called the Country of the Great Magic. During the lifetime of the previous Buddha this land was cowered with water and belonged to the King of Nagas. More recently, this region has become the birthplace of many mahasiddhas, among whom was also Naropa….read more