Sadhana of the Lion-Headed Dakini
Sadhana of the Blue Lion-headed Dakini
Refuge and Bodhichitta
I go for refuge until I am enlightened
To the Buddha, the Dharma, and the Supreme Assembly.
By this practice of giving and other perfections,
May I become a buddha in order to benefit all sentient beings. (3x)
Instantly I arise as the dakini Simhamukha. At my heart, on a lotus and sun-mandala is a dark-blue HUM. From it rays of light shine forth invoking the Guru and the dakini Simhamukha who is summoned by the Buddhas and Bodhisattvas.
Make offerings with:
With my body, speech and mind, humbly I prostrate,
And make offerings both set out and imagined.
I declare my wrong deeds from all time,
And rejoice in the virtues of all.
Please stay until samsara ceases,
And turn the wheel of Dharma for us.
I dedicate all virtues to great enlightenment.
May all sentient beings have happiness and its cause. May all sentient beings be free of suffering and its cause. May all sentient beings be inseparable from sorrowless bliss. May all sentient beings abide in equanimity, free of bias, both greed and hatred.
Everything becomes void.
From the state of emptiness appears a syllable PAM which becomes a lotus, and a syllable RAM which becomes a sun, on top of which appears a HUM. From the HUM rays of light shine forth establishing the vajra-ground. Around it is a vajra-fence, and above it a vajra-tent, all surrounded by the blazing fire of wisdom. In the center of the vajra-tent is the syllable EH which transforms into a dark-blue dharmakara (chö chung).
In the center of the dharmakara is a lotus and a sun mandala. On top of the corpses of the Maras stands my mind in the form of a dark-blue HUM from which light rays emanate destroying all demons and gathering all the powers and accomplishments of the dakas and dakinis to be absorbed into the HUM. Due to that I myself arise out of the HUM as the wisdom dakini Simhamukha.
My body is dark-blue in color with one face, two arms and three red rounded eyes. My mouth shows the bared fangs with the tongue curled upwards, looking extremely ferocious. In my right hand I am holding a vajra-handled curved knife (drigug) up in the air; in my left hand, at the heart level, I am holding a skullcup filled with blood. On my left shoulder leans a khatvanga with three points at its top. My hair, mustache and brows are yellow-red, streaming upwards. A crown of five skulls adorns my head; a necklace made of fifty freshly cut human heads, still dripping with blood, hangs around my neck. Wearing tiger-skin skirt I am ornated with the five bone ornaments.
At my forehead is white OM, at my throat red AH, at my heart dark-blue HUM from which light rays spread forth summoning from Khechara, the place of heavenly enjoyment, the wisdom-being surrounded by all the Buddhas and Bodhisattvas.
Then, the initiation is requested from them saying:
- Please bestow the empowerment on me.
Then the tathagathas say:
My whole body is filled with initiation water from the vase and is purified of all its defilements. The water overflowing the crown of my head is the totality of becoming, out of which appears a blue five-pointed vajra to adorn the head.
In the center of my heart, residing on a sun-mandala, stands a dark-blue HUM, surrounded by the mantra syllables arranged counter-clockwise. The flames coming from the mantra garland incinerate all maras.
Recite as much as you can.
Requesting Prayer & Dissolution
Short Torma Offering
Bless the inner offering with
From the state of voidness, from AH comes a vast and expansive skullcup within which from the letters OM AH HUM arises the torma, a great ocean of nectar marked by the three letters OM AH HUM. Light radiates from the syllables and hooks the exalted wisdom nectars, which absorb into the three syllables. They melt into a great inexhaustible ocean of nectar.
To the retinue:
- OM AH KARO MU KHAM SARVA DHARMA NAM ADYANUTPAN NA TVATA NAMA SARVA TATHAGATA AVALOKITE OM SAMBHARA SAMBHARA HUM( 3 - 7x)
PALDEN DORJE KHANDROMA
KHANDRO MAYE KORLO GYUR
YESHE NGATHANG KHUSUM NYE
DROWA KYOB LA SHAG TSEL LO
Glorious vajra dakini,
Ruler of the dakinis,
Who found the five wisdoms and the three kayas:
Homage to the refuge of migrators!
Recite the mantra as much as you can:
True words of the venerable Gurus!
True words of the Buddhas!
True words of the Dharma!
True words of the Sangha!
True words of the deities of the yidam’s mandala!
True words of the ones with the wisdom eye!
True words of the dharmapalas,
True words of the Wisdom dakini Senghe Dongma,
And all the innumerable dakinis!
With the blessings of all the great truths
We, the yogis, address all the hindering spirits
and all disturbances to send them back:
Return to your places! (clap with your hands)
Become void! (clap)
as in main sadhana.