The Guru is the essential commitment-- Vajraghantapāda
of the whole assembly of ḍākinīs.
On May 27th and 28th, His Holiness Sakya Trizin, the throne holder of Sakya and one of the greatest tantric masters alive today, turned the wheel of the profound Dharma of the Ghantapada tradition of Cakrasamvara. This empowerment was requested by Lama Migmar of the Sakya Center in Cambridge, Ma., and was well attended by three hundred disciples of all four schools of located in the New England region.
The Ghantapada Cakrasamvara Five Deity Mandala tradition, among the three main Cakrasamvara traditions promulgated in Sakya, is the considered the most profound of the three. On this occasion, His Holiness bestowed the outer "cause" empowerment of the Cakrasamvara Empowerment.
In terms of the significance of this empowerment, His Holiness recalled for us that one of the profound aspects of the Cakrasamvara tradition in general is that unlike other mandalas such as Hevajra or Kalacakra, the Cakrasamvara mandala is still fully manifested and active in the twenty-four sacred places and so on in India. Thus, Cakrasamvara, and his consort, Vajrayogini, is one of the most effective deities for our time.
One of the special features of this tradition is so called "Five Stages of Cakrasamvara", Ghantapada's completion stage text connected with this tradition. This completion stage text has a commentary by Ghantapāda as well as several commentaries by the five Sakya Founding Masters.
The empowerment began on the evening of the 27th with the usual preliminary empowerments of a two-day great abhisheka which lasted approximately three hours. His Holiness conducted the proceedings with his usual grace and good humor, radiating an iar of complete relaxation in the midst of the all the standard business which is par for the course in an empowerment of this complexity.
On the main day of the empowerment, there was a huge thunder storm and intense downpour, bringing to mind the verse of empowerment:
Just as soon as he was born,
the gods gave him a cleansing bath
with the pure water of the gods;
likewise, we shall wash you.
The empowerment lasted approximately five hours and at the end, 300 or persons emerged having been introduced to one of the most profound practices in Tibetan Buddhism.
In addition to the Cakrasamvara empowerment, His Holiness bestowed The Profound Practice of The Seven Vajra Lines, a treasure teaching of his previous incarnation, Apam Terton on evening of May 26th, as well as a long life blessing from Thanthog Gyalpo and purification rite based on the deity Sarvavid on May 25th.