Understanding the Psychology of the Yamantaka Tantra with Dr. Komito

Mar 27, 2024 | 7 comments

Thangka by Kayla Komito

At the request of Geshe Sherab, from May 31 to June 2 Thubten Norbu Ling will be fortunate to receive Khensur Rinpoche Lobsang Delek who will offer the Yamantaka initiation in our gompa.

What is Yamantaka?

What is an initiation?

Why might someone want to take the initiation and engage in the Yamantaka meditation practice?

To answer these, and other, questions, Dr. David Komito will be offering in-person and Zoom talks at 7 p.m. on April 15, 22, and 29. David has considerable experience with this practice.

Yamantaka Tantra

The Yamantaka tantra is one of the three fundamental meditation practices of the Gelug tradition, which is the lineage of Thubten Norbu Ling. Yamantaka means “slayer of death.” Thus, in one way, the practice with this deity can be understood to be a transformation of the death process through the realization of one’s fundamental nature; the part of oneself that is born over countless lifetimes.

However, “slaying death” has other symbolic meanings. Geshe Tenzin Zopa writes, “The definitive/actual [death] is the self-grasping mind. . . Which ties us to samsara.” Thus, freedom from samsara by slaying this death is one of the many goals of the practice.

‌Yamantaka is a fierce form of the meditation deity Manjushri, which is our innate mind of wisdom. Therefore, liberation is actually obtained through the development of wisdom. Why does Manjushri take a fierce form? This fierceness is an antidote to the deeply rooted, inborn, archaic habit of grasping at selfhood, of placing self above all others.

This wisdom is also an antidote to the negative habit patterns of mind which produce our daily frustrations and sufferings. The daily practice of Yamantaka can transform our minds and personalities, bringing greater peace and satisfaction to our lives.

‌An initiation from a qualified lama, such as Khensur Rinpoche Lobsang Delek, is a rare opportunity to be introduced to this powerful wisdom within the lama and within ourselves and consequently be empowered to cultivate it.

The Journey Within: Understanding the Psychology of the Yamantaka Tantra


  1. Karen Petersen

    He is a fabulous teacher. I’m sure these teachings will be wonderful.

    • Nina Highfill

      I could not agree more.

  2. Brett

    I wonder if the zooms will be recorded for future viewing?

  3. Hemant Pandya

    Tashi Delek, if you would please. send a zoom link.

  4. Susan Fujimoto

    Dear TNL: Is it ok to attend just two of the classes, on May 22 and 29?
    Thank you, Susan


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