"This comprehensive work offers a complete overview of the foundational view, practices, and liturgies associated with the Buddhist deity Vajrakīlaya. Kyabje Garchen Rinpoche, a highly accomplished Dharma teacher and mentor to countless disciples worldwide, has provided an invaluable resource for guiding beings towards enlightenment. I rejoice in this significant contribution to the global propagation of Buddhadharma, which will bring benefit to many beings." -- --His Holiness the Drikung Kyabgon Chetsang Rinpoche
About the Author:
Kyabje Garchen Rinpoche is a Buddhist teacher from the Drigung Kagyu lineage who came of age during the final years of Tibetan sovereignty. When his three-year retreat was nearing completion, the eminent invasion by the Communist Chinese disrupted his training. He briefly transitioned from solitary retreat to a life as a guerrilla fighter defending his people. Eventually, he was captured and sent to a labor camp, where he was imprisoned for twenty years. During that time, he became a disciple of Kathok Khenpo Münsel Rinpoche and studied with other Vajrayāna masters who were also imprisoned there.
In 1980, Rinpoche was finally freed and able to return to the Nangchen area, where he rebuilt his monastery, offering vows at a time when many were afraid to spread Dharma teachings publicly. In 1993, he visited Nepal and India, which eventually led him to the United States, where he settled in 1999. Thereafter, he toured extensively, establishing Dharma centers worldwide, while also building temples, housing for monks and nuns, schools, and medical facilities in Eastern Tibet. Rinpoche retired from touring in 2019 and currently resides in Chino Valley, Arizona.