H.H. the Dalai Lama with administrator Wolfgang Saumweber
Vajrabhairava.com started in 1998 as a support and collaboration site for our Anuttara Yoga Tantra practice group in the San Francisco Bay area. A group of dedicated practitioners got together to translate, create and produce usable Yamantaka sadhanas, commentaries and other practice materials. We were soon joined and greatly helped by renowned scholar and translator Dr. Alexander Berzin who ever since has guided us patiently through subtleties of the Dharma. Sharpa Tulku Rinpoche has contributed a great deal of wonderful Yamantaka materials. In the past few years more translators have helped us out, like the formidable Hermes Brandt, or our generous friend Lama Kunga Thartse Rinpoche who never gets tired to answer the many questions we have. We are also greatly indebted to our friend, the thangka painter and great artist Andy Weber who helped us with the visualization material. Nicholas Ribush of the Lama Yeshe Wisdom Archive allowed us to have Lama Zopa Rinpoche's A Chat Aboout Yamantaka available on our site for download. Most recently the very gifted lotsawa David Gonsalez joined us and long-time Yamantaka practioner/teacher/lama Jhampa Shaneman has merged his support website (yamantaka.org) with ours.
To this very day, vajrabhairava.com is not an organization of any sorts — and there are no plans to create one in the future. Early this year we had a devastating loss. Our friend and my beloved husband, the developer and maintainer of this and other dharma websites died after a short illness It is my hope to keep this website and sister websites up and available for practitioners. Due to Wolfgang's death we will now need a contribution from you to continue to maintain and improve these sites. We can't do this anymore without your help. We need for you to contribute and we are asking for a donation of $10 a year or $1 per month. Please help. We share the same goals with similar endeavors like the International Kalachakra Network, Guhyasamaja.com, or our sister projects, Vajrayogini.com and Chakrasamvara.com.
Dr. Wolfgang Saumweber/ Linda Moore
In accordance with the wishes of the teachers who have conferred the Yamantaka initiation certain aspects of the practice are reserved for initiates only. Anyone who has received the Single-Deity or 13-Deity Yamantaka (Vajrabhairava) initiation in the lineage of Je Tsongkhapa is welcome as member of the vajrabhairava.com website and is encouraged to apply for membership. All you have to do is to fill out the registration form and answer a few questions.
All of the information you provide us with is strictly confidential and will only be reviewed by the administrator of this site. After you have signed up the administrator will get back to you usually within 48 hours providing you with a username and password which gives you access to the materials.
Our mission is:
To provide world-wide support for Yamantaka practice and study in authentic lineages, by acting as a non-hierarchical communication platform between vajra brothers and sisters, with the deepest respect for the advice of fully qualified teachers such as His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama.
To promote effective and efficient communication and cooperation between teachers, practitioners, scholars and translators as well as the Yamantaka Practice Groups and Centers about teaching programs, retreats and any other related activities.
To support emerging Yamantaka Practice Groups and Centers.
To promote the translation, creation and production of practitioner-friendly Yamantaka texts, commentaries and other practice materials.
To preserve and make accessible traditional Yamantaka texts for practitioners, translators and scholars by creating and maintaining a catalogue and repository of available texts.
To protect the purity of individual lineages and to recognize the value of discussion and friendly, constructive debate between different commentary traditions.
So far, the most ambitious project has been the translation of the Yamantaka 13-Deity sadhana by Je Tsongkhapa. Our administrator, Dr. Wolfgang Saumweber spent a full year to complete this task - even with the tireless tutoring by Dr. Alexander Berzin. Beside Alex we greatly appreciate the help and encouragement of Lama Kunga Rinpoche, Sharpa Tulku, Dr. Kurt Keutzer, Cate Hunter, Michael Müller, David Gonsalez, and Jhampa Shaneman.
The tasks we are working on right now are:
- The complete list of the Yamantaka Lineage Masters with life data, stories and images.
- A new edition of Dr. Berzin's Yamantaka Self-Initiation sadhana.
- Complete new edition of Jhampa Shaneman's texts.
- Develop a Retreat Manual with all necessary practice texts & visualizations.
- A new translation of the Yamantaka Fire Puja together with Dr. Berzin.
- Development of new visualization aids together with Andy Weber.