Introduction to a Vajrayogini Commentary

By Lama Thubten Yeshe
Chenrezig Institute, Australia, September 1979 (Archive #365)

In September 1979 Lama Yeshe conferred the Vajrayogini initiation and gave teachings on the tantric practice of Vajrayogini to a group of students preparing for retreat at Chenrezig Institute in Australia. He addressed subjects that were specific to this Highest Yoga Tantra practice as well as other, more general topics. The transcript, kept largely in Lama Yeshe’s original words, is lightly edited by Nicholas Ribush.

Three introductory discourses, in which Lama taught on renunciation, bodhicitta and emptiness, are available here for the general public to read. The full transcript is available as a PDF file for individuals who have received a Heruka or Vajrayogini Highest Yoga Tantra initiation. See the Initiates Only section of the store for more information on how to order the text.

Lama Yeshe teaching at Chenrezig Institute, Australia, 1979.
Introduction to a Vajrayogini Commentary
Lama Thubten Yeshe

In these three introductory discourses, Lama addressed the topics of renunciation, bodhicitta and emptiness, the preliminary meditations needed for practicing tantric yoga. The full commentary is available to initiates as a PDF file. Please contact our office before ordering the PDF.


An initiation is a part of the practice of tantra, which Lama Yeshe describes in the free book Essence of Tibetan Buddhism. In an initiation, a qualified Vajrayana teacher empowers a student to undertake certain practices. In order to read books describing such practices, one needs to have received initiation into the particular tantric deity concerned. For more detailed information, see Lama Yeshe's book Introduction to Tantra, Wisdom Publications, 1987.