A Teaching on Heruka

By Kyabje Lama Zopa Rinpoche
Boulder Creek, CA USA May 1997 (Archive #1091)

During the spring of 1997, Lama Zopa Rinpoche gave a series of talks at Vajrapani Retreat Center to a group of students who held the full Heruka initiation. He addressed subjects that were specific to this Highest Yoga Tantra practice as well as other, more general topics. 

Lama Zopa Rinpoche has requested that only those with full Heruka or Vajrayogini initiation read this book, however, two chapters are available here for the general public to read.

The complete book is now available to initiates as a pdf file. See the Initiates Only section of the store for more information on how to order the text.

A Teaching on Heruka
Lama Zopa Rinpoche

This book is sold out, but the entire text is now available to initiates as a pdf file. Access to this publication is restricted to those with Heruka initiation, and you must contact our office before ordering this book.

Also note that in 2011 Rinpoche requested that the title of the book be changed from A Chat About Heruka to A Teaching on Heruka.


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.