The Vajra Rosary Tantra

The Vajra Rosary Tantra

An Explanatory Tantra of the Glorious King of Tantras, The Esoteric Community Tantra, Shri Guhyasamaja Tantraraja

David R. Komodo Kittay


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The first English translation of the Vajra Rosary Tantra, with extensive annotations from Alamkakalasha's Commentary, with a detailed introduction by the author.

The Vajra Rosary is perhaps the most significant and detailed teaching attributed to Buddha instructing a practitioner how to overcome the 108 energies and their related conceptions that circulate in the subtle body and mind, leading most of us to continued rebirth in cyclic existence.  The Vajra Rosary tells us how to overcome these energies and achieve the freedom of enlightenment. It is one of the “explanatory tantras” of the Buddhist Esoteric Community (Guhyasamaja) unexcelled yoga tantric system, the most complete of the four systems of tantra described in Indo-Tibetan Buddhist literature.

The book’s analysis of the Vajra Rosary Tantra illuminates for readers perhaps the most compelling reason of all to choose Rosary—the path to enlightenment is built on overcoming the 108 energy-winds and conceptualities, the number of beads on the ancient Indo-Tibetan Buddhist rosary. Readers will learn what practices to engage in to accomplish the goal of becoming a fully enlightened buddha through this comprehensive text.


David R. Komodo Kittay:
Dr. Kittay specializes in teaching courses at Columbia University on Buddhism and on Eastern and Western philosophy, including “Technology, Religion, Future,” “Interpreting Buddhist Yoga, Hermeneutics East and West, "Reincarnation, Simulation, Resurrection," and "Law and Religion.  He has translated, with Lozang Jamspal, the five Explanatory Tantras of the Guhyasamaja Arya tradition, together with Tsongkhapa's detailed commentaries on The Four Goddesses Explanatory Tantra and The Vajra Intuitive Wisdom Compendium Tantra, and also Pha Dampa Sangs rgyas's One Hundred Spiritual Instructions to the Dingri People, and The Symphony of Dharma Sutra, along with other books and articles about Buddhism, religion, and law. He is the President of the Tibetan Classics Translators Guild of New York.  He also writes and lectures on the subject of compassionate lawyering, and has served as a trial and civil rights lawyer, federal bankruptcy trustee and a receiver for the Securities Exchange Commission. He is currently director the Clemente Course for the Humanities, teaching humanities to underprivileged people in Harlem.