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Magnetize me: working with the magnetizing activity deities of the Padma Buddha family: Amitabha, Chenrezig, Hayagriva, Vajrayogini, Vajradharma

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Many Buddhists are attracted (magnetized) to the charismatic emanations of Enlightenment of the Padma family: Amitabha, Chenrezig (Avalokiteshvara), Hayagriva, Vajrayogini or Vajravarahi, Kurukulla, Vajradharma and others. It seems natural and instinctive — the nature of the magnetic personas of these great beings.

All of these can be thought of, as emanations of the compassion of the Padma family of Amitabha, and representative of “Discriminating Wisdom.” His family is also the “Speechfamily, the emanations of Dharma or Buddha’s Speech, and, it is through speech and teachings that Buddha “attracted” the Sangha to the Enlightening Path. Compassion is another aspect of the tantalizing power of the enchanting Padma (Lotus) Buddhas:



Hayagriva, Heruka aspect of Amitabha

Red Chenrezig Padmapani (Avalokiteshvara)===

Vajravarahi Vajrayogini Dakini


Mirror-like Awareness of Amitabha

Ultimately, all Buddhas are of one essence, but the various emanations of Enlightenment represent a skillful means. In Vajrayana, the Five Wisdom Tathagatas “are emanations and representations of the five qualities of the Buddha.” [4] Amitabha Buddha’s Family represents the wisdom of Ādarśa-jñāna, the wisdom of “Mirror-like Awareness” or discernment, or “Discriminating Wisdom.” This wisdom helps us overcome selfishness, through various methods including compassion, meditation, and speech, or Dharma. [5]

The Magnetizing deities of Amitabha’s Padma Family are usually visualized with the colour red. They are alluring, attractive, seductive, enchanting — it is the nature of their charisma. Their speech is Enlightening Nectar. Even the Heruka wrathful emanation of Amitabha — great Hayagriva — is irresistible and mesmeric, despite an awe-inspiring wrathful appearance.

Why are we attracted to the Magnetizing Buddhas?

The Buddhas are the Padma family are probably the most popular in Mahayana Buddhism, especially Amitabha (Amita, Amitayus) and Avalokiteshvara (Chenrezig, Guanyin). Many Mahayana Buddhists aspire to be reborn in the Western Pure Land of the Padma Family, known as Sukhavati. But, since all Buddha’s are ultimately of one nature, and we all have Buddha Nature, why then, are the Padma family Buddhas so appealing and widely practiced?

“For people who are new to dharma practice, the practice of magnetizing would definitely be of benefit. In this degenerate age, people have difficulty truly absorbing the Dharma because they lack inner strength; their path in learning the Dharma is filled with obstacles. If you are one of these people, by practicing magnetizing you will develop inner strength, and be able to bring the Dharma into your mind more easily. Then, no matter what kind of obstacle you encounter, you will be capable of handling it.”

Red and sometimes naked: true nature of mind

Red, the color Magnetizing Padma family, is associated with both love and compassion. Avalokiteshvara (Guanyin) is literally the very face of compassion. Amitabha’s vast love for all sentient beings is all-embracing, and one of the reasons millions chant his name mantra daily. Kurukulle, a Magnetizing aspect of Tara, is often directly associated with love.

Khenpo Sodargye Rinpoche in his commentary on Wangdu, explains:


“Among the nine principal magnetizing deities, apart from Amitabha, a few of the dakinis appear naked as well. From this perspective, Vajrayana is indeed the practice of those with sharp natural capacities. If a person still holds on to the notion of shame, Buddhas and Bodhisattvas merely assume graceful and majestic forms. But if a person has realized the bare naked nature of the mind, where all conceptual thoughts and attachments have ceased to exist, then Buddhas and Bodhisattvas appear in another form.”

Amitabha and Avalokiteshvara (Guan-yin, Chenrezig) — arguably the most popular Buddhas, if we take into account the huge population of Mahayana Buddhists — are attractive. Their smiling faces attract us. Their peaceful gestures and meditative equipoise are the very pictures of Buddhist Metta and Karuna (love and compassion). Their speech, the Dharma, attracts us and teaches us, and their mantras are pleasing. The entire family is charismatic, even enthralling.

Wangdu — the Nine Yidams of the Great Cloud of Blessings

People familiar with the teachings of Mipham Rinpoche, Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche and Khenpo Namdrol Rinpoche will recall and, perhaps, practice the Wangdu prayer, composed by Mipham Rinpoche in 1879. At one point, at Lerab Ling, Khenpo Sodargye asked the Sangha to “accumulate 10 million recitations of the Wangdu prayer — which praises the Nine Great Yidams of the Magnetizing Family. [1] [[[Prayer]], in full, below. See the tangkha inset.]

According to Khenpo Namdro


“This prayer is called “that which brings within one’s power all that appears and all that exists’. It goes by such a name because if you make this prayer fervently, you will be able to magnetize or bring within your power the phenomena of the entire universe. This comprises both the inanimate environment and its animated inhabitants, sentient beings.”

Other traditions may not have the formal framing of Wangdu, but there is no doubt that these emanations, these precious Nine Yidams, are a major focus in all traditions of Tibetan Buddhism and Mahayana (the position from the point-of-view of the Deity, not the viewer):

Amitabha (top centre on Thangka)

Vajradharma (immediately below Amitabha on Thangka)

Hayagriva, Heruka aspect of Amitabha (left of Amitabha)

Red Chenrezig Padmapani (right of Amitabha)===

Pema Gyalpo (central deity — one of the eight manifestations of Padmasambhava )

Vajravarahi (Vajrayogini) Dakini (left of Pema Gyalpo, under Hayagriva)

Guhyajnana Dakini left of Pema Gyalpo

Kurukulla (bottom right of Pema Gyalpo)

Dope Gyalpo (bottom left).

Full Wangdu Prayer

As indicated by Khenpo Sodargye (above video) the Wangdu Prayer is so widely practiced it can be recited without empowerment:

“When you chant and practice Wang , you can follow the instructions of the common or advanced tantric practices. Of course, uninitiated practitioners, or practitioners who are foreign to tantric practice can practice Wang Dü using the Sutrayana method. Mipham Rinpoche did not require people to strictly practice this prayer in the way of the generation or perfection

stages. As long as we pray to the magnetizing deities with devotion, all animate and inanimate worlds will resonate. This will allow the essence of samsara and nirvana to be gathered into oneself.”


Wang : ‘The Great Cloud of Blessings’—The Prayer which Magnetizes All that Appears and All that Exists

by Mipham Rinpoche

ཨོཾ་ཨཱཿཧཱུྂ་ཧྲཱིཿ བདེ་ཆེན་འབར་བ་དབང་གི་ཕོ་བྲང་དུ།

om ah hung hrih, dechen barwa wang gi podrang du

Oṃ āḥ hūṃ hrīḥ! In the palace of power, the blazing of great bliss,


detong sosor tokpé yeshe ku

Are the embodiments of the wisdom of discernment, union of bliss and emptiness:


machak deden pemé rangshyin

Each on a lotus, its nature bliss free from all attachment,


dorjé nyima nangwa chenpö pal

And the splendour of a great, illuminating vajra sun


chöku nangwa tayé dorjé chö

Dharmakāya Amitābha and Vajradharma,


jikten wangchuk tukjé jechak zuk

Avalokiteśvara, Lord of the World, the very manifestation of compassion,


pema gyalpö khordé ngawang gyur

Padma Gyalpo, all of saṃsāra and nirvāṇa beneath your control,


nangsi zilnön wangchen heruka

Powerful heruka, subjugator of all that appears and exists,


sangwa yeshe benza varahi

Secret Wisdom’ (Guhyajñāna) and Vajravārāhī,


demchok döpé gyalpo dechen ter

Döpé Gyalpo, King of Desire, ecstasy supreme, source of the wisdom of great bliss,


malü kyegü yitrok rikjema

Kurukullā, who captivates the mind of every living being without exception,


choktün chakgyé wangchuk detong gar

Masters and mistresses of supreme and ordinary mudrās, dancing in bliss and emptiness,


wangdzé dorjé pawo daki tsok

Hosts of vajra ḍākas and ḍākinīs attract and magnetize.


nangtong nyampa chenpö ngang nyi du

Remaining always within the state of great equality of appearance and emptiness,


dorjé ku yi gar gyi si sum yo

With the dance of your vajra body, you cause the three planes of existence to tremble;


gakmé sung gi shyé dré kham sum guk

With the sound of your laughter, your unceasing enlightened speech, you draw in the three worlds;


özer marpö khordé yong la khyab

Rays of red light burst out to fill all of saṃsāra and nirvāṇa


sishyi dangchü yo shying düparjé

And cause the vital essence of conditioned existence and ultimate peace to vibrate and be gathered in.


dorjé chakpa chenpö tuk kyi ni

With your enlightened mind of great vajra passion,


nam nyi ngödrub dö gü chok tsol shying

You grant the supreme of all things desired—the two kinds of siddhis;


dorjé chakkyu shyakpa chenpo yi

And with your great vajra hooks and lassos


nangsi dewa chenpor domjepa

You bind the world of appearance and existence in great bliss.


tayé gyutrul drawé rolgarchen

Dancers in the play of the limitless net of illusion,


til gyi gongbu chewa shyin shyukpé

Who fill space to overflowing, like a vast outpouring of sesame seeds,


rabjam tsa sum wang gi lhatsok la

Vast array of the Three Roots, hosts of magnetizing deities,


güpé solwa deb so jingyi lob

In devotion we pray to you: inspire us with your blessings,


choktün ngödrub dö gü pal tadak

Grant us attainments, ordinary and supreme, and so the siddhi


tokmé wang du jepé ngödrub tsol

Of magnetizing, without obstruction, whatever we desire!

ཅེས་པའང་རབ་ཚེས་ས་ཡོས་ཟླ་ ཚེས་ ལ་དྷཱིཿམིང་པས་སྤེལ་བ། གསོལ་བ་བཏབ་ན་གང་ཟག་སུ་ཡང་རུང་སྟེ་དབང་གི་ལས་ཀུན་ཇི་ལྟར་བསམ་པ་བཞིན་འགྲུབ་པར་གདོན་མི་ཟའོ།དར་དམར་ལ་བྲིས་ཏེ་ཕྱར་བའམ། མེ་རླུང་ལ་འཁོར་ལོ་བྱས་ཀྱང་འགྲུབ་བོ།མངྒ་ལཾ།

NOTE: This was composed on the first day of the seventh month of the Earth Hare year (1879) by one named Dhīḥ. Anyone who prays in this way will, without any doubt, accomplish all magnetizing activities exactly according to their wishes. This prayer may be written on red flags and flown in the air, or used in prayer wheels powered by heat or wind. Mangalaṃ!


[1] Wangdu: the Prayer Which Magnetizes all the Appears and all that Exists>>

[2] Khenpo Namdrol, Commentary on the Wang prayer, 1998, Rigpa.

[3] Khenpo Sodargye “The Magnetizing Deities

[4] Williams, Wynne, Tribe; Buddhist Thought: A Complete Introduction to the Indian Tradition, page 210.

[5] The Five Tathagatas