Conduct tantras


Tantras of the Conduct class with both meditational and ritual elements, mostly centered on the deities Vairocana, Acala, or Vajrapāṇi (Toh 494-501).

Texts: 8 Translated: 1 In Progress: 1 Not Begun: 6
Toh  494

The Tantra of the Complete Enlightenment of Vairocana

རྣམ་པར་སྣང་མཛད་མངོན་པར་རྫོགས་པར་བྱང་ཆུབ་པའི་རྒྱུད། · rnam par snang mdzad mngon par rdzogs par byang chub pa'i rgyud/
Title variants
  • mdo sde'i chos kyi rnam grangs/
  • The Dharma Discourse Consisting in the Sūtra on the Enlightenment of Mahāvairocana
  • mahāvairocanābhisaṃbodhi­vikurvitādhiṣṭhānavaipulya­sūtrendrarāja­nāmadharmaparyāya
  • rnam par snang mdzad chen po mngon par rdzogs par byang chub pa rnam par sprul pa byin gyis rlob pa shin tu rgyas pa mdo sde dbang po'i rgyal po zhes bya ba'i chos kyi rnam grangs/

In progress
Toh  495

The Practice Described as the Taming

འདུལ་བར་གསུངས་པའི་རྟོག་པ། · 'dul bar gsungs pa'i rtog pa/
acalamahākrodharājasya sarvatathāgatasya balāparimita­vīravinayasvākhyāto nāma kalpaḥ
Title variants
  • de bzhin gshegs pa thams cad kyi khro bo'i rgyal po mi g.yo ba de'i stobs dpag tu med pa rtul phod pa 'dul bar gsungs pa zhes bya ba'i rtog pa/
  • āryācalamahā­krodharājasya sarvatathāgatasya balāparimita­vīravinayasvākhyāto nāma kalpaḥ

Not Started
Toh  496

The Vajrapāṇi Empowerment

ཕྱག་རྡོར་དབང་བསྐུར། · phyag rdor dbang bskur/
Title variants
  • 'phags pa lag na rdo rje dbang bskur ba'i rgyud chen po/
  • āryavajrapāṇyabhiṣekamahātantra

Not Started
Toh  497

Incantation of the Eight Goddesses

ལྷ་མོ་བརྒྱད་ཀྱི་གཟུངས། · lha mo brgyad kyi gzungs/
Title variants
  • 'phags pa lha mo brgyad kyi gzungs/
  • āryāṣṭadevidhāraṇī

Not Started
Toh  498

The Tantra of the Blue-clad Blessed Vajrapāṇi

ཕྱག་ན་རྡོ་རྗེ་གོས་སྔོན་པོ་ཅན་གྱི་རྒྱུད། · phyag na rdo rje gos sngon po can gyi rgyud/

In the Kangyur and Tengyur collections there are more than forty titles centered on the form of Vajrapāṇi known as the “Blue-Clad One,” a measure of this figure’s great popularity in both India and Tibet. This text, The Tantra of the Blue-Clad Blessed Vajrapāṇi, is a scripture that belongs to the Conduct tantra (Caryātantra) class, the third of the four categories used by the Tibetans to organize their tantric canon. It introduces the practice of Blue-Clad Vajrapāṇi, while also providing the practitioner with a number of rituals directed at suppressing, subduing, or eliminating ritual targets.

Title variants
  • bcom ldan 'das phyag na rdo rje gos sngon po can gyi rgyud ces bya ba/
  • bhagavānnīlāmbaradhara­vajrapāṇitantranāma

Toh  499

The Tantra of Blue-clad Vajrapāṇi Vajrapātāla

ལག་ན་རྡོ་རྗེ་གོས་སྔོན་པོ་ཅན་རྡོ་རྗེ་ས་འོག་ཀྱི་རྒྱུད། · lag na rdo rje gos sngon po can rdo rje sa 'og kyi rgyud/
Title variants
  • 'phags pa lag na rdo rje gos sngon po can rdo rje sa 'og ces bya ba'i rgyud/
  • āryavajrapāṇi­nīlāmbaradhara­vajrapātālanāmatantra

Not Started
Toh  500

Moving Through the Three Vajra Levels, a Sovereign Practice

རྡོ་རྗེ་ས་གསུམ་དུ་རྒྱུ་བའི་རྟོག་པའི་རྒྱལ་པོ། · rdo rje sa gsum du rgyu ba'i rtog pa'i rgyal po/
Title variants
  • rdo rje sa gsum du rgyu ba zhes bya ba'i rtog pa'i rgyal po/
  • vajrabhūmitricaraṇarājakalpanāma

Not Started
Toh  501

Blue-clad Vajrapāṇi, a Tantra to Tame the Three Worlds

ཕྱག་རྡོར་འཇིག་རྟེན་གསུམ་འདུལ་རྒྱུད། · phyag rdor 'jig rten gsum 'dul rgyud/
Title variants
  • 'phags pa lag na rdo rje gos sngon po can zhes bya ba'i 'jig rten gsum 'dul ba'i rgyud/
  • āryavajrapāṇi­nīlāmbaradhara­trilokavinayanāmatantra

Not Started

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Conduct tantras

This is the smallest class of tantras, comprising only 8 works in the Kangyur. The Conduct tantra practice and view are intermediate between those of the Yoga and Action tantras; external ritual is important, but the goal is liberation through internal, meditative practice. Vairocana, Acala and Vajrapāṇi are the principal deities. Other terms (used in some Nyingma classifications of tantra) are Upayoga and Ubhayatantra.

The works in this class are divided according to the three families:

(a) Tathāgata family (Toh 494 and 495), two tantras centered on Vairocana and Acala respectively;

(b) Padma family, not represented here;

(c) Vajra family (Toh 496-501), centered on Vajrapāṇi.