Amoghasiddhi—the Magician of the Phurpa


The world is matter to be transformed to liberate concentrated energy of the Wise Men—a psychic energy capable of attracting the Powers from Beyond, the Superior Unknown Beings, the Lords of the Cosmos. The institution of the Black Order had no political or military significance; its raison d’être was purely magical…(from ‘The Morning of the Magicians’)

The Black Ngagspa was a member of the notorious Black Order, an arcane group that had no other purpose but to obey the Dark Lord of Thule. After signing a pact (and thus sacrificing his immortal spirit) with this Evil Power, he was able to produce materialized images after invoking the ‘Mirror of Darkness’. Peering into this twisted thing of evil, the Black Ngagspa was able of ascertaining the whereabouts of Schäfer after he miraculously escaped from the claw of his wicked grip. The Black Ngagspa soon realized that he had discovered the location that housed the prize of his malevolent quest; for the Iron Stupa imprisoned at its apex the all-powerful “Vril”. He was anxious to discover under what form this cosmic-substance had become concretized.  Harnessing all the forces of his malignant will, the Black Ngagspa created a tulpa—a doppelganger of himself—a grotesque thing that gripped a horrific-phurpa with the intent of shredding Schäfer to pieces upon initial contact…


In a swift counterattack, Blessed Tara verte transformed herself into the shape of another Phurpa, one that bore the strength of meteoric-iron. As soon as the doppelganger began to materialize, the Blessed Phurpa sprang into action—stinging the very air with the Mantric Syllables:


The demon-doppelganger cringed with fear as it was lured into a large forming-triangle which was quickly fashioned into an encasing-yantra from which there was no-escape:


At the core of the early-formation of the Nazi party was the Thule Society, an occult group that believed their power sprang from the mythic land of Hyperborea-Thule. There are accounts that the dark mysticism of “Thule” carried-over into the eventual sinister-spiritual formation of the SS. Hence, there was known to be a “Black Order” that spiritually oversaw and influenced the likes of Heinrich Himmler himself. The Black Ngagspa in the narrative is a member of this Black Order—an evil monk; their actions are always an inverse—an abomination of true wisdom. As mentioned earlier, his dark powers include the ability to create a “tulpa”, a mind-created being; the one created in the narrative bears in his arsenal—a phurpa—a mystical-dagger of ancient Bön origin.

The Dhyani Buddha, Amoghasiddhi, symbolically wields what is called his Adamantine-Sword; another form of this mystical-weapon is the Phurpa. Amoghasiddhi has a strong connection with the Phurpa as a Wrathful Form of himself, Vajrakilaya, (more on Vajrakilaya in the next segment) who takes shape to counteract the karmic dispositions of negative influences, mainly demons. The Phurpa in its Sanskrit form is ‘kila’ or ‘kilaya’. Here, his consort, Tara verte also forms into a formidable Phurpa—shaped much like today’s accompanying image at the top. This particular phurpa is in the shape of a naga-being with a most stinging tail. The naga usually appears in some form in all phurpas, usually as descending tails coming to a sharp point at the end of the triangular blade. In point of fact, the Phurpa IS a Divine Being in itself.  In this sense, it is no mere static-dead piece of iron, but truly a living and vibrant mystic-force. Hence, the phurpa-practitioner needs to be conscious of this Reality and always approach this living ritual force with a great deal of respect and caution before one dare handle-it. Traditionally, these “banning-daggers” are made of iron (preferably in meteoric form) in order to subdue and overpower demonic forces. It’s most interesting to know that for the practicing Buddhist who wields the Phurpa, the intent is never to destroy, but to subdue and neutralize the negative force—much like sending a computer virus off to quarantine. The following is a description of one such ritual:

The Phurpa-Priest begins by reciting a dagger-sharp Phurpa mantra. He becomes Phurpa, the dagger, the god, the dagger-deity, whose fine senses will in the following enable him first to identify the evil bringing demon and to localize it. The mantric syllables and the mudras join in a stream and the Phurpa master starts to lure the demon into the triangle, into the yantra from which there is said to be no escape. For a bait, for a lure he uses a “paper effigy” putting it in the centre of the triangle. This allurement, methodically the most critical phase of the ritual, may last an hour or more. The dagger man writes names and syllables for this purpose on the effigy. He sprinkles it with blood of varying degrees of reality. He rolls the dagger between his palms. He points It to the sky and to the ground and moves the Phurpa along with its black silken flag behind his back from the right into the left hand. He moistens the three-edged blade with water. Then he strikes: he knifes the effigy. He hammers it to death. He cuts the effigy to pieces. He again recites an igniting syllable chain. Finally he burns the remains of the effigy up and on the level of the perceivable the ceremony becomes extinct. [Dagger Blessing, The Tibetan Phurpa Cult: Reflection and Materials, Thomas Marcotty, 1987, pg. 59-60]

Once again here, the demon itself isn’t destroyed, only its evil-karmic tendencies. What can happen is that the demon or other evil influence becomes liberated. The same resource reports the following:

The priest needs a very special concentration (Special Compassion) in order not to hurt the sentient being. He only kills its bad qualities. Would he not succeed so far, the ritual murder would amount to common murder followed by very serious karmic consequences… 

‘Lord Buddha, in one of his former incarnations, once killed a black magician who intended to murder 500 merchants. This way Lord Buddha not only saved the lives of the merchants. He also averted a terrible Karma from the magician. But also in this case Lord Buddha only destroyed the magician’s bad qualities: his hatred and lust, both born from ignorance. Buddha did all this with Special Compassion and thus acquired great Merits’ (Ibid, pg. 5)

These liberating ceremonies also usually end in PHAT—meaning to “release yourself from these evil tendencies.”

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6 Responses to Amoghasiddhi—the Magician of the Phurpa

  1. scott says:

    Dearest Teacher

    Again, my deepest gratitude and amazement at the vast treasure house of wisdom and compassion given so generously in this sacred space.

    The light herein transmitted emanates brightly and resonates deeply across time and space.

    May your profound kindness be multiplied exponentially.

  2. Tozen says:

    Interesting hagiography (to say the least).

    One of the cruelest beings in history is without doubt Lt. General Shiro Ishii, Commander of the little-known Unit 731 in Manchuria, China during the end of WW2. His psychopathy is said to even have overshadowed the German Rudolf Höss, commandant of Auschwitz concentration and extermination camp.

    The cruelties and inhumane biological experiments committed against sentient beings, be it men, women, or even children especially, during Ishii´s time in this facility are almost too hard for any normal being to comprehend and all made in the hope of saving the Japanese Imperial war on the sentient beings inhabiting the Pacific and had they succeeded with their bacterial weapons, on the west coast of the USA.

    Having said this, and not including the hundreds of warlords and tyrants in the history of mankind, where exactly was your Wisdom Buddha Amoghasiddhi or the executive function of this spiritual power, the bodhisattva Tara, when the screams of these karmically unfortunate beings echoed throughout the premises of 731?

    Was the corporeal presence of evil incarnate, General Ishii, slained, or removed following the hagiographic logic of your post, that suggests such beings can be prevented to live out their evil karmic dispositions on the innocent should the later affect a larger group of innocent beings?

    He was granted immunity by the United States government in exchange for information and research for the U.S. Biowarfare program.

    He lived until 1959 (aged 67) and died comfortably in his home. Was his consciousness instantly transmigrated to the Avicci hells? You can be very sure of that as the karmic deeds of such stature have an immediate effect on a psychopathic mind of this level. Yet this wasn’t the point with my initial rhetorical questions.

    It was a reminder that what actually happens in the world of samsara and what is written, is not the same in any way whatsoever.
    Especially if you break down the assumed event or events to a subatomic level, and even beyond the former where the absolute spiritual reality of the Buddhas, the Dharmakaya, carries and supports the unreal as a way to enlighten and awake the ignorant to IT´s own permanent and very radiant presence.

    Much of man´s history, be it one of warfare and evil deeds, social, or religious, is very much based on hagiography vastly exaggerated compared to the true spiritual experience of one practicing the absolute buddha-dharma relying on NO FORM, or LABEL to make its presence known by anyone seeking its light of perfect liberation.

    To prevent this possibility of distorted history, man invented methods, like archeology, anthropology, religion and so on, to get a more precise information basis on what actually is reality and what is mere myth. Still, samsara being a mere kaleidoscopic reflection of the Buddha Mind, evil in all its painful or even pleasant forms, is impossible to comprehend for a mind that relies on any written accounting of what the mind truly is capable of in terms of good and evil.

    Evil must be faced, experienced, and overcome through the awakening of one´s own mind to its true spiritual nature, and not in any form, or way rely on labels based on form and temporality of the aforementioned.

    The collective sentient beings on this world, recognized as mankind, going against this spiritual path, have consequently throughout history, in an attempt to grasp its place and nature in this world, stumbled around like a blind inebriated man in a dark, mysterious cave of sheer luminosity, made this absolute reality of all Buddhas and Bodhisattvas, into a reflection of his unending fear of the “unknown”.

    It is thus not strange that he used hagiography, in many various forms as means to survive in the wilderness of his form and temporality-dependant mind, very much as beings during the stone age, (presumably) using campfire narrations and paintings on a cave wall to explain this thing they perceived and experienced as life, death and the great unknown where incalculable dangers lured upon them on a daily basis, as to psychologically overcome the suffering of potential insanity or death in the said wilderness.

    This is still valid today and will continue to BECOME so because it lies in the very nature of a sentient being alienated to the liberating radiance of its true nature to grant power (with said radiance) to that which it does not understand, desire, or fear. Hence the presence of Karma as a correctional reality of its Master and absolute reality, The Unborn Mind. Not a god, or even God, but sheer imagelessness. Until the latter is completely identified as SUCH, it will remain to the intoxicated as incalculable realities, forms, and labels of perceived events of shadow, light, and time.

    In dharma,


    • scott says:

      What a brilliant and illuminating post. Emaho! Thank you kind teacher for adding this engrossing commentary.

      This site is a very special and miraculous refuge for this world weary one from the spinning wheel of this samsaric so-called ‘modern’ world and the Gordian knot called existence. This dharma treasure house is quite unique and offers a most clear illuminating path to many profound realizations.

      Homage and blessings to all bodhisattvas and sentient beings who gather in this holy vivifying place in metta. Your kindness and generosity is met with deepest gratitude.

  3. Vajragoni says:

    What Herr Tozen failed to recognize was this was not your traditional Hagiography or biography of historical figures such as ecclesiastical personages but rather a narrative and allegory that conveyed actions occurring on a spiritual, and not material plane. His own weak logic failed to surmise that along with the terror he described, numerous other events like the holocaust where the Abrahamic God was absent, and even the mass invasion of the Buddhist world in India by the Islamic hordes that swarmed into it ruining a vast spiritual storehouse; indeed, where were the Dharma protectors or for that matter those countless Buddha’s and Bodhisattvas’ who were absent to forestall and defeat this awful destruction? Or were they absent, and this is the direct point of the matter.

    Within the ongoing narrative of the series in question, events do occur on a spiritual plane conveying a spiritual reality that far transcends any mere human event. Inner-transformations are occurring through these actions for the character outlined in the story. It’s a grand battle between good and evil on a spiritual level, and thus Schäfer’s transformed-spirit is the result. The final blog of the series wraps this up very nicely:

    “The decision to write this series in storyboard-format was arrived at during the summer months. The protagonist represents the three receptacles of Body, Speech, and Mind that together with the various Buddha-Deity-Goddesses relays the exercises in Anuyoga fashion—i.e., the Mind adept becoming as One with the Deity and thus experiencing firsthand the Tathatic Empowerments and Initiations. The Iron Stupa was the vehicle in which the protagonist became linked with the Five Dhyani Buddha energies—all leading to the climatic ACTION of the Stupa itself representing fully the Dharmakaya as the ultimate nature of the enlightened Mind and Spirit. Throughout the ascent the Mind-adept/Yogin experiences each of the five agencies, thus becoming more attuned with all of their particular energy-signatures. The end result being a Total and Unequivocal Transformation in consciousness: breaking free from the skandhic-cocoon and flying freely in the Mystical Heights of the Unborn, sans the body-consciousness. One now breathes with the Essential breath of the Amala Consciousness itself.

    This present series also added another salient dimension, shamanistic-magic, whose principles state that if one follows a certain course of ACTION with dedication and persistence, one will be led back to one’s True Buddhaic Nature in the Unborn; in such fashion one has a “hands on approach” to fulfilling their spiritual destiny. Of course, there are certain dangers in this, highlighted by the actions of the antagonists in the narrative. One needs to always be attuned with the Tathatic Mind and Spirit—when one does so, these spiritual techniques will enhance one’s quest for the Unborn.”

    Thus, as always, Herr Tozen’s comments are taken completely out of context of the whole material in question. Above all this is not about defeating any material forces, but much more importantly the spiritual ones that do the far greater eternal damage.

  4. Emaho says:




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