In the Sarma tradition, the Yamantaka Tantras are classified as the second category of Father Tantra, known as the Anger class. There are sometimes said to be three forms of Yamantaka: Red Yamari, Black Yamari and Vajrabhairava.
In the Kagyé
Yamantaka also appears as one of the eight deities of Kagyé (see image), where he is also known as Manjushri Body (jampal ku, Wyl. 'jam dpal sku). The instructions related to this form of Yamantaka are based on the so-called "four chakras": secret or abiding chakra, chakra of existence, cutting chakra, and chakra of manifestation.
Yamantaka is also one of the four male gate keepers.
- See Kongtrul (2005), pp. 321-322
- Jamgön Kongtrul Lodrö Tayé, The Treasury of Knowledge: Systems of Buddhist Tantra (Ithaca: Snow Lion, 2005)
Empowerments Given to the Rigpa Sangha
- Trulshik Rinpoche, Lerab Ling, June 25th, 2003. 'jam dpal tshe bdag yang zlog me'i spu gri'i sgrub thabs rnon po nad gcod kyi dbang dbang bka' from Döjo Bumzang. "Razor of Fire", dark blue Yamantaka with three faces and six arms. This was practised by Nupchen Sangye Yeshe, who received it from Guru Rinpoche. Up to that point it was kama, but then it was hidden as a terma.
- 9th Khamtrul Rinpoche, Dokhampa Shedrub Nyima, Lerab Ling, 29 November 2017. Black Yamantaka torwang, from the tradition of Nubchen Sangye Yeshe, who received it from Vasudhara.