A Survey of the Paths of Tibetan Buddhism by Tenzin Gyatso (His Holiness 14th Dalai Lama of Tibet)

By Tenzin Gyatso (His Holiness 14th Dalai Lama of Tibet)

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In the case of an external phenomena like a vase or a sprout, we cannot talk of a ripening factor, path, resultant state and so on. It is only on the basis of an individual who possesses this kind of faculty within that one can speak of a ripening factor and a path that leads to an eventual resultant state. Thus, broadly speaking there are four initiations. Preparations for Empowerment To conduct a ceremony of empowerment one requires a mandala, which is the inestimable mansion or divine residence of the deity.

If, in a similar way, you were to read a short text composed by an experienced lama on the Great Perfection and were to conclude that the view of the Great Perfection was very simple, that would be a sign that you had not understood it properly. It would also be very ironic if the highest of the nine vehicles could also be said to be the simplest. And with this I come to an end of my survey of all the Buddhist practices including the systems of both sutra and tantra undertaken in the Tibetan tradition.

If, as a result of your further meditation, you are able to reach the stage where you have a clear vision of the subtle deities that are generated from different parts of your body in a single instant, you will have achieved the second level of the generation stage. Once you have attained firm meditative stabilization, different meditations, such as emananting deities, dissolving them back into your heart and so on, are explained in order to train yourself to gain further control over this single-pointedness.

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