The Path of Compassion and Wisdom concludes in this, the third book in the series. The author, Geshe Kelsang Gyatso wishes to offer this free ebook for the benefit of everyone.
We all have the potential to gain realizations of all the stages of the path to enlightenment. These potentials are like seeds in the field of our mind, and our meditation practice is like cultivating these seeds. However, our meditation prac-tice will be successful only if we make good preparations beforehand.
If we want to cultivate external crops, we begin by making careful preparations. First, we remove from the soil anything that might obstruct their growth, such as stones and weeds. Second, we enrich the soil with compost or fertilizer to give it the strength to sustain growth. Third, we provide warm, moist conditions to enable the seeds to germinate and the plants to grow. In the same way, to cultivate our inner crops of Dharma realizations we must also begin by making careful preparations.
First, we must purify our mind to eliminate the negative karma we have accumulated in the past, because if we do not purify this karma it will obstruct the growth of Dharma realizations. Second, we need to give our mind the strength to support the growth of Dharma realizations by accumulating merit. Third, we need to activate and sustain the growth of Dharma realizations by receiving the blessings of the holy beings.
The Yoga of Buddha Heruka
Those who have received the empowerment of Heruka body mandala, but who are unable to practise the extensive sadhana, Essence of Vajrayana, can practise this short sadhana, which con-tains the very essence of Heruka body mandala practice.
It is very important to improve our understanding of and faith in this precious practice through sincerely studying its commen-tary as presented in Modern Buddhism – Volume 2: Tantra, in the chapter The Practice of Heruka Body Mandala. Having understood the meaning clearly and with strong faith we can enter, make progress on and complete the quick path to the enlightened state of Buddha Heruka.
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