1. Taking Refuge and Prostrations
2. Vajrasattva Meditation and Recitation
3. Mandala Offering
4. Guru Yoga
The Unity of Wisdom and Merit
The Preliminaries of Mahamudra as Daily Practice
By 14th Shamarpa Rinpoche
For Vajrayana practitioners, the practice of the Four Preliminaries is very important. According to sutras, "The Practice of the Preliminaries is more profound than the actual Practice".
The Four Preliminaries are regarded as an indispensable for the Preliminary practice of Mahamudra.
Therefore this CD is to assist the Vajrayana practitioners who cannot read Tibetan but would like to engage in the practice of the Preliminaries.
May you all achieve complete success in your practice of Buddhism, good fortune and happiness.
— Khenpo Karsang Tenzin
- Taking Refuge and Prostrations
Taking refuge is to develop the unshakable devotion of practitioners towards the Three Roots and Three Jewels and Prostrations are for the training of the unfailing access of the mind.
- Vajrasattva Meditation and Recitation
This Preliminary requires the require empowerment of the deity Vajrasattva. Meditation and recitation of the Hundred Syllabes Mantra aim at the elimination of the negative karma and negative deeds created by the body, speech and mind of the practitioner.
- Mandala Offering
Mandala Offering is the practice of the Paramita of Generosity. The objects of offering are not only limited to mundane precious valuables and practitioner's own body, speech and mind but also include the merit and benefits beyond the mundane world which are made without attachment and for the benefit of all sentient beings.
- Guru Yoga
Guru Yoga is the entrance practice to Mahamudra and with greatest confidence, one connects to Vajradhara - the complete combination of three roots and three jewels. With the blessing of Vajradhara one can achieve enlightenment, free from Samsara and ultimate liberation.
Released Date: 2013-02-25
Oral transmission, empowerment and explanation by Guru are required for the "The Preliminaries" to avoid entering into the wrong path. Before engaging the Four Preliminaries one should contemplate on the Four Common Preliminaries, sometimes called the Four Thoughts that Turn the Mind. i.e.
• The difficulty of attaining a human body endowed with freedom and richness.
• The impermanent of life.
• The infallibility of actions, cause and effect.
• The flaws of cyclic existence.
According to tradition, each preliminary is required to practice for 111111 times.