Sadhana Practice

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sgrub thabs - Sadhana. 'Means of accomplishment.' Tantric liturgy and procedure for practice usually emphasizing the development stage. The typical sadhana structure involves a preliminary part including the taking of refuge and arousing bodhichitta, a main part involving visualization of a buddha and recitation of the mantra, and a concluding part with dedication of merit to all sentient beings [RY]

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bgegs gtor - Gektor. A torma offering given to spirits and negative forces who may obstruct the sadhana practice [RY]

sgrub chen - Drubchen Ceremony. Great accomplishment practice; a sadhana practice undertaken by a group of people which goes on uninterruptedly for seven days. rite of great attainment. mahasadhana, big puja, 'seven-day practice'; (stage of) great accomplishment; intensive group sadhana practice/ retreat [RY]

sgrub pa nyams len - meditation training, sadhana practice [RY]

sgrub phrin - sadhana practice [RY]

sngags pa - Ngakpa, Mantrika. A practitioner of Vajrayana. tantrika. Tantric practitioners. A person who has received empowerment, continues the sadhana practice and keeps the commitments [RY]

phyag rgya rkyang pa - Single Form. Sadhana text of Mahayoga composed by Padmasambhava. The title refers to the sadhana practice of a single deity without a retinue [RY]

tshe sgrub - ayu sadhana practice [RY]

bzlas pa - Recitation. The part of sadhana practice which covers recitation of a mantra [RY]

bzlas pa'i rim pa - Recitation stage. The part of sadhana practice which covers mantra recitation [RY]

ye shes mtsho rgyal - Yeshe Tsogyal. The different versions of her biography give varying details about her place of birth, the names of her parents and so forth. In his Ocean of Wondrous Sayings to Delight the Learned Ones, Guru Tashi Tobgyal states that her father's name was Namkha Yeshe of the Kharchen clan and that she was born in Drongmochey of Drak. At first she was one of King Trisong Deutsen's queens but later was given to Padmasambhava to be his spiritual consort. During the empowerment of Assemblage of Sugatas, her initiation flower fell on the mandala of Kilaya. Through this practice she became able to tame evil spirits and revive the dead. She was the chief compiler of all the inconceivable teachings given by the great master Padmasambhava. Having remained in Tibet for two hundred years, she departed for the celestial realm of the Glorious Copper Colored Mountain, without leaving a corpse behind. In The Precious Garland of Lapis Lazuli, Jamgön Kongtrül says, "Yeshe Tsogyal was a direct incarnation of Dhatvishvari Vajra Yogini in the form of a woman. She served Padmasambhava perfectly in that life, engaged in sadhana practice with incredible perseverance and attained a level equal to Padmasambhava himself, the 'continuity adorned with inexhaustible body, speech, mind, qualities, and activities.' Her kindness to the land of Tibet surpasses the imagination and her compassionate activity which is no different from Padmasambhava's continues unceasingly." Yeshe Tsogyal means 'Victorious Ocean of Wisdom.' [RY]

rig pa'i kun tu bzang po - Awareness Samantabhadra. In sadhana practice is an ornamented bodhisattva in the form of the body of karmic ripening of samsaric ego-clinging. He stands with the legs parallel and has joined the palms of his hands. [RY]

sa lA chen po'i sa bon - Seed of the Great Sal Tree. Text by Jamgön Kongtrül on sadhana practice [RY]