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Buddhadharma : Summer 2013
30 BUDDHADHARMA: THE PRACTITIONER’S QUARTERLY SUMMER 2 0 1 3 Receiving the Four Empowerments After the devotional prayers, meditate on receiv- ing the four empowerments. First, visualize a white Om letter at Guru Rinpoche’s forehead— the vajra-body center. From the Om come Guru Rinpoche’s vajra-body blessings in the form of white beams of rainbow light. They enter the crown of your head and fill your whole body. Believe that all of your physical impurities have been purified. You have received his vajra-body blessings. They have empowered you to realize the manifested-body of buddhahood. Second, from the red Ah letter at Guru Rinpoche’s throat—the vajra-speech center— come Guru Rinpoche’s vajra-speech blessings in the form of red beams of light. They enter your throat and fill your body. Believe that they have purified your speech and energy impuri- ties. You have received his vajra-speech bless- ings. They have empowered you to realize the enjoyment-body. Third, from the Hung letter at Guru Rinpoche’s heart—the vajra-mind center—come Guru Rinpoche’s vajra-mind blessings in the form of blue beams of light. They enter your heart and fill your body. Believe that they have purified your mind and emotional impurities. You have received his vajra-mind blessings. They have empowered you to attain the ultimate-body. Fourth, from all three vajra centers of Guru Rinpoche come his vajra-wisdom blessings in the form of three colored beams of light. They merge simultaneously into your three places: forehead, throat, and heart. Believe that they have puri- fied your intellectual obscurations—the dualistic concepts, with their traces. You have received his vajra-wisdom blessings. It has empowered you to attain the essence-body of buddhahood. Kyabje Dudjom Rinpoche teaches: From the four sacred centers of the body of the glorious Guru, Lights of nectar are emanated gradually and then simultaneously. By merging them into one’s four places, four obscurations are purified. Four empowerments are received and four Buddha-bodies are realized. Uniting Your Mind with Guru Rinpoche When your mind is fully open to and enjoying the blessings of Guru Rinpoche and Zangdok Palri with devotion, you will feel that your mind and body have become inseparable from them and start finding Guru Rinpoche’s presence and qualities in yourself, as it is natural to become whatever you see and enjoy, whether it is posi- tive or negative. Recognizing and enjoying such realization, sing the prayer mantra repeatedly tens, hundreds, and thousands of times with a devotional heart and the sweetest melodies: Om ah hung bedzar guru pema siddhi hung. O body, speech and mind of all the Buddhas: Vajra Guru Padma(sambhava)! With all your attainments I am imbued. Rigdzin Jigme Lingpa writes: By the power of visualizing the details of the pure land and By the power of making the aspirations by my mind To the external Zangdok Palri— May I see the natural presence of Zangdok Palri In the world of my own body. (Below) Guru Rinpoche touches the head of Chokgyur Lingpa, telling him to return to Tibet to continue serving the dharma. Chokgyur Lingpa was a famous 19th-century terton, or treasure revealer. (Opposite) Five dakinis appear before Chokgyur Lingpa to escort him to Zangdok Palri