Four doors of secret mantra practice

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Four doors of secret mantra practice (Tib. གསངས་སྔགས་ཀྱི་སྒོ་བཞི་, sang ngak kyi go shyi, Wyl. gsangs sngags kyi sgo bzhi):

  1. The door of recitation, for genuine visualization
  2. The door of secret mantra, for invoking the wisdom mind
  3. The door of samadhi, for focusing one-pointedly
  4. The door of ritual mudras, for conveying symbolic meaning


The verbal gate of utterance is to remind of the ultimate.
The secret gate of mantra is to invoke the samayas.
The mental gate of samadhi is to keep one-pointed focus.
The playful gate of mudra is to link gesture with meaning.[1]


  1. The Light of Wisdom, Vol. 2, Root text by Padmasambhava and commentary by Jamgön Kongtrül the Great. Published by Shambhala Publications ISBN 962-7341-33-9

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