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'''Nyenpa''' ([[Wyl.]] ''bsnyen pa'') — the first phase of [[sadhana]] practice. The word nyenpa in Tibetan implies 'familiarization', 'associating with', or 'approaching', and is often translated as 'approach'. [[Khenpo Chemchok]] explains that this phase of the practice is called nyenpa, or ‘approach’, because it brings the deity’s wisdom mind into your mind, through you becoming intimately familiar with the deity.
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'''Nyenpa''' (Tib. [[བསྙེན་པ་]], Wyl. ''bsnyen pa'') — the first phase of [[sadhana]] practice. The word nyenpa in Tibetan implies 'familiarization', 'associating with', or 'approaching', and is often translated as 'approach'. [[Khenpo Chemchok]] explains that "this phase of the practice is called nyenpa, or ‘approach’, because it brings the deity’s wisdom mind into your mind, through your becoming intimately familiar with the deity."
  
 
Kyabje [[Sakya Trizin]] and [[Alak Zenkar Rinpoche]] explain that: in the past, the approach practice mainly involved focusing on the visualization of the [[yidam|deity]] during the session, and the [[mantra]] was recited in between sessions. However nowadays mantra recitation is the standard practice to measure deity meditation (most of our [[sadhana]]s advise reciting a certain number of mantras for the different phases of the practice, such as the [[four stages of approach and accomplishment]]). This is why Buddhist practitioners today use the word ‘recitation’ or talk about ‘doing accumulation’ when referring to the ‘nyenpa’.
 
Kyabje [[Sakya Trizin]] and [[Alak Zenkar Rinpoche]] explain that: in the past, the approach practice mainly involved focusing on the visualization of the [[yidam|deity]] during the session, and the [[mantra]] was recited in between sessions. However nowadays mantra recitation is the standard practice to measure deity meditation (most of our [[sadhana]]s advise reciting a certain number of mantras for the different phases of the practice, such as the [[four stages of approach and accomplishment]]). This is why Buddhist practitioners today use the word ‘recitation’ or talk about ‘doing accumulation’ when referring to the ‘nyenpa’.
  
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See also ''[[drubpa]]'' and ''[[léjor]]''.
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Latest revision as of 04:16, 15 June 2017

Nyenpa (Tib. བསྙེན་པ་, Wyl. bsnyen pa) — the first phase of sadhana practice. The word nyenpa in Tibetan implies 'familiarization', 'associating with', or 'approaching', and is often translated as 'approach'. Khenpo Chemchok explains that "this phase of the practice is called nyenpa, or ‘approach’, because it brings the deity’s wisdom mind into your mind, through your becoming intimately familiar with the deity."

Kyabje Sakya Trizin and Alak Zenkar Rinpoche explain that: in the past, the approach practice mainly involved focusing on the visualization of the deity during the session, and the mantra was recited in between sessions. However nowadays mantra recitation is the standard practice to measure deity meditation (most of our sadhanas advise reciting a certain number of mantras for the different phases of the practice, such as the four stages of approach and accomplishment). This is why Buddhist practitioners today use the word ‘recitation’ or talk about ‘doing accumulation’ when referring to the ‘nyenpa’.

See also drubpa and léjor.