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'''Sadhana''' (Skt. ''sādhana''; Tib. ''druptap''; ''sgrub thabs'') — literally ‘means of accomplishment’. In sadhana practice, we learn to develop an enlightened vision of the world by visualizing ourselves as a [[buddha]] or deity, and our surroundings as a pure realm or ‘[[buddha field]]’, while reciting the appropriate [[mantra]]. This process is at first artificial, something which is developed or generated, but the visualizations correspond to the visionary experience of enlightened beings. By adopting these new habits of perception, we can weaken the ordinary habits of gross perception based on ignorance and emotional tendencies, and put ourselves in touch with a more subtle level of experience.
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'''Sadhana''' (Skt. ''sādhana''; Tib. ''druptap''; [[Wyl.]] ''sgrub thabs'') — literally ‘means of accomplishment’. In sadhana practice, we learn to develop an enlightened vision of the world by visualizing ourselves as a [[buddha]] or deity, and our surroundings as a pure realm or ‘[[buddha field]]’, while reciting the appropriate [[mantra]]. This process is at first artificial, something which is developed or generated, but the visualizations correspond to the visionary experience of enlightened beings. By adopting these new habits of perception, we can weaken the ordinary habits of gross perception based on ignorance and emotional tendencies, and put ourselves in touch with a more subtle level of experience.
  
 
==The Prerequisites of Sadhana Practice==
 
==The Prerequisites of Sadhana Practice==
There are three components needed in order to engage in a specific [[sadhana]] practice: the [[empowerment]], the [[oral transmission]] (Tib. ''lung''), and the [[secret instruction]] (Tib. ''tri'') which are all granted or bestowed by a qualified master for each specific practice.  
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There are three components needed in order to engage in a specific sadhana practice: the [[empowerment]] (Tib. ''wang''), the [[oral transmission]] (Tib. ''lung''), and the [[secret instruction]] (Tib. ''tri'') which are all granted or bestowed by a qualified master for each specific practice.  
 
*The empowerment or ''wang'' is to mature or ripen us.<br>  
 
*The empowerment or ''wang'' is to mature or ripen us.<br>  
 
*The oral transmission or ''lung'' is to connect us. <br>  
 
*The oral transmission or ''lung'' is to connect us. <br>  

Revision as of 17:08, 14 March 2010

Sadhana (Skt. sādhana; Tib. druptap; Wyl. sgrub thabs) — literally ‘means of accomplishment’. In sadhana practice, we learn to develop an enlightened vision of the world by visualizing ourselves as a buddha or deity, and our surroundings as a pure realm or ‘buddha field’, while reciting the appropriate mantra. This process is at first artificial, something which is developed or generated, but the visualizations correspond to the visionary experience of enlightened beings. By adopting these new habits of perception, we can weaken the ordinary habits of gross perception based on ignorance and emotional tendencies, and put ourselves in touch with a more subtle level of experience.

The Prerequisites of Sadhana Practice

There are three components needed in order to engage in a specific sadhana practice: the empowerment (Tib. wang), the oral transmission (Tib. lung), and the secret instruction (Tib. tri) which are all granted or bestowed by a qualified master for each specific practice.

  • The empowerment or wang is to mature or ripen us.
  • The oral transmission or lung is to connect us.
  • The secret instruction or tri is to liberate us.

Types of Sadhana

In the sadhanas of the outer tantraskriya tantra, charya tantra or upayoga tantra, and yoga tantra—we invoke the presence of the deity in the sky before us, as in guru yoga. In the sadhanas of the inner tantrasmahayoga, anuyoga, and atiyoga, or the Anuttarayoga Tantra of the Sarma schools—we ourselves arise in the form of the deity.

Sadhanas Practised by the Rigpa Sangha

Practices such as: Riwo Sangchö; Tendrel Nyesel; The Wisdom Mind Practice of One Phurba; Dudjom Rinpoche's The Essential Daily Practice of Vajrakilaya; Rigdzin Düpa; Yang Nying Pudri; and Yumka Dechen Gyalmo are all sadhanas.