Union of Bliss and Emptiness: teachings on the practice of guru yoga
Guru yoga is the force that gives vitality to a serious practitioner's meditation. Combining the essential aspects of the sutra path with the profound tantric techniques that activate the latent spiritual forces within us, it lays the framework of the entire Buddhist path and sets down the guidelines for undertaking a complete form of practice on a daily basis. Tantric meditation depends largely upon inspiration, and this practice taps the inspiration of unbroken lineage.
"What makes his teaching immediately transcend sectarian parameters is his compassion, intelligence, modesty, and wit—that wonderful, unarguable quality of clarity and love that radiates through the Dalai Lama's words…. (He) is practically impish in his delight with inserting little jokes and wisecracks in the midst of his high tantric commentary—little twinkles from the Dharmakaya. Whether one browses, peruses, or studies this text, it's certain some degree of transmission will twinkle its way from the heart of the Dalai Lama into our own precious mental continuums."—Independent Publisher
ABOUT THE AUTHORS
His Holiness the Fourteenth Dalai Lama, Tenzin Gyatso, was born to a peasant family in the Amdo region of northeastern Tibet in 1935, and was recognized at the age of two as the reincarnation of his predecessor, the Thirteenth Dalai Lama. Today, he is considered the world's foremost Buddhist leader. The exiled spiritual head of the Tibetan people and a Nobel Peace Laureate, he is a remarkable Buddhist teacher and scholar. In addition, he has also become a global spiritual leader, whose commitment to peace and nonviolence has been widely recognized, and whose message of universal and individual responsibility has won worldwide admiration and acclaim. He travels extensively, speaking eloquently in favor of ecumenical understanding, kindness and compassion, respect for the environment, and above all, world peace.
Thupten Jinpa holds the Geshe Lharam degree from the Shartse College of Ganden Monastic University and a Ph.D. in Religious Studies from Cambridge University. He has been the principal English-language translator for H.H. the Dalai Lama for nearly two decades and has translated and edited numerous works by the Dalai Lama. He is currently the president of the Institute of Tibetan Classics.
1. Introduction 11
2. Preliminaries 33
3. Visualization of the Merit Field 63
4. Seven-Limbed Practice 93
5. Praise and Requests 117
6. Reviewing the Entire Stages of the Path 139
7. Dissolving the Merit Field 175
8. Dedication 177