Vajrayāna * The Life of Milarepa by Heruka * The Diamond Vehicle * New vehicle that was brought over by Marpa * This vehicle depends on Guru-Disciple relationship and meditations. * There are different kinds of meditative practices * Dream yoga, subtle body yoga, and recognizing nature of one’s own mind. * Deity practice * Visualizations of enlightened deity Buddhas, imagine deity in front of you, imagine yourself as the deity * Mandala’s (Deities Palace)- beautiful artistic representations of where deities live * Chant mantras- vocal element, chant repeated phrase, also spells, they have power and are identified with deities. * Using all three of these meditative practices one incorporates body, speech and mind. This is the holistic practice of turning every part of a person into an enlightened being. * One needs to use all emotions to achieve enlightenment. The students need to meditate and disarm all the negative energy by using goof to dispel the evil. This is why there is an emphasis of training with a Guru to help with this process.
Four Boundless Qualities * Patrul Rinpoche, “Arousing Bodhicitta” * There are four boundless qualities: impartiality (emptiness), love and kindness, compassion, and sympathetic joy. Their purpose to help everyone become liberated * Impartiality= Equanimity v. Justice * Loving kindness other beings to be happy v. danger of romantic love * Compassion feel this for enemies/others, all beings free from suffering * Sympathetic Joy appreciating other’s release from suffering * Patrul Rinpoche’s Arousing Bodhicitta * Impartiality means giving up our hatred for enemies and infatuation with friends and having an even-minded attitude towards all beings, free of attachment to those close to us and aversion of those who are distant * As things are now, we are very attached to those we think of as