Guru Yoga

[23] Receiving the Four Empowerments

After presenting the offerings and making your requests, have everyone sit down so that you may receive the four empowerments:

Vase Empowerment

From the body of the lama, arises a stream of nectar,
By filling my body, I receive the empowerment of the vase.

Visualise a white OM streaming forth from the Lama’s forehead and dissolving into your own forehead. Rest the mind for a few moments.

Secret Empowerment

The stream of bodhicitta comes forth from the path of the sky entrance,
By tasting the nectar, I receive the secret empowerment.

Visualise a red AH syllable streaming from the Lama’s throat and dissolving into your own throat. Rest the mind for a few moments.

Wisdom Empowerment

The wisdom consort arises from the body, and is embraced by me,
By giving rise to bliss, consider this as receiving the wisdom empowerment.

Visualise a dark blue HUNG syllable streaming from the Lama’s heart and dissolving into your own heart. Rest the mind for a few moments.

Fourth Empowerment

After the lama melts into light, he dissolves into me.
By becoming inseparable, consider this as receiving the fourth.

Visualise a yellow HOH syllable streaming from the Lama’s navel and dissolving into your own navel.  Establish that while relaxing for a little while in non-thought.

[24] Merging with the Lama

As you recite these verses, visualise that the Lama comes to your crown and dissolve into you.

Resting for a while in a state of effortless spontaneity—
Unmodified, fresh, self-arisen and serene;
The body of the glorious lama and my own body,
Are blessed as the inseparable vajra-body.

May I accomplish whatever is said by the glorious lama and
May our speech become the inseparable vajra-speech.
He who thoroughly grasps the secret treasury of the mind,
Bless me to mix my mind inseparably with yours!

Rest the mind inseparably with the lama’s enlightened mind.

[25] Reciting the Lama’s Name Mantra

After accomplishing all the activities which delight the lama,
Bless me to similarly perform enlightened deeds!

Keeping the crown of the lama on my head,
Holding a vajra and bell in my hands.
Reciting the king of mantras verbally,
May I meditate on union with the mind.

OM AH GURU VAJRADHARA MANJUSHRI PRIYA MATI SARVA SIDDHI HUNG HUNG

Recite this 21, 108 or as many times as you can and then rest the mind for a few moments.