mind, think to yourself, "Whatever happens--whether I am sent to hell, Iexperience happiness or suffering, or experience excellent or terribleconditions--from today forward, I will not ask for the advice of my motherand father, or decide on my own. I shall take refuge in and rely upon theThree Jewels." Offer yourself up. Think that whatever happens (you willbear without doubt).
Then say the Refuge Prayer as much as possible.
(When you have finished) Visualize the refuge tree with great faith andrespect. White, yellow, red, green and blue colored light emanates from thebodies of the objects of refuge, piercing the bodies of yourself and all sentientbeings. This purifies the mental afflictions and habitual tendenciesaccumulated since beginningless time, like the sun shining into a dark holeand cleansing it. After that, imagine yourself and all sentient beingsdissolving into the objects of refuge like a flock of birds startled by aslingshot. The objects of refuge dissolve one into another in order: first, theBuddhas in the front dissolve into Shakyamuni; next the Noble Bodhisattvasto the right dissolve into Avalokitesvara; next the Shravaka and Pratyekasanghas dissolve on the left dissolve into Shariputra. All of these dissolve intothe texts in the back, the Jewel of the Dharma, which dissolve intoPadmasambhava. The surrounding Lamas, Yidams, and Dharma Protectorsaltogether dissolve into Padmasambhava. The Lama, as Padmasambhava,also dissolves inward from the edges, and then disappears into light. Then, donot visualize, but without any mental object rest in meditation. When you"awaken" from that, again see all of existence as the objects of refuge,visualized clearly, and dedicate the merit.(2) When taking the vow of
, visualize the objects of refuge likebefore. (When dissolving the visualization, see the whole mandala dissolveinto light from the outside into the Lama as Padmasambhava) Then,Padmasambhava dissolves into you. Think to yourself that all of the goodqualities and blessings of the objects of refuge have arisen in the vessel of themind, and have enabled you to generate ultimate Bodhichitta.(3) The realization the profound path of, even by those of supreme birth, isimpeded by non-virtue, obscurations, and habitual tendencies that must bepurified. To this end, there is no more profound meditation than to meditateon the
Lama as Vajrasattva
. This is the way to meditate:See yourself in ordinary form, with a thousand-petalled lotus flowersuspended about an arrow's length above the crown of your head. Upon thelotus flower is a full moon. Upon this moon see the white syllable HUNG,which transforms into the glorious Root Lama, treasure of unparalledcompassion, essence of the Buddhas of the three times. Visualize (him) as theSambhogakaya Vajrasattva, white as a snowy mountain lit up by a hundredthousand suns. He has one face and two arms. His right hand grasps the vajraof awareness and emptiness at his heart center. His left hand grasps the bell of