Lama Tsongkhapa Guru Yoga (Ganden Lha Gyäma)

By Kyabje Lama Zopa Rinpoche
Tushita Meditation Centre, Dharamsala, India 1986
Ganden Lha Gyäma: The Hundreds of Deities of the Land of Joy
Commentary by Lama Thubten Zopa Rinpoche

This is an edited version of a teaching given by Kyabje Lama Zopa Rinpoche at Tushita Meditation Centre, McLeod Ganj, Dharamsala, India at the end of the Second Enlightenment Experience Celebration in March 1986. The recordings of the teachings were transcribed by Ingeborg and Ven. Ailsa Cameron and checked and edited by Uldis Balodis.

Table of Contents

The subject matter of these teachings has been rearranged and collected under various topics. During the process of rearrangement and editing, material may have been lost and mistakes in interpretation been made — for this the editor apologizes. The material in the chapters titled Mandala Offering, Prostrations and Water Offerings is separate to the seven limb practices within the Ganden Lha Gyäma chapter because it contains detailed instructions for performing the ngön-dro (preliminary) practices.

This transcript was first published by Uldis Balodis and Kopan Monastery in 1990.  For Lama Zopa Rinpoche's oral commentaries of both the Lama Chöpa and Lama Tsongkhapa Guru Yoga, see the Special Commentaries at FPMT Online Learning Center. Download a Chinese version (pdf) translated by Lobsang Dhargyey.

In this transcript, Lama Zopa frequently makes reference to His Holiness the Dalai Lama's Lama Chöpa (Guru Puja) commentary. His Holiness gave this teaching during the Second Enlightenment Experience Celebration — the same event that preceded Lama Zopa's teaching here. His Holiness' teachings are published by Shambala Publications as The Union of Bliss & Emptiness.

Read a biography of Lama Tsongkhapa on our website here.  Also, Rinpoche often refers to the text titled "The Essence of Nectar", and you can find the root text along with Geshe Rabten's commentary in The Essential Nectar, published by Wisdom Publications.

Contents

Motivation
The Benefits
Preliminary Prayers
Seeing the Guru as Buddha
Guru Yoga
Karma
Refuge
     Refuge in the Guru
     Refuge in the Buddha
     Refuge in Dharma
     Refuge in the Sangha
The Preliminary Practices from Jor-chö
     Refuge and bodhicitta
     The four immeasurable thoughts
     Special bodhicitta
     Dharmakaya meditation
     Summary
Ganden Lha Gyäma (Part 1)
     Visualization of the field of merit
     Absorption of the field of merit
     Invocation
     Seven limb practice
          Requesting the merit field to remain
          Prostration
          Offering
Ganden Lha Gyäma (Part 2) - Seven limb practice continued
          Confession
          Rejoicing
          Dedication
     Mandala offering
     Specific requests
     Migtsema - receiving the seven wisdoms
     Requesting
     Requesting the guru to enter oneself
     Dedication
Mandala Offering
Prostration
Water Offerings
Dedication

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