Purifying our world through Highest Yoga Tantra
In Modern Buddhism, Venerable Geshe Kelsang Gyatso Rinpoche says,
‘Tantra, also known as ‘Secret Mantra’ or ‘Vajrayana’, is a special method to purify our world, our self, our enjoyments and our activities; and if we put this method into practice we will very quickly attain enlightenment.
‘Our world does not exist from its own side; like a dream world, it is a mere appearance to our mind. In dreams we can see and touch our dream world, but when we wake up we realize that it was simply a projection of our mind and had no existence outside our mind. In the same way, the world we see when we are awake is simply a projection of our mind and has no existence outside our mind. Milarepa said:
You should know that all appearances are the nature of mind, and mind is the nature of emptiness.
‘Because our world, our self, our enjoyments and our activities are the nature of our mind, when our mind is impure they are impure, and when our mind becomes pure through purification practice they become pure.
‘There are many different levels of purifying our mind. The subtle mistaken appearance of our mind cannot be purified through the practice of Sutra alone; we need to engage in the practice of Highest Yoga Tantra. When we completely purify our mind through Tantric practice, our world, our self, our enjoyments and our activities also become completely pure – this is the state of enlightenment.
‘Attaining enlightenment is therefore very simple; all we need to do is apply effort to purify our mind.
In Week 2 of the Summer Festival we have the opportunity to receive empowerments and commentary to the Highest Yoga Tantra practices of Heruka Body Mandala and Venerable Vajrayogini, the special, blessed quick path to enlightenment of the Kadampa tradition.
In his Sutra teachings Buddha gives us great encouragement to accomplish the ultimate goal of human life. This goal will be accomplished quickly through the practice of Tantra.
Venerable Geshe Kelsang Gyatso Rinpoche