Four doors of secret mantra practice

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Four doors of secret mantra practice (Tib. གསངས་སྔགས་ཀྱི་སྒོ་བཞི་, sang ngak kyi go shyi, Wyl. gsangs sngags kyi sgo bzhi):

  1. The door of recitation, for genuine visualization
  2. The door of secret mantra, for invoking the wisdom mind
  3. The door of samadhi, for focusing one-pointedly
  4. The door of ritual mudras, for conveying symbolic meaning


Alternatively:

The verbal gate of utterance is to remind of the ultimate.
The secret gate of mantra is to invoke the samayas.
The mental gate of samadhi is to keep one-pointed focus.
The playful gate of mudra is to link gesture with meaning.[1]

References

  1. The Light of Wisdom, Vol. 2, Root text by Padmasambhava and commentary by Jamgön Kongtrül the Great. Published by Shambhala Publications ISBN 962-7341-33-9

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