According to the vajrayana view, Guru Yoga is the quintessential practice for attaining liberation. All buddhas became enlightened by following their teacher’s precious instructions. So the Guru is considered even more important than the buddha because without the Guru there is no way to achieve buddhahood. When the Guru’s instructions have penetrated the student’s heart, this is the same as finding a precious wish-fulfilling jewel in your hand. Someone who has received the Guru’s mind transmission has no choice but to attain enlightenment, just as someone falling down a steep mountain totally our of control, has no choice but to fall all the way to the bottom.
The Commentary on the Dudjom Tersar Ngondro
The Preliminary Practice of the New Teasure of Dudjom
by Lama Tharchin Rinpoche
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