The Essence of all Paths, Lama’i Naljor or Guru Yoga

Dungse Thinley Norbu Rinpoche

The essence of Kuntuzangpo’s inconceivable object of sublime appearances of skillful means as dharmata is the actual empty nature of great prajna, Kuntuzangmo. Unchanging throughout the three times, this limitless sphere of space, which is the source of the manifesting and gathering of all Buddhas, is not from the path of learning and practice.

This is the enlightened Lama who has attained the non dual union of Vajradhara, which only means the result of Buddha, the Three Kayas. Therefore, the term yoga is not appropriate in this context. It is for those practitioners who have the joy of devotion and diligence to try to achieve the state of the enlightened Lama.

Whatever Dharma is practiced, the subject who is the practitioner is practicing in order to increase and enhance the union of skilfful means, or phenomena, and prajna, or emptiness, which is for the benefit of the practitioner. That is why this is called Yoga.

In a brief way, all yogas are contained in the two yanas: the causal yana, or Mahayana tradition, and the result yana, or Vajrayana tradition. The result yana of Vajrayana is as said in The Lamp of the Three Ways:

Even the understanding of one meaning excels beyond ignorance.

There are many methods, there is no hardship, And it belongs to those with keen faculties. So therefore, Vajrayana surpasses all other vehicles.

Thus, as it says, Vajrayana surpasses the causal vehicle with characteristics in these four ways.

In particular, as our incomparable Lord Buddha Shakyamuni said:

Do not rely on an ordinary individual; rely on Dharma.

Do not rely on the words; rely on their meaning.

Do not rely on relative truth; rely on absolute truth.

Do not rely on consciousness; rely on wisdom.

Thus, this teaching from the glorious voice of Buddha on the four ways of relying completely reveals the meaning of everything, which is the way of taking wisdom as the path and the pinnacle and king of all vehicles.

It is as said in The Precious Treasure of the Supreme Vehicle:

In the aim of the common, conceptual vehicle, even though mind is the basis, path, and result, all of these do not arrive at the meaning. In this vehicle of Vajrayana, wisdom is the basis, path, and result of Buddha, so by establishing wisdom, liberation from samsara is swift.

In other vehicles, although there is hope to attain enlightenment, the basis is the root of samsara, which is ordinary mind. Not only does that path take a long time, but the result is extremely difficult to accomplish because the way of establishing the basis is mistaken.

~ Dungse Thinley Norbu Rinpoche
A Cascading Waterfall of Nectar
Shambhala Publishing 

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