Buddhist Philosophy

Managing Sādhana Practice Skillfully

Sādhana Practice

Sādhana practice can be very confusing.  And for many students, learning how to manage sādhana practice is a big issue. Often, we have received a number of empowerments and practices. Sometimes this leads to stress–which practices should we do? We worry about how to keep commitments. Managing practice can create worries that stop us from practicing. Due to these worries, we fall into a common type of laziness.  Because we get confused,  we stop practicing! We also may have received different meditation instructions. But we really need to understand how to integrate all of these teachings.

Here Tulku Migmar gives advice on how we can manage our sādhana practice and our meditation instructions. We do this by combining our practices correctly. He explains that we should not think of all the different practices as separate.

Sādhana Practice: Quality over Quantity!

Thinking about every practice separately focuses on the quantity of practice. What is important is the quality of our practice. We need to understand correctly. We must not think that all the different manifestations have separate essences, blessings, and qualities. Therefore, we should understand that all the Buddhas are the same. With this in mind, then we can practice skillfully.

Sādhana Practice: Ask Questions!

Don’t be shy about asking questions of the lamas, teachers, and senior practitioners. Please use the Samye Discussion groups and forums to pose your various questions. If you are not sure where to post you can always start by posting in the General Discussion forum at https://samyeinstitute.org/study-practice/groups/global-sangha/. Finally, remember that you can respond to any Wisdom Blog post at the bottom of the page!

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5 responses on "Managing Sādhana Practice Skillfully"

  1. Wonderful advice here, thank you Tulku la.

  2. Thank you for the advice Tulku La.

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Suggested Reading

Dudjom Rinpoche, The Nyingma School of Tibetan Buddhism, trans. and ed. by Gyurme Dorje and Matthew Kapstein (Boston: Wisdom Publications, 1991), vol. 1, pages 468–474.

Ngawang Zangpo, Guru Rinpoche: His Life and Times, Ithaca: Snow Lion, 2002.

Nyoshul Khenpo, A Marvelous Garland of Rare Gems: Biographies of Masters of Awareness in the Dzogchen Lineage, trans. Richard Barron (Junction City: Padma Publishing, 2005), pages 41–48.

Padmasambhava, Legend of the Great Stupa, Berkeley: Dharma Publishing, 1973

Padmasambhava & Jamgön Kongtrul, The Light of Wisdom, trans. by Erik Pema Kunsang (Boudhanath: Rangjung Yeshe Publications, 1986-1999), pages 43-47 & Appendix 5.

Taranatha, The Life of Padmasambhava, Shang Shung Edizioni, 2005

Tulku Thondup, Masters of Meditation and Miracles, Shambhala, 1996.

Yeshe Tsogyal, Life and Liberation of Padmasambhava, translated by Kenneth Douglas and Gwendolyn Bays (Emeryville: Dharma Publishing, 1978, republished 2008).

Yeshe Tsogyal, Lotus Born: The Life Story of Padmasambhava, Rangjung Yeshe Publications, 2004.

‘The Life of Guru Padmasambhava’ in A Great Treasure of Blessings, The Tertön Sogyal Trust, 2004.