By Shechen Gyaltsap IV, Rinchen Dargye, Chökyi Nyima Rinpoche

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At the end of the session, dissolve the field of accumulation along with the offering materials into yourself and settle evenly without holding anything in mind. After-ward, dedicate the merit. During session breaks, you should persevere in the many ways of gathering the accumulations, such as prostrating, circumambulating, and making offerings and donations. A tantra speaks of the benefits of this type of offering: Carrying out the wholesome practice of the maṇḍala is diligence. Removing any bugs and creatures is the best forbearance.

TAKING REFUGE All paths that make good use of the freedoms and advantages originate in the practice of going for refuge. There is a verse that speaks of this: You may have received all the vows Yet, without taking refuge, have none. On a temporary and causal level, our objects of refuge are the Three Jewels in the way that they have manifested in someone else’s stream of being. We go for refuge in these objects since these Three Jewels are able to protect us from the fear of cyclic existence and bring us to the unsurpassed fruition, which is liberation.

Apologizing” is to concede, with sincere regret, that an action was wrong. A true apology should be made in a heartfelt way by first admitting one’s many faults and showing one’s shame and embarrassment. Then, by earnestly confessing, we must ask the person to whom we are apologizing to accept us out of love and so purify us of our negative karma. For this, it is necessary to bring together the four powers, which form a special remedy. These are mentioned in The Sūtra on the Teaching of the Four Principles: Maitreya, when a bodhisattva possesses four principles, he can overcome any misdeeds he has committed and gathered.

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A Practice of Padmasambhava by Shechen Gyaltsap IV, Rinchen Dargye, Chökyi Nyima Rinpoche
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