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What is Chenrezig practice?
In his great compassion the Buddha also emanated
as Chenrezig, a form of the bodhisattva
Practices such as the Chenrezig and Tara sadhanas can
be approached by someone leading an ordinary life, and
the Chenrezig meditation is uncommon both in the ease
of its performance and the blessing that it bestows.
It too is development stage practice, and regardless
of which yidam is practiced, this practice is important
because in it we work with our attachment to "I" or
"I am." As long as we have the idea "I am my body,"
we cannot obtain Buddhahood. The Vajrayana teaches precise
and skillful methods to transcend or abandon this clinging,
and all of these involve changing one's attachment to
Instead of conceiving of oneself in an ordinary body,
one visualizes oneself as Chenrezig. For example, one
thinks, "I am Chenrezig, my form is that of Chenrezig."
However, one does not think of the deity's body as solid
or material, made of flesh and blood like one's ordinary
body, or made of metal or stone like an idol. One thinks
of it as appearance that is inseparable from emptiness,
like a rainbow or like a reflection in a mirror. Although
the visualization of oneself as Chenrezig is a mental
attitude, it has been said that one's attitude can change
phenomena. This means that if one maintains, over a
period of time, the conviction that one is the deity,
one will eventually become the deity.
Taken from a teaching given by Kalu Rinpoche titled "Following in the Footsteps
of the Great Kagyu Forefathers," given at Karma Triyana
Dharmachakra on the weekend of October 24, 1986. It
was translated by LamaYeshe Gyamtso and edited by Sally
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