Serving the Center of the Lineage
Vajra Sangha students at Sukhasiddhi Foundation have received the empowerments (Tib: wangs), reading transmissions (lungs), and oral instructions (tri), and have practiced the core creation and completion stage practices of the Shangpa lineage.
This is usually, but not always, accomplished while participating in one of Sukhasiddhi’s long-term practice programs.
In the Vajra Sangha, participants continue to clarify and stabilize their insights, glimpses and realization. They continue to engage in the advanced practices of the Shangpa lineage, and may also practice some of the advanced practices of the Karma Kagyu lineage. They maintain clear samaya with their primary Vajrayana teacher and Lama Palden. As practice progresses, the obstacles that obscure realization and its stabilization become increasingly subtle. At this stage of practice it is of critical importance to have a close connection with Lama Palden, or your root guru, if that is another lama. It also is of great benefit to establish or enhance connections with the primary lineage holders of the Shangpa Lineage.
At this stage of practice, serving the center, the lineage and all sentient beings becomes more and more essential. The form this service takes widely varies and should be decided upon in consultation with one’s root lama or another Sukhasiddhi lama.
Vajra Sangha Study and Practice
Vajrayana and Mahamudra
Vajra Sangha students have the opportunity to practice, integrate as one’s own and actualize the remaining of the Five Golden Dharmas of the Shangpa, as well as other very important Shangpa practices. This includes:
- Khandro de Nga
- Drolkar (White Tara)
- Niguma and Sukhasiddhi Longlife sadhanas
- Niguma’s Six Yogas
- Gonkar (White Mahakala)
- Demchog Lha Nga
- Tamdrin (Hayagriva)
- Dorje Phurba (Vajra Kilaya)
- Infallible Deathlessness (Chi Me Chug Me)
- The Three Integrations on the Path (Lam Gyer Nam Sum)
- Four Yogas of Mahamudra
- Connate Unio
Yogis and yoginis may also engage with other practices normally done in the three-year retreat such as:
- Milarepa (Guru Yoga and Tsok)