A Survey of the Paths of Tibetan Buddhism by Tenzin Gyatso (His Holiness 14th Dalai Lama of Tibet)

By Tenzin Gyatso (His Holiness 14th Dalai Lama of Tibet)

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This is achieved by the empowerment ceremony. Therefore, in the practice of tantra, the guru is very important. Since the guru plays such an important role in the practice of tantra, many tantric texts have outlined the qualifications of a tantric master. The person giving an initiation should be properly qualified. So before we take initiation, it is important to examine whether the guru has these qualifications. It is said that even if it takes twelve years to determine whether the master possesses the right qualifications, you should take the time to do it.

The greatest obstacle to obtaining and maintaining single-pointedness of mind is mental distraction. This includes many different types of mental states, such as mental scattering, but amongst them all the greatest obstacle is mental excitement. This arises when your mind is distracted by a desirable object. In order to overcome and counteract such influences, the meditator is recommended to try to relax the intensity of the meditation, to withdraw the attention from external objects and so on, so that the mind can be calmed down.

Most people consider their performance as a spectacle, a kind of theatrical show. This is a reflection of the sad fact that the tantras are degenerating. I have read in Indian history that one of the factors for the degeneration of tantra and the Buddhist doctrine in India was the excessive proliferation of tantric practices. If a practitioner lacks the basic foundations which are prerequisites for tantric practice, then tantric techniques and meditation may prove to be more harmful than beneficial.

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