Offering to the Spiritual Guide
10th and 25th day of each month
The special Guru yoga practice of Je Tsongkhapa in conjunction with Highest Yoga Tantra, which also includes all the essential practices of the stages of the path to enlightenment. By relying upon Je Tsongkhapa, our compassion, wisdom, and spiritual power naturally increase. The practice of relying upon a Spiritual Guide, or ‘Guru Yoga’, is the root of the spiritual path and the foundation of all spiritual attainments. Guru yoga is a special method for receiving the blessings of our Spiritual Guide. In Kadampa Buddhism, Guru Yoga is practiced in association with Je Tsongkhapa, an emanation of the Wisdom Buddha Manjushri. Although the main practice is reliance upon the Spiritual Guide, it also includes all the essential practices of the stages of the path (Lamrim) and training the mind (Lojong), as well as both the generation stage and completion stage of Highest Yoga Tantra.
Please note for this practice it is customary to bring a small offering to put on the altar such as fresh fruit, chocolate or flowers.