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The Four Foundation Yogas of the Tibetan Buddhist Tantra

by Sangharakshita

Here the four indispensable preparatory practices (mula-yogas) of the Vajrayana devotee are outlined: the Going for Refuge and Prostration practice, the Development of the Bodhichitta practice, the Vajrasattva practice and the offering of the Mandala.

Talk given in 1968.

This talk is part of the series An Introduction to Tibetan Buddhism.

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1. The gateway to the practice of the Tantra (12:18) 
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2. The meaning of 'yoga'; The union of Wisdom and Compassion (4:39) 
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3. The Tantra - synthesis of the three yanas (5:15) 
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4. The four mula yogas from the Nyingmapa tradition (2:05) 
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5. i. Going for refuge and Prostration: visualisation, recitation, prostration (23:20) 
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6. ii. Development of the Bodhichitta: cultivating compassion (10:31) 
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7. iii. The Meditation and Mantra Recitation of Vajrasattva: purification (12:16) 
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8. iv. The Offering of the Mandala: the giving of all to the Buddhas (8:10) 

Total running time: 1:18:34