Prostrations

Orgyen Dorje Chang is the refuge image for the Evam Ngondro (shown in video).  The Ngondro practices of some lineages have elaborate refuge trees; for this practice, Orgyen Dorje Chang represents the entire tree, encompassing the Three Jewels (Buddha, Dharma Sangha); Three Roots (Guru, Deva, Dakini); and Three Vajras (Dharmakaya, Samboghakaya, Nirmanakaya).  Orgyen Dorje Chang is inseparable from your own Lama.

Another aspect of the practice is to also visualize your mother to your left, your father to your right, your worst enemy in front of you, and all beings behind you – all doing prostrations along with you.  You can flash visualization from one aspect to the next as you prostrate.  The “worst enemy” may be a long-standing grudge or anyone you’re peeved at that day, and may change day-to-day.    Perhaps a politician you dislike, someone who cut you off in traffic, or someone you’re nursing resentment towards.  We put them in the place of honor, doing prostrations ahead of us.  You should never put yourself in the worst enemy spot.  If we’re honest with ourselves it should not be difficult to find a candidate for worst enemy.

As you do prostrations, visualize the blessings of Orgyen Dorje Chang flow into you, your mother, father, worst enemy and all beings.  When prostrations and the visualization in the text are complete, you and all beings fly up into  Orgyen Dorje Chang’s heart like a great cloud of birds, and Orgyen Dorje Chang dissolves from the outside in, like a puddle of water on asphalt on a hot summer day.

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Common Mistakes

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