Kadam Morten prepared us for the Highest Yoga Tantra empowerments by guiding meditations on the Three Principal Paths, helping us to generate renunciation, bodhichitta and the correct view of emptiness following the instructions we received from Gen-la Dekyong previous night.
During session breaks every expanse of lawn throughout the Priory was covered with people relaxing, discussing and contemplating. It is heartwarming to be in such a harmonious and happy environment. People who felt like quiet contemplation sat comfortably alone next to large groups chatting – everyone joyful and peaceful.
In the afternoon, we began our spiritual journey into Dakini Land with the Heruka Empowerment Preparation. Gen-la clearly and beautifully guided us through the stages of preparing to enter the mandala and receive the empowerments.
Explaining that the Bodhisattva and Tantric vows are the foundation of Tantric attainments, Gen-la said if we want to make progress we need to give our mind a job to do by training in the intention to keep the commitments purely. This vow makes our life meaningful and with this intention we will be able to directly benefit each and every living being every day and this, she said, is why our commitments are our best friends and the real wishfulfilling jewels.
Gen-la told us how love is the real protector and encouraged us to encourage ourselves to transform our minds and become pure beings. At this Summer Festival with thousands of people practising love it becomes so much easier to imagine a pure world inhabited by pure beings.
At twilight the Temple was a truly magnificent sight, thousands of practitioners wholeheartedly singing protector prayers and making offerings, how wonderful!