By Ñaṅ-ral Ñi-ma-ʼod-zer; Padma Sambhava; Saṅs-rgyas-gliṅ-pa, Gter-ston; Ye-śes-mtsho-rgyal; Erik Pema Kunsang

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The purpose or virtue is to attain complete enlightenment within this very lifetime. Lady Tsogyal asked: Concerning the secret way of taking refuge, in which trainings does one need to practice? Master Padma replied: First there are the three special trainings: 1. Concerning the view possessing realization: You should train in gaining the confidence that there is no buddhahood elsewhere to achieve, since all sentient beings and buddhas have the same basis. You should train in gaining the confidence that appearance and emptiness are inseparable, through realizing that appearances and mind are without difference.

Regarding the duration of time, you should take refuge from the time of having generated bodhicitta in the empowerment ceremony until attaining the state of a vajra holder. Regarding the circumstance, you should take refuge by feeling devotion to the Secret Mantra. As for the purpose or virtues of taking refuge, it has the purpose of making you a suitable vessel for the Secret Mantra and for receiving extraordinary blessings. Lady Tsogyal asked the master: Concerning the innt':r way of taking refuge, which trainings does one need to practice?

The master replied: There are twelve points to the outer training. 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10. 11. 12.. The essence of training in bodhicitta Its divisions Its definition The characteristics of the person The object from whom you take the vow The ceremony for taking it The benefits of the training The reason for training The shortcomings of not training The precepts The dividing line between losing and possessing it The method for repairing it if damaged She asked: How are these points you have described?

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