generation phase

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(Skt., utpatti-krama).

The first phase of meditational practice (sādhana) associated with the anuttara-yoga-tantras in general and especially with the so-called ‘Father Tantras’ such as the Guhyasamāja Tantra. The generation phase involves the use of creative imagination or visualization as a means of personal transformation through which the practitioners either visualize a divine being before them (front generation) or as themselves (self-generation) in order to alter their perception and experience of the appearance aspect of reality.

Subjects: Buddhism.

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