guru yoga

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(Skt.). A devotional meditative practice associated with Tibetan Buddhism (see Tibet) in which one's root teacher or guru is identified as the quintessence of all Buddhas. The student then forms an identification with the guru by meditating on his own and the guru's emptiness (śūnyatā) and visualizes himself as of the same fundamental nature. Through this practice it is believed that all the virtuous qualities of a Buddha can rapidly be transmitted to the adept.

Subjects: Buddhism.

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