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Root Guru (Padmakumara) Yoga

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First empty the mind. Next, visualize the Root Guru appearing above your crown and radiating light on everyone present. Chant the Root Guru Heart Mantra 7 times.

Pray to the Root Guru to empower you so that the practice will be auspicious. Visualize your presents, children, relatives, friends, and enemies join this practice.

Wake Up Call: Clap twice, then cross hands and snap thrums and middle fingers.

1. Recite the Purification Mantra

Speech Purification: Om, syo-lee syo-lee, ma-ha syo-lee, syo-syo-lee, so-ha.

Body Purification: Om, syo-do-lee, syo-do-lee, syo-mo-lee, syo-mo-lee, so-ha.

Mind Purification: Om, wa-dzi-la-dam, ho ho hum.

Earth God Mantra: Man sam-man-do, moo-toh-nam, om, doo-loo doo-loo dei-wei, so-ha.

2. Recite the Invocation Mantra

Om ah hum, so-ha. (3 times)

We sincerely invoke:

Namo Root Guru Living Buddha Lian-shen

Namo Great White Padmakumara

Namo Lotus Light Self-Mastery Buddha

Namo the lineage gurus of True Buddha School

( In the place of this note, each local chapter may invoke the Buddhas, Bodhisattvas and Dharma Protectors enshrined at its altar accordingly. When practicing at home, one may invoke the deities present at one’s shrine.)

Namo all Buddha of the Ten Directions and Three Times, all Bodhisattvas.

3. Great Homage Using Visualization


First homage to the Root Guru and all Buddhas in all times and directions (using [[Buddha Shrine] Mudra]]) ( Visualize in the space before and above you the Root Guru, all past lineage gurus, the eight Personal Deities, all Buddhas, Bodhidattvas, and Dharma Protectors.

They appear like multitudes of twinkling stars, pervading the empty space. Touch the bow point third-eye chakra) with the mudra and visualize the Root Guru emitting a white beam of light from his brow point to your brow point.

Touch the throat with the mudra and visualize the Root Guru emitting a red beam of light from his throat to your throat.

Touch the heart with the mudra and visualize the Root Guru emitting a blue beam of light from his heart to your heart.

Touch the brow point again and then release the mudra. Visualize yourself prostrating fully on the floor to pay homage to the Root Guru and Buddhas in all times and directions.)

Second homage to all Bodhisattvas (using Lotus Mudra)

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Employ the mudra and visualize as above to pay homage to all Bodhisattvas and Mahasattvas.

Third homage to all Dharma Protectors ( using Vajra Mudra)

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Employ the mudra and visualize as above to pay homage to all Dharma Protectors.

Fourth half-bow (using Equanimity Mudra)

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Bow and touch mudra against the bow point before releasing the mudra

4. Mandala Offering

Offering Mudra:

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Offering Mudra: Interlace fingers (with hands back to back) so that palms and figers face upwards.

Hook the index finger of the left hand over the middle finger of the right.

Hook the index finger of the right hand over the middle finger of the left.

Press the thrum of the left hand over the little finger of the roght.

Press the thrum of the right hand over the little finger of the left. Manipulate the ring fingers so that the stand vertically, back to back.

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Place the Offering Mudra in front of the chest. After visualization, bring the mudra to touch upon the brow point before release.

Visualization: Visualize the offerings all the altar multiply to first form a row, then multiply again to form a field, and multiply once more to fill all space.

Dedicate this space-filling offering to the Root Guru, past lineage gurus, eight Personal deities of the True Buddha School, all Buddhas in all times and directions, all Bodhisattvas and Mahasattvas, and all Dharma Protectors.

Recite the Offering Verse:

Mount Meru together with the Four continents, sun and moon,

Transforms into precious treasures to offer to the Buddhas,

May the immeasurable merits arisen from these treasures

Quickly remove negative karma to realize Buddhabood.

Xu mi si zhou bing ri yue,

Hua zhu zhen bao gong yang fo.

Zhong zhong zhen qi zhu gong de,

Xiao ye su su zheng pu ti.

Recite the Offering Mandra:

Om, sa-er-wa, da-ta-ga-ta,ee-da-mooh, gu-ru la-na, man-cha-la, kan, nee-lee-yeh, dah-yah-mee.

5. Fourfold Refuge

Visualization: Visualize the Root Guru, all past lineage gurus, all Buddhas, Dharma, and Sanghas merge into a great white light that empowers one.

Recite the fourfold Refuge Mantra:

Namo Guru bei, Namo Buddha ye, Namo Dharma ye, Namo Sangha ye. (3 times)

6. Armor Protection:

Form the Vajra Mudra before the forehead.

Recite the mantra:

Om, bo ru lan ze lee. (7 times)

After recitation, bring the mudra to touch the brow point, then throat, heart, left shoulder, right shoulder, then back to the forehead.

At the moment of releasing the mudra, visualize the Dharma Protector at one’s shrine transform into four bodies that guard one in the front, behind, and to the right and left sides.

7. Recite the High King Avalokitesvara Sutra:

Namo Avalokitesvara Bodhisattva,

Namo Buddhaya,

Namo Dharmaya,

Namo Sanghaya.

An affinity with the Pure Lands opens the Dharma Doors.

By engaging permanence, bliss, identity, and purity, one is blessed with the Dharma.

Namo Maha Prajna Paramita, a great spiritual mantra.

Namo Maha Prajna Paramita, a great wisdom mantra.

Namo Maha Prajna Paramita, a supreme mantra.

Namo Maha Prajna Paramita, an unequaled mantra.

Namo the Pure Light Secret Buddha,

the Dharma Treasury Buddha,

the Tranquil King Buddha with Lion’s Roar and Divine Speed,

the Sumeru Light King Buddha announced by Buddha,

the Dharma Protector Buddha,

the Vajra Treasury Roaming Lion Buddha,

the Precious Victory Buddha,

the Supernatural Power Buddha,

the Medicine Crystal Light King Buddha,

the Universal Light Merit Mountain King Buddha,

the Merit Retaining Jewel King Buddha,

the Seven Past Buddhas,

the Future Thousand Buddhas of this fortunate eon,

the Fifteen Hundred Buddhas,

the Fifteen Thousand Buddhas,

the Five Hundred Flower Victory Buddhas,

the Ten Billion Vajra Treasury Buddhas,

and the Fixed Light Buddha.

The Buddhas of Six Directions:

To the East the Precious Light Moon Palace Venerable Wonderful Voice King Buddha,

To the South the Tree-Root Flower King Buddha,

To the West the Spiritual Power Flower Blazing King Buddha,

To the North the Moon Palace Purity Buddha,

Above, the countless Vigor Jewel Crown Buddhas,

Below, the Tranquil Moon Sound King Buddha.

All the countless Buddhas,

Many Jewels Buddhas,

Shakyamuni Buddha,

Maitreya Buddha,

Akshobhya Buddha,

Amitabha Buddha.

All beings in the Central Realm,

and those in the Pure Lands,

while moving upon the Earth and through the Heavens,

shower limitless compassion upon all beings,

affording them equanimity and peace,

that they might cultivate day and night.

By constantly invoking this sutra,

one is liberated from the suffering of birth and death,

and freed from all the many kinds of suffering.

Namo the great wisdom Avalokitesvara,

the observant Avalokitesvara,

the noble Avalokitesvara,

the expansively-minded Avalokitesvara,

the Medicine King Bodhisattva,

the Supreme Medicine Bodhisattva,

Manjusri Bodhisattva,

Samantabhadra Bodhisattva,

Akasagarbha Bodhisattva,

Ksitigarbha Bodhisattva,

the billions of Clear Cool Treasure Mountain Bodhisattvas,

the Universal Light Venerable King Tathagata Bodhisattva.

Chanting this sutra continually,

the Seven World-Honored Buddhas recite this mantra:

Lee-poh-lee-poh-deh, kyo-ho-kyo-ho-deh,

toh-loh-nee-deh, nee-ah-la-deh,

pee-lee-nee-deh, mo-ho-kya-deh,

jen-len-chen-deh, so-ha. (7 times)

8. Recite the Rebirth Mantra:

Na-mo a-mi-doh-poh-ye, doh-ta-ga-doh-ye, doh-deh-ye-ta, a-mi-lee-dohpoh- pee, a-mi-lee-doh seh-dan-poh-pee, a-mi-lee-doh pek-ga-lan-deh, a-milee- doh pek-ga-lan-doh, ga-mee-nee, ka-ka-nah, zhi-doh-ka-lee, so-ha. (7 times)

9. Invocation of Padmakumara Mudra and Visualization)

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Padmakumara Mudra: Place the right hand before the right side of the chest, with the palm facing outward and fingers together, pointed up. Now bend the thumb and middle fingers so that their tips meet, forming a circle. (This is the Dharma-teaching Mudra)


Place the left hand before the left side of the chest, with the palm facing inward and fingers together, pointed up. Now bend the thumb and index finger so that their tips meet, forming a circle.

Then bend the middle and ring finger in to touch the center of the palm. The small finger remains pointed up. ( This is the Lotus-holding Mudra)

Chant the Invocation Verse:

Lotus is the nature of your Dharmakaya essence.

Your right hand displays the Dharma-teaching Mudra, Your left hand displays the Lotus-holding Mudra.

Your Nirmanakaya manifests in myriad realms.

Celestial garments and exquisite jewels reveal your magnificence.

By merging the lineages of your transmissions,

Taoism, Sutrayana, and Tantrayana.

A supreme and precious teaching was born.

True Buddha Tantric Dharma guides the sentient beings

And liberates all, without omission!

Zi-xing lian-hua fa-xing-sheng

You-shou shou fa zuo chi lian

Hua sheng bian man qian wan jing

Tian yi bao shi miao zhuang yan

De cheng dao xian mi yi sheng

Rong he chuan cheng zui shang zhen

Zhen fo mi fa zhong sheng dao

Pu du qun sheng er wu yu

Visualization: First empty the mind

Chant the Emptiness mantra:

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Om, si-ba-wa, su-da, sa-er-wa, da-er-ma, si-ba-wa, su-do-hang. (3 times)

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(1) Above the expanse of ocean is a strech of clear sunny sky. A moon disc rises from the ocean into the sky. Inside the moon disc is the white Tibetan seed syllablehum” , emitting great white light.

(2) The seed syllable inside the moon disc revolves and transforms into the Root Guru, smiling and sitting majestically on a great white lotus seat.

(3) From the brow point of the Root Guru, a beam of white light shines onto one’s brow’s point. From the throat of the Root Guru, a beam of red light shines onto one’s throat.

From the heart of the Root Guru, a beam of blue light shines onto one’s heart. The three lights of white, red, and blue merge completely into one’s body-mind.

10.Recite the Root Guru (Padmakumara) Heart Mantra

Visualization: Hold mala beads in front of the chest and move each bead with the thumb during chanting. Visualize the left hand transform into a vajra bell and the right hand into a vajra scepter. The mother bead or emblem transforms into the Many Jewels-Buddha’s Stupa and the four “ divider deads” transform into the Four Deva Kings. The tassel transforms into a “lotus hand” while the string threading through the breads transforms into a circle of inherent white light of Vajrasattva. During mantra chanting, when a bead is moved, visualize the Root Guru appear inside the bead and come to the forefront.

Padmakumara Long Mantra:

Om, ah hum, gu-ru-bei-, ah-ha-sa-sa-ma-ha, lian-sheng-si-dhi,hum. ( 108 times)

Or chant Padmakumara Short antra:

Om, Gu-ru, lian-sheng sid-dhi,hum ( 108 times)

11. Nine Cycle of Breathing and Entering Samadhi

Nine Cycle Breathing

(1). Visualize white light enter the right nostril,. Here it becomes red light and descends the right channel to enter the left channel at the dan-tien; then, still as red light, it ascends the left channel to exit the left nostril as dark light.

(2). Visualize white light enter the left nostril. Here it becomes red light and descends the left channel to enter the right channel at the dian-tien; then, still as red light, it ascends the right channel to exit the right nostril as dark light.

(3). Visualize white light simultaneously enter both nostrils, transform into red light, descend down both side channels and enter the central channel at the dian-tien, ascend to the top (crown chakra), then return to dian-tien to enter both side channels, exiting as dark light I both nostrils.

(4). Breathe in through left nostril and out at the right (as in 2)

(5) Breathe in through right nostril and out at the left ( as in 1)

(6) Breathe in and out through both nostrils (as in 3)

(7) Breathe in and out through both nostrils (as in 3)

(8) Breathe in through right nostril and out at the left ( as in 1)

(9) Breathe in through left nostril and out at the right (as in 2)

Entering of the Deity into Oneself (Ru-wo Guan)

(1) Visualize the Deity ( in this practice, Root Guru or Padmakumara) sitting stop one’s crown opening.

(2) Inside one’s body, the lotus located at the central channel at the heart chakra opens up to reveal a moon disc. On the moon disc is the Deity’s seed syllable radiating light.

(3) Visualize the Deity at one’s crown transform into a light pearl the size of a grain of rice.

This light pearl enters through the crown opening to descend down one’s central channel. Upon reaching the heart chakra, the light pearl rests atop the lotus at one’s heart chakra.

(4) The Deity at the heart chakra lotus gradually enlarges until becoming exactly the same size as one. Visualize one becoming the Deity. There is no separation between one and the Deity.

Release of Oneself into the Cosmic Consciousness (Wo-ru Guan)

Visualize oneself as the Deity, ascending the central channel and entering into the Void and merging into the Cosmic Oceam of great light.

Release the self completely by entering and merging with the Void, the Cosmic Consciousness, and the Ocean of Light.

The Cosmic Consciousness is one’s own consciousness.

Both the shrine and the universe are radiating great light. If one is not able to release the self, immediately visualize oneself at the Deity again.

After achieving a clear visualization, release the self and enter the Void again.

This process is known as “alternating cessation with visualization/observation” or “ dual employment of cessation and visualization/observation.”

Breath Counting Method:

Mentally count one’s own inhalation and exhalation until arriving at the “stillness” condition of “no-thought.” Then, release oneself into the Cosmos.

12. Emerging from Samadhi:

The procedure for emerging from Samadhi is a reversal of “ Entering of the deity into Oneself” and “ Release of Oneself into the Cosmic Consciousness” as described in step

11. Visualize oneself emerge from the Void to return to one’s body.

The Deity then contracts to rest upon the heart chakra lotus and transform into a light pearl.

The light pearl ascends the central channel to exit through the crown opening and transforms back into the Deity. One emerges from Samadhi.

13. Chant the Principal Heart Mantras:

Om, ah-mee-deh-wah-she

(Amitabha Buddha Heart Mantra)

Om, mani padme hum

(Avalokitesvara Bodhisattva Heart Mantra)

Om, pun-lah-moh lin-toh-lin, so-ha

(Ksitigarbha Bodhisattva Mantra that removes Fixed Karma)

Om, ha ha ha, wei sam-mo-yeh, so-ha

(Ksitigarbha Bodhisattva Heart Mantra)

Om, dze-lee dzu-lee, zhun-tee, so-ha

(Maha Cundi Bodhisattva Heart Mantra)

Om, jum-bah-lah, chan-lan chah-nah-yeh, so-ha

( Yellow Jambhala Heart Mantra)

Om ah hum, be-dza, gu-ru, beh-ma, sid-dhi, hum, she

(Guru Padmasambahva Heart Mantra)

Om ah hum, gu-ru-bei, ah-ha-sa-sa-ma-ha, lian-sheng sid-dhi-hum]]

(Padmakumara Boddhisattva Heart Mantra)

Deh-yah-tah, om, beh-ka-dzee-yah, beh-ka-dzee-yah, ma-ha beh-ka-dzee-yah, la-dza-sah-mo-kyah-doh-heh, so-ha

(medicine Buddha Heart mantra)

14. Recite the Buddha’s Name:

Namo the 36 trillion 119 thousand and 500 Amitabha Buddhas. (108 times)

Na-mo san-shi-liu-yi yi-shi-yi-wan jiu-qian-wu-bai tong-ming-tong-hao ah-mi-tuo-fo

15. Dedication:

With reverence I practice the yoga of Holy Guru Lian-sheng

The True Buddha School helps all beings

The Padmakumara Mantra delivers one to the Twin Lotus Ponds

Where the Eighteen Lotuses have manifested

Such a supreme and rare secret transmission

I now practice and make a universal offering.

By engendering a deep and sincere vow

May I soon ascend to his Buddha Land


May the Holy Guru bless

And empower me to attain a lotus-birth

May I attain Perfection and Self-mastery

Liberating the self and others to the Buddha Land.

May all who uphold the name of Amitabha Buddha

Be born together in the Pure Land of His Western Paradise

Repaying the Fourfold Generosity from above

And aiding those who suffer in the Three Paths below

Upon seeing the Buddha

May I be liberated from the cycle of birth and the death

And may I develop the qualities of Buddhahood

And thus free all who suffer

I,______ (your name), dedicate the merits of this practice to the Root Guru, May the Root Guru always be healthy, remain in Samsara, never enter Nirvana, and forever turn the Dharma Wheel.

May everyone be healthy, free of hindrances, strong in cultivation, and may all circumstances become auspicious.

May all supplications be completely fulfilled

May hindrances be removed. Wun!

16.Recite the Hundred Syllable Mantra:

Om, be-dza, sah-do sa-ma-ya, ma-nu bah-la-ya, be-dza sah-do deh-nu-pahdeh- cha, zhe-jo mi-bah-wa, soo-do ka-yu mi-bah-wa, soo-poo ka-yu mi-bahwa, an-nu-la-do mi-bah-wa, sa-er-wa, sid-di, mi-bu-la-ya-cha, sa-er-wa, kaer- ma, soo-cha-mi, ji-ta-moo, see-li-yam, gu-ru hum, ha-ha-ha-ha-hoh, bahga- wan, sa-er-wa, da-ta-ga-ta, be-dza, ma-mee mun-cha, be-dzi-ba-wa, ma-ha sa-ma-ya, sah-do-ah, hum, pei. (3 times)

17.Great Homage Using Visualization:

(Same as step 3) 18. Recite the Completion Mantra: Om, bu lin. (3 times)

Om Mani Padme Hum.


Clap twice, then cross hands and snap thumbs and middle fingers.

End of Practice:

May all endeavors be auspicious.