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The Vajrayana is a path centred on cultivating purity of perception. It contains many powerful methods for accumulating merit and wisdom, in order to arrive swiftly at a direct realization of Buddha nature and the nature of reality itself. Through the practices of visualization, mantra recitation and meditation, ordinary perception is transformed into a ‘sacred outlook’, where everything is seen and experienced purely in its true nature.

For Rigpa students, the focus of the Three Roots practice is; the Lama practice of Rigdzin Düpa; the Yidam practice of Yang Nying Pudri, or for some Chimé Phakmé Nyingtik; and the Dakini practice of Yumka Dechen Gyalmo. They can be practised in the Rigpa sangha in special intensive periods of group practice called drupchen or drupchö, and also in structured closed periods of retreats, called nyenpa.