On the 10th and 25th of the month (1.5 hours)
The practice of relying upon a Spiritual Guide, or ‘Guru Yoga’, is the root of the spiritual path and the foundation of all spiritual attainments.
Offering to the Spiritual Guide is a special Guru Yoga of Je Tsongkhapa. The main practice is developing a special view of our Spiritual Guide as the wisdom Buddha Je Tsongkhapa, and making offerings, praises and requests to him. Because Je Tsongkhapa has qualities of compassion, wisdom and spiritual power, by relying upon him these same qualities in us naturally increase.
This practice includes beautiful and inspiring verses on the stages of the path (Lamrim), training the mind (Lojong), and the generation and completion stages of Highest Yoga Tantra. It also includes a tsog offering – offerings of food and drink that are enjoyed by everyone after the prayers.
The prayer booklet available from Tharpa Publications is called Offering to the Spiritual Guide.