15. The four applications are the best method

  • This is the Fifth Slogan/Instruction of Point Three, which consists of six instructions.
  • Point Three is “Transforming Adversity into the Path of Awakening”. 

The four applications referred to are:

  1. Accumulation of merit (Tibetan bsod nams)
  2. Confession (Tibetan bshags pa)
  3. Offerings to obstructing spirits or beings perceived as demons
  4. Offerings to the Dharma Protectors (Sanskrit Dharmapala; Tibetan chos skyong)
Unbaked clay and pigment; overall: 63.5 cm (25 in.). The Cleveland Museum of Art

Dakini Vajravarahi, 1400s. Nepal, 15th century. Unbaked clay and pigment; overall: 63.5 cm (25 in.). The Cleveland Museum of Art