Sādhana - visionary imagination of the Buddha as the centre of Dharma practice
In its classic form of a visionary imagination of a Buddha or Bodhisattva, sādhana is a specialised form of meditation practice that emerged in its later Indo-Tibetan form from the early Indian tradition of Buddhānusmrti, which is alluded to in the earliest texts. It is also found extensively in early and late Chinese traditions.
I often use the word sadhana in a broader sense, familiar within Indian culture, to mean the whole of spiritual practice as influenced by the Buddha. In this way it corresponds completely with the 'system of spiritual training' referred to on several other pages here. In this sense, sadhana is simply that training - though there is a strong focus on imagining the Buddha and allowing in the influence of the Buddha.
Some of the material is a little out of date, but will be of use to practitioners.
1. Talks given at Vajraloka and Taraloka 1997-2001
These informal talks were given on Order meditation retreats some years ago and may be inaccurate in places.
1. Everything is an experience recommended
2. The heart is indestructible
3. Visualisation stages and general points
4. How to reflect
5. Connecting with the Buddha
6. The subtle body
7. summary points on sadhana
Zip file of all seven talks (46k, Word 6 format)
2. General Talks on Sadhana
Given before my long retreat in 2001
Visualisation and Insight
Reflections on relative reality, ego identification, the beautiful, rupa/sunyata, existence/non-existence, non-self & unselfishness. recommended
Sadhana in the Western Buddhist Order
Talk to Order members in Birmingham given 2001, roughly – very full, includes much of then current thinking as given in talks 1-7