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Confession of transgressions 6. Making prostrations 7. Guru yoga, merging the mind with the enlightened mind of the guru visualized in front of oneself 8. Offering prayers 9. Receiving blessings However, when I received the Zhang Zhung Nyan Gyud teachings, Lopon Sangye Tenzin maintained that although keeping the Dzogchen teachings secret may have been suitable in ancient times, in our own troubled times it is better to give them more openly and freely (but without lessening their value in this way), or there is the danger that they will die out.

The mountain is surrounded by temples, cities, and parks. Access to Olmo Lungring is gained by the "arrow way," so named because, before visiting Tibet, Tonpa Shenrab shot an arrow and created a passage through the mountain range. Until the seventh century, Zhang Zhung existed as a separate state comprising all of Western Tibet around Mount Kailash and Lake Manasarovar. The capital was Khyunglung Nulkhar, the "Silver Palace of the Garuda Valley," the ruins of which are to be found in Sutlej valley southwest of Mount Kailash.

It is worth noting that there are six, and not nine, grades of practice in the other Tibetan Buddhist schools: Kagyupa, Sakyapa, and Gelugpa, who adhere to the new tradition (gsar ma) of the later translations of the Buddhist canon undertaken during the second spread of Buddhism in Tibet in the tenth and eleventh centuries. The nine Ways of the Buddhists comprise only traditional Buddhist material, and strictly speaking (as Professor Snellgrove has pointed out) the two lower paths, pertaining to Hinayana Buddhism, are practically irrelevant to Tibetan Buddhist religious practices that are grounded in Mahayana Buddhism.

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