Dharmasri summarizes the essence of Atiyoga: "Atiyoga is a means to liberate the meaning of primordial Buddhahood into its own state, and it is the nature of freedom from abandonments and acceptances and expectations and fears." (2)
The tantras in the Sarma tradition are listed under Kriya (Action),
Charya (Performance), Yoga and Annutarayoga (Highest Yoga Tantra).
Annutarayoga is further divided into Father, Mother and Non-dual tantras,
which respectively focus on method, wisdom of emptiness, and both
(method and wisdom) equally. There are many techniques in the tantras
for purification and transformation; such as in deity yoga, where one
utilizes the practices of visualization, meditative samadhi, mantra and
mudra during the stages of generation and completion. The stage of
generation "ripens" the mental continuum; herein are meditations such as
"taking the three bodies (of the Buddha) as the path". In the stage of
completion, the power of meditative absorption focuses on the yogas of
channeling the "winds" or vital energy of the body to enter, abide and
dissolve into the central channel. As a result, an extremely subtle mind
arises to realize compassion and the wisdom of emptiness.
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