Guru yoga is a practice in Tibetan Buddhism that takes the form of visualizing one's "guru" while reciting prayers and mantras. This practice is typically presented as part of the preliminary practices (ngondro) that are done as preparation for more advanced tantric practices.
The "guru" is typically visualized in the form of an enlightened deity, such as Guru Rinpoche. This visualized image can be understood on several levels. On one level it is understood as the enlightened qualities of one's guru (the guru's buddha nature). On a deeper level the visualized image is said to represent one's own enlightened qualities.
- Berzin, Alexander (2019). "Theory and Practice of Guru Yoga". Study Buddhism. Retrieved 2021-09-17.