As vajrayana pracs we are probably going to receive a lot of empowerments over the years but if you have a main yidam practice then you integrate them all into the practice of your main yidam, there's the story illustrating this about Atisha I think it was who came to Tibet and felt he wasn't needed there until he met a lama who had 3 different meditation cushions because he was practicing 4 different levels of tantra with 4 dieties on 4 cushions, Atisha(?) then said he was needed in Tibet after all and explained how one should integrate all into the practice of one.
All dieties have same essence, all sadhanas encapsulate the entire path, and all diety practice is guru yoga because the essence of the diety is the essence of dharmata and ones mind and we integrate with this state, wich is the gurus state.
Since the purpose is integration with this state then integrating with that state fulfills all samayas, wether that be integrating via Dzogchen, mahamudra, the 2 stages, or guru yoga, the medicine is the same, the colors of the pills may be different, but taking the medicine is what matters, not the container of it. To me all practices are guru yoga, even refuge, offerings etc., everything, are all directed at this state. Wich of course is free of extremes, conceptions, and labels. I don't think it matters how one recognizes and integrates with that state, or what one calls it, whatever's clever. Ones inherent state is free of method or attainment.
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The nonexistence of the transcendence of suffering
is what the protector of the world has taught as the transcendence
Knots tied on space
are untied by space itself.
May I never be seperated from perfect masters in all lives,
and delightfully experiencing the magnificent dharma,
completing all qualities of the stages of the paths
may I quickly attain the state of Vajradhara