Nilasarasvati wrote:That's interesting. My teacher has always been sort of casual and dismissive of which one to use, giving different tsakli and instructions on different occasions. Does anybody know which is used when?
Which what is used when? Different Vajrayogini visualisations in LN ngondro Guru Yoga? Depends on lineage of your lama. If you have both lineages you can do whichever one you like. It really doesn't matter. They are both Vajrayogini and both Yeshe Tsogyal.
I imagine the issue arose because the outer Guru Yoga practice was discovered before the Dechen Gyalmo practice, and some LN lamas thought it would be nice to incorporate Dechen Gyalmo into the outer lama'i nyaljor, but this is just a guess.
As far as tsakli and that goes, I didn't think there was an empowerment for LN outer Guru Yoga. They just give the Rigdzin Dupa empowerment, in my experience, if that.