When many Westerners look at Tibetan deity practice from the outside, what they see looks devotional, magical or an exotic religious ritual. If someone sees or participates in an initiation without translation or instruction, this impression may be strengthened. If they persevere, a practitioner learns that the Tibetan system of meditation is a highly sophisticated system of mental training. To practice with these Vajrayana figures gives you a creative, imaginative and thorough way to train the mind and open to all its aspects. There are different roads to the door of transcendent wisdom. This is one developed, preserved and practiced for thousands of years in the isolated land of Tibet. Beyond a few individuals, we are the first generation of Westerners who have been allowed to participate in its riches.