The bliss of directly abiding in the true mind and its inseparable natural continuous spontaneous unimpeded displays
Quote: Acknowledging all your experience as something ordinary (natural) ~ Mingyur Rinpoche
Wherever you are, whatever you do, it’s essential to acknowledge your experience as something ordinary, the natural expression of your true mind. If you don’t try to stop whatever is going on in your mind, but merely observe it, eventually you’ll begin to feel a tremendous sense of relaxation, a vast sense of openness within your mind – which is in fact the natural mind, the naturally unperturbed background against which various thoughts come and go.
– Mingyur Rinpoche
from the book "The Joy of Living: Unlocking the Secret and Science of Happiness"
Wherever you are, whatever you do, it’s essential to 𝗮𝗰𝗸𝗻𝗼𝘄𝗹𝗲𝗱𝗴𝗲 𝘆𝗼𝘂𝗿 𝗲𝘅𝗽𝗲𝗿𝗶𝗲𝗻𝗰𝗲 𝗮𝘀 something ordinary (normal / natural / spontaneous / pure), 𝘁𝗵𝗲 𝗻𝗮𝘁𝘂𝗿𝗮𝗹 𝗲𝘅𝗽𝗿𝗲𝘀𝘀𝗶𝗼𝗻 𝗼𝗳 𝘆𝗼𝘂𝗿 𝘁𝗿𝘂𝗲 𝗺𝗶𝗻𝗱.
(i.e. Union true mind & its natural expressions / displays; U̲n̲i̲o̲n̲ ̲n̲a̲k̲e̲d̲ ̲a̲w̲a̲r̲e̲n̲es̲s̲ ̲&̲ ̲c̲o̲n̲c̲e̲p̲t̲u̲a̲l̲ ̲m̲i̲n̲d̲. The true mind and its natural spontaneous displays/fabrications are inseparable, interdependent, co-defined, co-relative, co-dependent, co-emergent, co-evolving, co-ceasing / co-transcended, in harmony... <==> thus both empty of inherent existence; both equal / pure / perfect / divine here & now.)
If you 𝗱𝗼𝗻’𝘁 𝘁𝗿𝘆 𝘁𝗼 𝘀𝘁𝗼𝗽 𝘄𝗵𝗮𝘁𝗲𝘃𝗲𝗿 𝗶𝘀 𝗴𝗼𝗶𝗻𝗴 𝗼𝗻 𝗶𝗻 𝘆𝗼𝘂𝗿 𝗺𝗶𝗻𝗱,
(i.e. the Middle Way free of all extremes & middle: nothing to accept / affirm / seek / do in absolute terms, nothing to reject / negate / abandon / not-do in absolute terms, just conventionally / relatively / inter-subjectively ...)
but 𝗺𝗲𝗿𝗲𝗹𝘆 𝗼𝗯𝘀𝗲𝗿𝘃𝗲 𝗶𝘁.
(i.e. directly learn from it the true nature of Reality, the true nature & dynamic of the mind / subject and its natural fabrications / objects)
eventually 𝘆𝗼𝘂’𝗹𝗹 𝗯𝗲𝗴𝗶𝗻 𝘁𝗼 𝗳𝗲𝗲𝗹 a tremendous sense of relaxation, a vast sense of openness within your mind
– which is in fact 𝘁𝗵𝗲 𝗻𝗮𝘁𝘂𝗿𝗮𝗹 𝗺𝗶𝗻𝗱,
(i.e. you will ultimately directly perceive / realise / abide in the true unconditioned free mind and its inseparable natural functioning / fabrications / displays -- free of all illusions / conditioning / karma --; the primordial mind & its uninterrupted unimpeded continuous spontaneous pure displays / creations / fabrications)
(i.e. Directly realise the true nature & dynamic of the unconditioned free mind, of Reality: Union subject & objects; ex. U̲n̲i̲o̲n̲ ̲e̲m̲p̲t̲y̲-̲c̲o̲g̲n̲i̲z̲a̲n̲c̲e̲ ̲&̲ ̲i̲t̲s̲ ̲e̲m̲p̲t̲y̲-̲t̲h̲o̲u̲g̲h̲t̲s̲: the two are inseparable, interdependent, co-defined, co-relative, co-dependent, co-emergent, co-evolving, co-ceasing / co-transcended, in harmony... <==> thus both empty of inherent existence; both equal / pure / perfect / divine here & now.)
𝘁𝗵𝗲 𝗻𝗮𝘁𝘂𝗿𝗮𝗹𝗹𝘆 𝘂𝗻𝗽𝗲𝗿𝘁𝘂𝗿𝗯𝗲𝗱 𝗯𝗮𝗰𝗸𝗴𝗿𝗼𝘂𝗻𝗱 against which various thoughts come and go.
(i.e. U̲n̲i̲o̲n̲ ̲t̲h̲o̲u̲g̲h̲t̲s̲ ̲&̲ ̲b̲a̲c̲k̲g̲r̲o̲u̲n̲d̲. The background and its natural manifestations (ex. thoughts) are inseparable, interdependent, co-defined, co-relative, co-dependent, co-emergent, co-evolving, co-ceasing / co-transcended, in harmony... <==> thus both empty of inherent existence; both equal / pure / perfect / divine here & now.)
(i.e. In short, it is not about accepting the Ground / True Mind, while rejecting the conceptual mind / thoughts / concepts / dualities. In emptiness, they are both equal, pure, perfect, divine here & now. They are inseparable, in harmony. 𝗧𝗵𝗲 𝗰𝗼𝗻𝗰𝗲𝗽𝘁𝘂𝗮𝗹 𝗱𝘂𝗮𝗹𝗶𝘀𝘁𝗶𝗰 𝗺𝗶𝗻𝗱 𝗶𝘀 𝗮 𝗻𝗮𝘁𝘂𝗿𝗮𝗹 𝗳𝘂𝗻𝗰𝘁𝗶𝗼𝗻 𝗼𝗳 𝘁𝗵𝗲 𝘁𝗿𝘂𝗲 𝗺𝗶𝗻𝗱, 𝗼𝗳 𝘁𝗵𝗲 𝗚𝗿𝗼𝘂𝗻𝗱. It is normal that we co-create all of those concepts, dualities, theories, fabrications (physical, conceptual, mental). Those are parts of Reality's magical dance. They are impure with ignorance, and pure with awareness of their true nature & dynamic. Ignorance & wisdom are also part of the dance.
𝗦𝗮𝗺𝘀𝗮𝗿𝗮 / 𝘀𝘂𝗳𝗳𝗲𝗿𝗶𝗻𝗴 𝗶𝘀 ignoring this and being fooled by appearances; it is not the conceptual dualistic mind, not appearances, not our body speech & mind (5 aggregates), not the conditioning, not the world.
𝗡𝗶𝗿𝘃𝗮𝗻𝗮 / 𝗲𝗻𝗱𝗶𝗻𝗴 𝗼𝗳 𝘀𝘂𝗳𝗳𝗲𝗿𝗶𝗻𝗴 𝗶𝘀 being fully aware of this; it is not rejecting / abandoning our conceptual dualistic mind, or the whole world.
Nirvana is not being fooled by our own fabrications (physical, conceptual, mental; body, speech & mind; 5 aggregates) anymore, not grasping at them, not becoming attached to them, not becoming slaves to them. It is being able to use them as simple tools while being fully aware of their limits, their true nature & dynamics. It is being free from them, not without them. It is participating in the dance of the Universe with our eyes fully open.
For more see: Union samsara & nirvana. Union ignorance & wisdom. Union ordinary beings & buddha. Union of opposites.)
Note: “directly abiding in the true mind and its inseparable natural continuous spontaneous unimpeded displays” is the same as “directly abiding in the true nature of Reality as it is here & now”, or “directly abiding in the inconceivable Union of the Two Truths about the three spheres”. It is always being mindful that the three spheres -- ex.: 1) subject / actor / perceiver / knower / acquirer, 2) relation / action / perception / cognition / acquisition, 3 ) object / result / perceived / known / acquired -- are empty of inherent existence (2nd truth) <==> because inseparable, interdependent, co-defined, co-relative, co-dependent (1st truth), co-emergent, CO-EVOLVING, co-ceasing / co-transcended, in harmony, equal / non-dual / one -- in the non-dual sense of those terms: ex. not different / separate / many / dual, not identical / united / one / non-dual, not both together, not neither; not existent, not completely non-existent, not both together, not neither; not permanent / eternal / continuous, not impermanent / annihilated / discontinuous, not both together, not neither; not this, not non-this, not both together, not neither; beyond all conceptual proliferations, beyond all extremes & middle. By being continuously aware of this fact one cannot be fooled by appearances / conditioning / karma.
So the role of meditation is to become more and more aware of both subject, object, and of their relationship -- not just aware of objects, not just aware of the subject / awareness. We usually are aware of objects (physical, conceptual, mental; external, internal) but very little aware of the subject itself and of its role in the perception / cognition processes and knowledge. We think objects exist by themselves out there, inherently / independently / separately, and have inherent properties / characteristics / qualities; and we just have to discover those objects and their relations / laws. By becoming more and more aware of awareness itself / subject, we gradually realise the true nature & dynamic of the three spheres -- subject, relation / action, object --. The role of meditation is not to hide in a concentration fixed on a pure awareness without objects & activity, or on mere emptiness, but to discover the true nature of Reality, the interrelation between subject & object <==> and their emptiness of inherent existence. One aspect / truth implies the other (<==>); they are themselves both empty of inherent existence <==> because inseparable, interdependent, co-dependent, in harmony … merely labelled / imputed / conceptualised by the mind / subject.
Inspired by: The Two Kinds of Awareness -- Yongey Mingyur Rinpoche
(i.e. Training to develop awareness of both object & subject and their relationship -- not just awareness of external objects, as if existing independently of any subject -- permits to gain more and more freedom from external illusions and to gain more and more serenity)
"𝗦𝗼, 𝗶𝘁’𝘀 𝘁𝗶𝗺𝗲 𝘁𝗼 𝘁𝗮𝗸𝗲 𝗮 𝗯𝗿𝗲𝗮𝘁𝗵 𝗮𝗻𝗱 𝗴𝗲𝘁 𝗯𝗮𝗰𝗸 𝘁𝗼 𝘁𝗵𝗲 𝗯𝘂𝘀𝗶𝗻𝗲𝘀𝘀 𝗼𝗳 𝗮𝘄𝗮𝗸𝗲𝗻𝗶𝗻𝗴, 𝗮𝗻𝗱 𝘁𝗵𝗮𝘁 𝗺𝗲𝗮𝗻𝘀 𝗿𝗲𝗲𝘀𝘁𝗮𝗯𝗹𝗶𝘀𝗵𝗶𝗻𝗴 𝗺𝗲𝗻𝘁𝗮𝗹 𝗲𝗾𝘂𝗮𝗻𝗶𝗺𝗶𝘁𝘆 𝗯𝗲𝘁𝘄𝗲𝗲𝗻 𝗽𝗿𝗶𝗺𝗼𝗿𝗱𝗶𝗮𝗹 𝗮𝘄𝗮𝗿𝗲𝗻𝗲𝘀𝘀 𝗮𝗻𝗱 𝗶𝘁𝘀 𝗲𝗺𝗽𝘁𝘆 𝗲𝗺𝗮𝗻𝗮𝘁𝗶𝗼𝗻𝘀." (i.e. U3S: Union displays / objects & primordial awareness / buddha-nature / subject; U2T: Union appearances / dependent origination / clarity / cognizance & emptiness)
"𝗰𝗼𝗻𝗰𝗲𝗽𝘁𝘂𝗮𝗹 𝗺𝗶𝗻𝗱 𝗮𝗻𝗱 𝗻𝗮𝗸𝗲𝗱 𝗮𝘄𝗮𝗿𝗲𝗻𝗲𝘀𝘀 𝗮𝗿𝗶𝘀𝗲 𝗮𝘀 𝗮 𝗰𝗼-𝗲𝗺𝗲𝗿𝗴𝗲𝗻𝘁 𝘂𝗻𝗶𝘁𝘆" (i.e. U3S: Union displays / objects & primordial awareness / buddha-nature / subject; U2T: Union appearances / dependent origination / clarity / cognizance & emptiness)
Resting the mind in its natural clarity ~ Mingyur Rinpoche
When we meditate in this objectless state, we’re actually resting the mind in its natural clarity, entirely indifferent to the passage of thoughts and emotions. This natural clarity – which is beyond any dualistic grasping of subject and object – is always present for us in the same way that space is always present.
-- Mingyur Rinpoche
Clarity ~ Mingyur Rinpoche
Clarity is always functioning
even when we’re not consciously attentive to it.
-- Mingyur Rinpoche
The assertion “not thinking anything” is a denial of wisdom, the very characteristic of pure discernment. Since the root of pure wisdom is pure discernment, if you reject discernment you are abandoning the wisdom that transcends samsara, as you have cut it from the root.
-- Tulku Thondup, October 2 2020
Naked mind ~ Thrangu Rinpoche
It is said that we must recognize the mind as it is, in other words as completely naked. “Naked” here means that the mind is not covered or obscured by anything (i.e. it is free of all conditioning / karma).
If we can really immerse our self within this original, bare state of mind
(i.e. this primordial awareness is functional but empty, empty but still functional luminous / cognizant; "Clarity is always functioning" -- Mingyur Rinpoche),
we will automatically understand the right view
(i.e. View: the Union of the Two Truths about the three spheres, an inconceivable Union beyond all extremes & middle),
and everything that is not part of the mind will automatically disappear (i.e. they will be self-liberated / transcended; we will be free from them, not necessarily without them).
– Thrangu Rinpoche
from the book "The Life and Teachings of Gampopa"
Let appearance and awareness be indivisible ~ Tulku Urgyen Rinpoche
Do not divide appearances (objects / perceived / known) as being there
and awareness (subject / perceiver / knower) as being here.
Let appearance (displays / objects -- physical, conceptual, mental, internal, external)
and awareness (/ subject) be indivisible. (i.e. U3S: Union displays / objects & primordial awareness / buddha-nature / subject; U2T: Union appearances / dependent origination / clarity / cognizance & emptiness)
-- Tulku Urgyen Rinpoche
from the book Vajra Speech: A Commentary on The Quintessence of Spiritual
A great cosmic song ~ 2nd Dalai Lama
The experience of the tantric yogi is like this:
The outer world is seen as a sacred mandala circle,
And all living beings seen as divine beings.
𝗔𝗹𝗹 𝗲𝘅𝗽𝗲𝗿𝗶𝗲𝗻𝗰𝗲𝘀 𝗯𝗲𝗰𝗼𝗺𝗲 𝘁𝗿𝗮𝗻𝘀𝗳𝗼𝗿𝗺𝗲𝗱 (transmuted by wisdom)
𝗜𝗻𝘁𝗼 𝗯𝗹𝗶𝘀𝘀𝗳𝘂𝗹 𝗽𝗿𝗶𝗺𝗼𝗿𝗱𝗶𝗮𝗹 𝗮𝘄𝗮𝗿𝗲𝗻𝗲𝘀𝘀; (i.e. U3S: Union displays / objects & primordial awareness / buddha-nature / subject; U2T: Union appearances / dependent origination / clarity / cognizance & emptiness)
And all of one’s actions become spiritual,
Regardless of how they conventionally appear.
Every sound that one makes
Becomes part of a great cosmic song.
-- 2nd Dalai Lama
from the book The Second Dalai Lama: His Life And Teachings
The alternation of thoughts ~ Minling Terchen Gyurme Dorje
The alternation of thoughts
Of happiness and suffering, desire and aversion,
𝗜𝘀 𝗻𝗼𝘁𝗵𝗶𝗻𝗴 𝗺𝗼𝗿𝗲 𝘁𝗵𝗮𝗻 𝘁𝗵𝗲 𝗽𝗹𝗮𝘆
𝗢𝗳 𝗹𝘂𝗺𝗶𝗻𝗼𝘂𝘀 𝗲𝗺𝗽𝘁𝗶𝗻𝗲𝘀𝘀 𝗮𝗻𝗱 𝗺𝗶𝗻𝗱. (i.e. U3S: Union displays / objects & primordial awareness / buddha-nature / subject; U2T: Union appearances / dependent origination / clarity / cognizance & emptiness)
Without altering whatever arises,
Look at its nature,
And you will perceive it as great bliss.
-- Minling Terchen Gyurme Dorje
quoted in the book On the Path to Enlightenment: Heart Advice from the Great Tibetan Masters
Yeshe Tsogyal's Retreat Song
𝗘𝘃𝗲𝗿𝘆 𝗮𝗽𝗽𝗲𝗮𝗿𝗮𝗻𝗰𝗲 𝗮𝗻𝗱 𝗲𝘃𝗲𝗿𝘆 𝗲𝘃𝗲𝗻𝘁
𝗔𝗿𝗲 𝘁𝗵𝗲 𝗺𝗶𝗻𝗱’𝘀 𝗺𝗶𝗿𝗮𝗰𝘂𝗹𝗼𝘂𝘀 𝗱𝗶𝘀𝗽𝗹𝗮𝘆. (i.e. U3S: Union displays / objects & primordial awareness / buddha-nature / subject; U2T: Union appearances / dependent origination / clarity / cognizance & emptiness)
In the spacious expanse,
I see nothing to fear.
It is just reflexive radiance
Of mind’s clear light, and nothing else.
Hence there’s no reason to react.
All activity is my adornment.
Therefore, better to rest silently
In meditative absorption.
~ Yeshe Tsogyal
Essence of all our experiences ~ Mingyur Rinpoche
Whatever we experience is in essence an expression
of the fundamentally unlimited potential of our buddhanature. (i.e. U3S: Union displays / objects & primordial awareness / buddha-nature / subject; U2T: Union appearances / dependent origination / clarity / cognizance & emptiness)
– Mingyur Rinpoche
from the book "Joyful Wisdom: Embracing Change and Finding Freedom"
Buddha mind ~ Chögyam Trungpa
The idea of buddha mind is not purely a concept or a theoretical, metaphysical idea. It is something extremely real that we can experience ourselves. In fact, it is the ego that feels that we have an ego. It is ego that tells us, “My ego is bothering me. I feel very self-conscious about having to be me. I feel that I have a tremendous burden in me, and I wonder what the best way to get rid of it is.” Yet all those expressions of restlessness that keep coming out of us are the expression of buddha nature: the expression of our unborn, unobstructed, and non-dwelling nature. (i.e. U3S: Union displays / objects & primordial awareness / buddha-nature / subject; U2T: Union appearances / dependent origination / clarity / cognizance & emptiness)
-- Chögyam Trungpa
from the book Ocean of Dharma: The Everyday Wisdom of Chogyam Trungpa
The display of your own intrinsic nature ~ Longchenpa
In the expanse in which self-knowing rigpa arises spontaneously, free of all grasping, rest and relax, without contrivance or fabrication. Whatever thoughts arise, recognizing their essence, allow them all to be liberated as the display of your own intrinsic nature. (i.e. U3S: Union displays / objects & primordial awareness / buddha-nature / subject; U2T: Union appearances / dependent origination / clarity / cognizance & emptiness)
A Mirror Revealing the Crucial Points: Advice on the Ultimate Meaning
Remaining in the nakedness of ultimate reality ~ Dudjom Rinpoche
Take your stand on the ultimate practice of the heart essence — SAMSARA AND NIRVANA ARE [both] THE [normal] DISPLAY OF [primordial] AWARENESS [or Buddha-nature, or Genuine Emptiness, or Rigpa]. (i.e. U3S: Union displays / objects & primordial awareness / buddha-nature / subject; U2T: Union appearances / dependent origination / clarity / cognizance & emptiness)
Without distraction, without meditation, in a state of natural relaxation, constantly remain in the pure, all-penetrating nakedness of ultimate reality.
– Dudjom Rinpoche
from the book "Counsels from My Heart"
Play of emptiness ~ Mingyur Rinpoche
All thoughts, perceptions, and physical sensations (1st truth -- dependently co-arisen relatively functional impermanent appearances of the body / objects, speech / relations / actions & mind / subjects) are, according to buddhism, momentary expressions of the infinite possibility of emptiness (2nd truth -- emptiness of inherent existence; beyond all conceptualisation, discrimination, causality, matter-energy, space & time). (i.e. U3S: Union displays / objects & primordial awareness / buddha-nature / subject; U2T: Union appearances / dependent origination / clarity / cognizance & emptiness)
– Mingyur Rinpoche
[Union ocean & reflections]
"The basic nature of the natural state (bodhicitta) is the base of all reflections. It is like an ocean; all kinds of reflections can appear in it. Thus the ocean equally reflects all images—the sun, the moon and the stars. That you must know. From the point of view of bodhicitta (the natural tate), you cannot explain the difference between the base, the energy or the reflections. That is because its nature is emptiness (i.e. the natural state) and to emptiness there is no distinction between them. For example, in the ocean itself, the clearness of the water (energy) and the reflections in it are not different from the water—they appear but they are not beyond the water. If you look from the point of view of the reflections (i.e. individual things) there is no contradiction either. From that perspective you can see that the ocean and its clarity and reflections are distinct from one another. However, according to the natural state none of the reflections has a real base. There is no inherent existence in them.”
-- Shardza Tashi Gyaltsen – Heart Drops of Dharmakaya [Commentaries by Lopon Tenzin Namdak] – on ‘The Practice of Trekchö – p 56, Snow Lion Publications
Via: Dharma Samye
In the realm of mind essence ~ Milarepa
Veiled by ignorance,
The minds of man and Buddha
Appear to be different;
Yet in the realm of Mind Essence (with wisdom)
They are both of one taste.
Sometimes they will meet each other
In the great Dharmadhatu.
from the book "The Hundred Thousand Songs Of Milarepa"
Essence of mind ~ Mipham Rinpoche
What we call “essence of mind” is the actual face of unconditioned pure awareness, which is recognised through receiving the guru’s blessings and instructions. If you wonder what this is like,
it is empty in essence, beyond conceptual reference;
it is cognisant by nature, spontaneously present;
and it is all-pervasive and unobstructed in its compassionate energy.
This is the rigpa in which the 𝘁𝗵𝗲 𝘁𝗵𝗿𝗲𝗲 𝗸𝗮𝘆𝗮𝘀 are inseparable.
-- Mipham Rinpoche
from the book Beyond the Ordinary Mind: Dzogchen, Rimé, and the Path of Perfect Wisdom
Bringing an end to suffering ~ Mingyur Rinpoche
To bring an end to suffering, we need to cut through (/ transcend) dualistic habits of perception (ex. duality subject vs. object vs. action) and the illusions that hold them in place —
𝗻𝗼𝘁 𝗯𝘆 𝗳𝗶𝗴𝗵𝘁𝗶𝗻𝗴 𝗼𝗿 𝘀𝘂𝗽𝗽𝗿𝗲𝘀𝘀𝗶𝗻𝗴 𝘁𝗵𝗲𝗺 (not by rejecting / negating / abandoning / not-doing / not-perceiving them),
but 𝗯𝘆 𝗲𝗺𝗯𝗿𝗮𝗰𝗶𝗻𝗴 𝗮𝗻𝗱 𝗲𝘅𝗽𝗹𝗼𝗿𝗶𝗻𝗴 𝘁𝗵𝗲𝗺.
-- Mingyur Rinpoche
from the book Joyful Wisdom: Embracing Change and Finding Freedom
(i.e. Same thing for thoughts in general, and for concepts / words;
-- for all fabrications -- (physical / body, conceptual / speech, mental / mind) x (individual, collective, cosmic). Same thing for any type of conditioning / karma.
That is the Middle Way free from all extremes & middle: nothing to accept in absolute terms, nothing to reject in absolute terms; just conventionally / relatively / inter-subjectively ...
𝗝𝘂𝘀𝘁 𝗱𝗶𝗿𝗲𝗰𝘁𝗹𝘆 𝗿𝗲𝗮𝗹𝗶𝘀𝗶𝗻𝗴 𝘁𝗵𝗲𝗶𝗿 𝘁𝗿𝘂𝗲 𝗻𝗮𝘁𝘂𝗿𝗲 & 𝗱𝘆𝗻𝗮𝗺𝗶𝗰 𝗶𝘀 𝗲𝗻𝗼𝘂𝗴𝗵 to purify them, to get free from them.
Free to use them without grasping, without becoming slave to them, without thinking they are existing inherently, independently, separately, absolutely.)
′′ This variety of thoughts of desire and hate
they have us stranded in the ocean of cyclical existence.
As soon as it is realized that they lack intrinsic nature,
everything turns into a land of gold, my son.
If you meditate on nature as-an-illusion
of phenomena as-an-illusion,
True Buddha as-an-illusion
will happen by the power of devotion."
(interim translation by Lama Trinle Gyamtso)
“This variety of desirous and hateful thoughts
that strands us in the ocean of cyclic existence,
once realized to be without intrinsic nature,
makes everything a golden land, child.
If you meditate on the illusion-like nature
of illusion-like phenomena,
actual illusion-like buddhahood
will occur through the power of devotion.”
Emotions become so-called emotions when they are not accompanied by awareness.
(i.e. With wisdom they are called pure spontaneous displays inseparable from our true nature / primordial awareness.)
~ Dzongsar Khyentse Rinpoche
Afflictive and cognitive obscuration ~ Maitreya
Any thought such as miserliness and so on
Is held to be an afflictive obscuration.
Any thought of ‘subject’, ‘object’ and ‘action’
Is held to be a cognitive obscuration.
Uttaratantra Shastra - V, 14
💖 Nuance: thoughts of ‘subject’, ‘object’ and ‘action’ are so-called cognitive obscuration only when they are not accompanied by awareness; when they are accompanied by ignorance of their true nature & dynamic.
Otherwise, with direct wisdom, they are called pure spontaneous displays inseparable from our true nature / primordial awareness.
So the problem is not the three spheres -- subject, object, action -- but the ignorance, the grasping, the attachment, thinking they are inherently existing, independently separately, in opposition ...
A Buddha can still have thoughts of subject, object, and action, but he is fully aware of their true nature while using them as simple tools; he is not fooled by them; he is free from them, not without them.
"Emotions become so-called emotions when they are not accompanied by awareness. (i.e. with ignorance)" ~ Dzongsar Khyentse Rinpoche
(i.e. With wisdom they are called pure spontaneous displays inseparable from our true nature / primordial awareness.)
"Clarity is a sense of being able to see into the nature of things as though all reality were a landscape lit up on a brilliantly sunny day without clouds. Everything appears distinct and everything makes sense. 𝗘𝘃𝗲𝗻 𝗱𝗶𝘀𝘁𝘂𝗿𝗯𝗶𝗻𝗴 𝘁𝗵𝗼𝘂𝗴𝘁𝗵𝘀 𝗮𝗻𝗱 𝗲𝗺𝗼𝘁𝗶𝗼𝗻𝘀 𝗵𝗮𝘃𝗲 𝘁𝗵𝗲𝗶𝗿 𝗽𝗹𝗮𝗰𝗲 𝗶𝗻 𝘁𝗵𝗶𝘀 𝗯𝗿𝗶𝗹𝗹𝗶𝗮𝗻𝘁 𝗹𝗮𝗻𝗱𝘀𝗰𝗮𝗽𝗲."
"The mind is always moving, always processing new ideas, new perceptions, and new sensations. 𝗧𝗵𝗮𝘁’𝘀 𝗶𝘁𝘀 𝗷𝗼𝗯. Meditation is about learning to work with the mind as it is, not about trying to force it into some sort of Buddhist straitjacket."
"The most important thing is to learn how to rest your mind – to work with it instead of being worked by it."
-- Mingyur Rinpoche
𝗘𝘅𝗽𝗲𝗿𝗶𝗲𝗻𝗰𝗶𝗻𝗴 𝘁𝗵𝗲 𝘂𝗻𝗹𝗶𝗺𝗶𝘁𝗲𝗱 𝗻𝗮𝘁𝘂𝗿𝗲 𝗼𝗳 𝘁𝗵𝗲 𝗺𝗶𝗻𝗱 ~ Mingyur Rinpoche
For most of us, our natural mind or buddha-nature is obscured by the limited self-image created by habitual neuronal patterns - which, in themselves, are 𝘀𝗶𝗺𝗽𝗹𝘆 𝗮 𝗿𝗲𝗳𝗹𝗲𝗰𝘁𝗶𝗼𝗻 𝗼𝗳 𝘁𝗵𝗲 𝘂𝗻𝗹𝗶𝗺𝗶𝘁𝗲𝗱 𝗰𝗮𝗽𝗮𝗰𝗶𝘁𝘆 𝗼𝗳 𝘁𝗵𝗲 𝗺𝗶𝗻𝗱 𝘁𝗼 𝗰𝗿𝗲𝗮𝘁𝗲 𝗮𝗻𝘆 𝗰𝗼𝗻𝗱𝗶𝘁𝗶𝗼𝗻 𝗶𝘁 𝗰𝗵𝗼𝗼𝘀𝗲𝘀.
Natural mind is capable of producing anything, even ignorance of its own nature. In other words, not recognizing natural mind is simply an example of the mind's unlimited capacity to create whatever it wants.
Whenever we feel fear, sadness, jealousy, desire, or any other emotion that contributes to our sense of vulnerability or weakness, we should give ourselves a nice pat on the back. We've just experienced the unlimited nature of the mind.
– Mingyur Rinpoche
from the book "The Joy of Living: Unlocking the Secret and Science of Happiness"
Mindful awareness and mental afflictions ~ Garchen Rinpoche
Milarepa has taught that, in actuality, mindful awareness and mental afflictions - one's own awareness and mental afflictions - are not separate, because mental afflictions and concepts are in the nature of emptiness. If one realizes this through meditation, then one realizes that actually wisdom and mental afflictions are non-distinct.
We talk about the five types of primordial awareness, such as the individually discriminating awareness and so forth, but they all have one essential meaning, which is mindful awareness. This mindful awareness is similar to fire, and the five mental afflictions are like fuel for the fire, the wood. When wood is burned up by the fire, then the wood itself becomes fire, and the fire gets ever stronger. Therefore the mental afflictions are not separate from one's primordial awareness. They are primordial awareness; this is the view of mahamudra.
– Garchen Rinpoche
Secret yogis ~ Nyoshul Khen Rinpoche
Even in this world, and even now, there are said to be many hidden yogis or discreet yogis, called bepay naljor in Tibetan. It means those realized ones who are not generally recognized as great spiritual sages or saints, but have deeply tasted the fruit of enlightenment, and are living it. Perhaps they are anonymously doing their good works here among us right now!
The infinite vast expanse is one’s own inconceivable nature. Who can say who has realized it and who hasn’t? When we travel around the world or experience other dimensions, there are so many beings who have tasted it. We can see it in their behavior, in their countenance, and in stories that are told—not just in the Dzogchen tradition or the Buddhist tradition, but in any tradition, and in our Western world too.
This true nature is so vast and inconceivable that even some birds and animals and beings in other unseen dimensions can be said to have realized it, as in some of the ancient Indian Jataka stories and other teaching tales. It is always said that everything is the self-radiant display of the primordial Buddha Samantabhadra. (i.e. U3S: Union displays / objects & primordial awareness / buddha-nature / subject; U2T: Union appearances / dependent origination / clarity / cognizance & emptiness) There are infinite numbers of Buddhas and infinite numbers of beings. Who can say who is excluded from it?
-- Nyoshul Khen Rinpoche
from the book Natural Great Perfection: Dzogchen Teachings And Vajra Songs
Neither this nor that ~ Saraha
The root of the whole of samsara and nirvana is the nature of mind. To realise it, rest in unstructured ease without meditating on anything. When all that needs to be done is to rest in yourself, it is amazing that you are deluded by seeking elsewhere! Everything is of the primordial nature (i.e. U3S: Union displays / objects & primordial awareness / buddha-nature / subject; U2T: Union appearances / dependent origination / clarity / cognizance & emptiness), without its being this and not that.
quoted in the book A Spacious Path To Freedom: Practical Instructions On The Union Of Mahamudra And Atiyoga
Essential Mahamudra Verses ~ Maitripa
To innermost bliss, I pay homage!
Were I to explain Mahamudra, I would say—
All phenomena (objects)? Your own mind (subject)!
If you look outside for meaning, you’ll get confused.
Phenomena are like a dream, empty of true nature,
And mind (subject) is merely the flux of awareness,
No self nature: just energy flow.
No true nature: just like the sky.
All phenomena (objects) are alike, sky-like. (i.e Union of the Two Truths about the three spheres)
That’s Mahamudra, as we call it.
It doesn’t have an identity to show;
For that reason, the nature of mind
Is itself the very state of Mahamudra
(Which is not made up, and does not change).
If you realize this basic reality
You recognize all that comes up, all that goes on, as Mahamudra,
The all-pervading dharma-body.
Rest in the true nature, free of fabrication.
Meditate without searching for dharma-body—
It is devoid of thought.
If your mind searches, your meditation will be confused.
Because it’s like space (inseparable from the clouds), or like a magical show,
There is neither meditation or non-meditation,
How could you be separate or inseparable?
That’s how a yogi sees it!
Then, aware of all good and bad stuff as the basic (non-dual) reality,
You become liberated.
Neurotic emotions are great awareness, (i.e. U3S: Union displays / objects & primordial awareness / buddha-nature / subject; U2T: Union appearances / dependent origination / clarity / cognizance & emptiness)
They’re to a yogi as trees are to a fire—FUEL!
What are notions of going or staying?
Or, for that matter, “meditating” in solitude?
If you don’t get this,
You free yourself only on the surface.
But if you do get it, what can ever fetter you?
Abide in an undistracted state.
Trying to adjust body and mind won’t produce meditation.
Trying to apply techniques won’t produce meditation either.
See, nothing is ultimately established.
Know what appears to have no intrinsic nature.
(i.e Union of the Two Truths about the three spheres)
Appearances perceived: reality’s realm, self-liberated.
Thought that perceives: spacious awareness, self-liberated.
Non-duality, sameness [of perceiver and perceived]: the dharma-body.
Like a wide stream flowing non-stop,
Whatever the phase, it has meaning
And is forever the awakened state—
Great bliss without samsaric reference.
All phenomena (objects) are empty of intrinsic nature
And the mind (subject) that clings to emptiness dissolves in its own ground.
Freedom from conceptual activity (freedom from fixation, reification, grasping, attachment to any physical, conceptual or mental fabrications; freedom from all conceptual elaborations, fro all extremes & middle)
Is the path of all the Buddhas.
I’ve put together these lines
That they may last for aeons to come.
By this virtue, may all beings without exception
Abide in the great state of Mahamudra.
The Essential Points of Mahamudra, Dzogchen, and the Middle Way ~ Khenpo Tsultrim Rinpoche
Hey, hey, lucky students, diligent, faithful and smart,
Take a look at mind’s nature –
When reference points and signs dissolve in certainty
Don’t strive, strain, or stop, just relax naturally
Look nakedly at the inexpressible –
Mind’s basic nature, bliss and emptiness
Relaxed, at ease, fixation-free,
All that binds is free in bliss-emptiness
Within this clear light, the dharmadhatu,
𝗧𝗮𝗸𝗲 𝗮 𝗹𝗼𝗼𝗸 𝗮𝘁 𝘁𝗵𝗲 𝗽𝗹𝗮𝘆 𝗼𝗳 𝘂𝗻𝗯𝗼𝗿𝗻 𝗺𝗶𝗻𝗱
𝗠𝗶𝗻𝗱’𝘀 𝗽𝗹𝗮𝘆 𝗺𝗮𝗻𝗶𝗳𝗲𝘀𝘁𝘀 𝗮𝘀 𝗮𝗽𝗽𝗲𝗮𝗿𝗮𝗻𝗰𝗲-𝗲𝗺𝗽𝘁𝗶𝗻𝗲𝘀𝘀 (i.e. U3S: Union displays / objects & primordial awareness / buddha-nature / subject; U2T: Union appearances / dependent origination / clarity / cognizance & emptiness)
Pure awareness, from beginningless time,
Naturally present, transcending mind –
Thoughts that this view is best dissolve naturally
When we realize mind’s reality.
𝗧𝗵𝗲𝗻 𝘁𝗶𝗴𝗹𝗲𝘀 𝗼𝗳 𝗹𝗶𝗴𝗵𝘁 𝗮𝗻𝗱 𝗿𝗮𝗶𝗻𝗯𝗼𝘄𝘀 𝗰𝗮𝗻 𝘀𝗵𝗶𝗻𝗲
𝗕𝘂𝘁 𝘀𝗶𝗻𝗰𝗲 𝘄𝗲 𝗱𝗼𝗻’𝘁 𝘁𝗵𝗶𝗻𝗸 𝘁𝗵𝗲𝘆’𝗿𝗲 𝗿𝗲𝗮𝗹, these
dzogchenpas are fine!
-- Khenpo Tsultrim Rinpoche
Suffering is of the Nature of Bliss ~ Khenpo Tsultrim Rinpoche
The Buddha taught many times in the Mahayana sutras that 𝘁𝗵𝗲 𝗳𝗶𝘃𝗲 𝗮𝗴𝗴𝗿𝗲𝗴𝗮𝘁𝗲𝘀 (our body, speech & mind), 𝗮𝗻𝗱 𝘁𝗵𝗲 𝘀𝘂𝗳𝗳𝗲𝗿𝗶𝗻𝗴 𝘁𝗵𝗮𝘁 𝗴𝗼𝗲𝘀 𝗮𝗹𝗼𝗻𝗴 𝘄𝗶𝘁𝗵 𝘁𝗵𝗲𝗺, 𝗮𝗿𝗲 𝗼𝗳 𝘁𝗵𝗲 𝗻𝗮𝘁𝘂𝗿𝗲 𝗼𝗳 𝗼𝗿𝗶𝗴𝗶𝗻𝗮𝗹 𝗮𝗻𝗱 𝗽𝗲𝗿𝗳𝗲𝗰𝘁 𝗽𝘂𝗿𝗶𝘁𝘆. (i.e. U3S: Union displays / objects & primordial awareness / buddha-nature / subject; U2T: Union appearances / dependent origination / clarity / cognizance & emptiness)
There is not the tiniest bit of impurity anywhere within them that needs to be abandoned.
Therefore, Mahayana practitioners do not want to be rid of their samsaric existence, but rather they aspire to take birth in samsara in as many bodies, in as many lifetimes as possible to be of benefit to sentient beings.
In Vajrayana practice, one cultivates the understanding that 𝘁𝗵𝗲 𝗳𝗶𝘃𝗲 𝗮𝗴𝗴𝗿𝗲𝗴𝗮𝘁𝗲𝘀 𝗮𝗿𝗲 𝗼𝗳 𝘁𝗵𝗲 𝗻𝗮𝘁𝘂𝗿𝗲 𝗼𝗳 𝘁𝗵𝗲 𝗳𝗶𝘃𝗲 𝗯𝘂𝗱𝗱𝗵𝗮 𝗳𝗮𝗺𝗶𝗹𝗶𝗲𝘀 𝗮𝗻𝗱 𝘁𝗵𝗮𝘁 𝘀𝘂𝗳𝗳𝗲𝗿𝗶𝗻𝗴 𝗶𝘀 𝗼𝗳 𝘁𝗵𝗲 𝗻𝗮𝘁𝘂𝗿𝗲 𝗼𝗳 𝗯𝗹𝗶𝘀𝘀. Since that is the case, why would one ever want to abandon them? They are of the very essence of enlightenment.
-- Khenpo Tsultrim Rinpoche
from the book The Sun of Wisdom: Teachings on the Noble Nagarjuna's Fundamental Wisdom of the Middle Way
The Song of Natural Awareness ~ 17th Karmapa
Om Swasti Jayentu.
Primordially pure, the expanse of all phenomena is great bliss.
All signs of elaboration stilled, it is spontaneously present.
In that glad realm, where the joyous ambrosia of the three vehicles is found.
May the sun of naturally arising awareness be victorious.
-- 17th Karmapa
from the book Music In The Sky: The Life, Art, And Teachings Of The 17Th Karmapa Ogyen Trinley Dorje
The flow of life appears as a rainbow ~ 7th Dalai Lama
𝗬𝗼𝘂𝗿 𝗺𝗶𝗻𝗱 𝗮𝗯𝘀𝗼𝗿𝗯𝗲𝗱 𝗶𝗻 𝗯𝗹𝗶𝘀𝘀 𝗮𝗻𝗱 𝘃𝗼𝗶𝗱 𝗶𝗻𝘀𝗲𝗽𝗮𝗿𝗮𝗯𝗹𝗲 the flow of life appears as a rainbow. One body endlessly sending forth clouds of emanations to set this world ablaze with joy.
-- 7th Dalai Lama
from the book The Dalai Lama's Secret Temple
The bliss of freedom ~ Chögyam Trungpa
When you drop your unnecessary things, you finally can swoop and fly in vast space. It is so blue, so bright, and so nice, so airy and fresh. You can stretch your wings and breathe the air. You can do anything you want. You have experienced cheerfulness and joy, and finally the bliss of freedom occurs in you. You are like an eagle without its hat, coat, and boots.
– Chögyam Trungpa
from the book "The Tantric Path of Indestructible Wakefulness: The Profound Treasury of the Ocean of Dharma, Volume Three"
From: Nancy Neithercut
No one gets this: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iUuC1515APc
A life of fear: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TFePGzFLGWM
You just never noticed: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I86-VN6o6Xk
One day my prince will come: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qi5H7cclOeQ
Recognize that which experiences ~ Tsoknyi Rinpoche
There are many ways of grasping at the meditative state. Some of you might be so blissful that you feel, ‘Wow, it is so great to feel this. Even if I were to be pricked with a needle right now, it will probably also be a pleasant sensation. It won’t hurt at all.’
According to Dzogchen, it’s perfectly all right to feel blissful. You don’t have to avoid it, but neither should you hold on to it by clinging to or yearning for the feeling of bliss. Instead, recognize that which experiences, and simply allow the bliss to be a reflection in this mirror. Do not fixate upon it at all.
-- Tsoknyi Rinpoche
from the book Carefree Dignity: Discourses on Training in the Nature of Mind
Letting it be without seeking ~ Naropa
When speaking of Mahamudra,
It is not an identity that can be shown.
Therefore the mind’s suchness
Is itself the state of Mahamudra.
It is neither something to be corrected nor transformed,
But when anyone sees and realizes its nature
All that appears and exists is Mahamudra,
The great and all-encompassing Dharmakaya.
Naturally and without contriving, allowed simply to be,
This unimagined Dharmakaya,
Letting it be without seeking is the meditation training.
But to meditate while seeking is deluded mind.
-- Mahasiddha Naropa
From the book Songs of Naropa: Commentaries on Songs of Realization
ENJOYING WITH AWARENESS ~ Namkhai Norbu Rinpoche
If we are spiritual practitioners we feel contempt for samsaric situations; we are not seriously or deeply interested in them. This does not mean that we feel disgust for or reject everything. In our life, all is relative. In our life, not everything is how it should be, nonetheless we continue to live. We accept and integrate the various circumstances of life. This is part of our awareness. To accept everything with awareness is different from being completely attached. Some people have an exaggerated liking for this or that: this is attachment. However, it does not mean that if you are a good practitioner you cannot have likings. You can like and enjoy with awareness. In the samsaric condition, we possess five or six senses, and with the senses we enjoy contact with objects. When we see an object, a flower for example, we may like it. We observe its beauty and smell its fragrance. We enjoy looking and smelling. TO ENJOY WITH AWARENESS MEANS TO KNOW THE REAL NATURE OF THE OBJECT (of the three spheres) AND NOT BECOME ATTACHED TO IT (them). In this way, we enjoy without having negative consequences (without creating bad karma). If we are not aware, we become distracted with our liking for the flower; we want to possess the flower and attempt to have it. Thus, attachment increases, releasing all other emotions, with the ensuing negative karma. In brief, if one is aware and undistracted the enjoyment of the senses does not pose any problem. If one is distracted, enjoyment always bears negative consequences, even if things appear joyful and gratifying. For that reason, the teaching says that all is illusion. When we see a nice object and we become attached, we resemble a moth which, attracted by a flame at night, flies into it, burns, and dies.
-- Namkhai Norbu Rinpoche
from the book Longchenpa's Advice from the Heart
Discovering the True Nature of Mind / Reality:
Résumé about the Ground -- the basis of our Reality:
Realising the Ground free form all extremes - Longchenpa - Parts 1 & 2:
All appearances are parts of the Magical Show, Cosmic Song, Cosmic Dance:
What is permanent, unchanging, self-arisen, uncontrived, true ... in our mind and in all phenomena - pure or impure?:
The true nature of Reality - Trikaya
What we ultimately perceive / realise -- or not --: