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𝗙𝗼𝗿𝗴𝗲𝘁 𝗲𝘃𝗲𝗿𝘆 𝘀𝗶𝗴𝗵𝘁, 𝘁𝗼𝘂𝗰𝗵 𝗼𝗿 𝘀𝗼𝘂𝗻𝗱 𝘁𝗵𝗮𝘁 𝗱𝗼𝗲𝘀 𝗻𝗼𝘁 𝘁𝗲𝗮𝗰𝗵 𝘆𝗼𝘂 𝗵𝗼𝘄 𝘁𝗼 𝗯𝗲 𝘄𝗶𝘁𝗵 𝘁𝗵𝗲 𝗱𝗮𝗻𝗰𝗲 𝗼𝗳 𝗹𝗶𝗳𝗲.
With conscientiousness, introspective vigilance, self-restraint, and a sense of dignity, bring your own mind under control.
See the 𝗲𝗾𝘂𝗮𝗹𝗶𝘁𝘆 (non-duality) of praise and blame, approval and disapproval, good and bad reputation...
For they are just like illusions or dreams and have no true existence (i.e. 𝗲𝗺𝗽𝘁𝘆 𝗼𝗳 𝗶𝗻𝗵𝗲𝗿𝗲𝗻𝘁 𝗲𝘅𝗶𝘀𝘁𝗲𝗻𝗰𝗲).
Learn to bear them patiently, as if they were mere echoes,
And sever at its root the mind that clings to an ‘I’ or a self.
With few wants, be content with what you have,
And with gratitude repay any kindness you receive.
As no ordinary being can truly take the measure of another, do not disparage anyone at all.
All phenomena are circumstantial (i.e. dependently co-arisen / 𝗰𝗼-𝗱𝗲𝗽𝗲𝗻𝗱𝗲𝗻𝘁)
And depend entirely on intention. (i.e. 𝗺𝗲𝗿𝗲𝗹𝘆 𝗹𝗮𝗯𝗲𝗹𝗹𝗲𝗱 / 𝗶𝗺𝗽𝘂𝘁𝗲𝗱 𝗯𝘆 𝘁𝗵𝗲 𝗺𝗶𝗻𝗱)
Whatever aspirations people make,
They will gain results accordingly. (i.e. laws of karma)
You might have a hundred or a thousand teachers,
But the one who introduces you to 𝗺𝗶𝗻𝗱'𝘀 𝗻𝗮𝘁𝘂𝗿𝗲 (Ground) is supreme,
Superior in kindness equal to the Buddha which is both inseparable and is the very essence of your own mind,
Is entirely beyond arising, ceasing and remaining
This is what followers of our tradition,
The Great Completion (Dzogchen),
Call 𝗿𝗶𝗴𝗽𝗮, 𝗽𝘂𝗿𝗲 𝗮𝗻𝗱 𝗼𝗽𝗲𝗻 𝗮𝘄𝗮𝗿𝗲𝗻𝗲𝘀𝘀. (i.e. the self-arisen unchanging eternal timeless spaceless limitless pristine Ground -- not many, no tone, not both together, not neither)
The essence of this approach is none other than 𝘁𝗮𝗸𝗶𝗻𝗴 𝗮𝘄𝗮𝗿𝗲𝗻𝗲𝘀𝘀 𝗮𝘀 𝘁𝗵𝗲 𝗽𝗮𝘁𝗵, (i.e. directly abiding in the Ground)
In undistracted, 𝗡𝗢𝗡-𝗠𝗘𝗗𝗜𝗧𝗔𝗧𝗜𝗢𝗡 —
So, without distraction, sustain 𝘁𝗵𝗲 𝗴𝗲𝗻𝘂𝗶𝗻𝗲 𝗻𝗮𝘁𝘂𝗿𝗲 (Ground).
What we call 'stillness and movement inseparable' (i.e. Union stillness <==> movement)
Means that in stillness, which is beyond arising,
There is movement, which is beyond cessation —
Stillness and movement, arising and ceasing, are thus inseparable.
Undistracted awareness is the path of the Victorious,
And distraction is the playground of saṃsāra.
So 𝗺𝗮𝗶𝗻𝘁𝗮𝗶𝗻 𝗮𝘄𝗮𝗿𝗲𝗻𝗲𝘀𝘀 𝘄𝗶𝘁𝗵𝗼𝘂𝘁 𝗱𝗶𝘀𝘁𝗿𝗮𝗰𝘁𝗶𝗼𝗻,
Continuously, both day and night.
The nature of mind is clear light.
Sullying thoughts are to be purified.
𝗕𝘂𝘁 𝗺𝗼𝘃𝗲𝗺𝗲𝗻𝘁 (whatever happen) 𝗺𝘂𝘀𝘁 𝗻𝗲𝗶𝘁𝗵𝗲𝗿 𝗯𝗲 𝗿𝗲𝗷𝗲𝗰𝘁𝗲𝗱 𝗻𝗼𝗿 𝗶𝗻𝗱𝘂𝗹𝗴𝗲𝗱 (accepted).
The stirrings of mind must naturally free themselves. (i.e. self-liberation though direct wisdom)
The source of virtuous action
And avoid sporadic practice.
There is no limit to what could be said,
But now is the time for essential practice,
So may this short explanation
Cause experience and realization to increase just like the full moon in a cloudless sky.
[01. The Madhyamaka Machine about all dharmas: Union of the Two Truths about all dharmas [U2T].]
[02. If we put apparent opposites like ‘opposite-1, opposite-2 ...’ into the Madhyamaka Machine we get: the Union of opposites [Uopp] // the Union of the Two Truths about opposites in general [U2T-opp].]
[03. If we put apparent opposites like ‘the three spheres -- ex. subject / mind, relation / action / awareness, object / phenomena --’ into the Madhyamaka Machine we get: the Union of the three spheres [U3S] // the Union of the Two Truths about the three spheres [U2T-3S].]
[04. If we put apparent opposites like ‘the two truths -- dependent origination / relative functionality and emptiness of inherent existence --’ into the Madhyamaka Machine we get: the Union of the Two Truths about the two truths themselves [U2T-2T].]
[13. If we put apparent opposites like ‘the three stages of becoming -- i. origination / beginning / birth / before / past, ii. duration / middle / life / change / during / present, iii. cessation / ending / death / after / future --’ into the Madhyamaka Machine we get: the Union of the three stages of becoming [Uopp] // the Union of the Two Truths about the three stages of becoming [U2T-3T].]
[20. If we put apparent opposites like ‘the Ground / Basis / Source / Suchness and its spontaneous natural manifestations’ into the Madhyamaka Machine we get: the Union of the Ground and its Manifestations [UGM] // the Union of the Two Truths about the Ground and its Manifestations [U2T-GM].]
Your natural face ~ Padmasambhava
Look into the awakened mind of your own awareness!
It has neither form nor color, neither center nor edge.
At first, it has no origin but is empty.
Next, it has no dwelling place but is empty.
At the end, it has no destination but is empty. (i.e. no real origination, duration, cessation)
This emptiness is not made of anything and is clear and cognizant. (i.e Union of the Two Truth: Union relative functionality / cognizance <==> and emptiness of inherent existence)
When you see this and recognize it, you know 𝘆𝗼𝘂𝗿 𝗻𝗮𝘁𝘂𝗿𝗮𝗹 𝗳𝗮𝗰𝗲.
You understand 𝘁𝗵𝗲 𝗻𝗮𝘁𝘂𝗿𝗲 𝗼𝗳 𝘁𝗵𝗶𝗻𝗴𝘀.
You have then seen the nature of mind,
resolved the basic state of reality and cut through doubts about topics of knowledge.
from the book "Advice from the Lotus-Born"
"In terms of stillness and realisation, do not place a higher emphasis on stillness, for stillness occurs even when you faint, when you are intoxicated, and when you are deep asleep; it is not realisation."
Look into the mirror of your mind ~ Naropa
Naropa, you should strive
For Samsara and Nirvana's unity.
Look into the mirror of your mind (Ground), which is delight eternal,
The mysterious home of the Dakini.
from the book "The Life and Teaching of Naropa"
The Divine Feminine: The Essence of All
In our tradition, we accept that all things come from this beautiful place of sacred vacancy - 𝘁𝗵𝗲 𝗽𝘂𝗿𝗲 𝗽𝗼𝘁𝗲𝗻𝘁𝗶𝗮𝗹 𝗼𝗳 𝗮𝘄𝗮𝗿𝗲𝗻𝗲𝘀𝘀
(i.e. 𝘁𝗵𝗲 𝗰𝗼𝗺𝗽𝗮𝘀𝘀𝗶𝗼𝗻𝗮𝘁𝗲 𝗲𝗻𝗲𝗿𝗴𝘆 𝗼𝗳 𝘁𝗵𝗲 𝗚𝗿𝗼𝘂𝗻𝗱),
symbolically immortalized in Tantric texts as the Mother's womb - the birthplace of unlimited possibility.
Just like a Mother giving birth - all appearances are expressions of the never-ending luminous and creative 𝗱𝗶𝘀𝗽𝗹𝗮𝘆 𝗼𝗳 𝗺𝗶𝗻𝗱 (𝗚𝗿𝗼𝘂𝗻𝗱).
(i.e. 𝗨𝗻𝗶𝗼𝗻 𝗚𝗿𝗼𝘂𝗻𝗱 <==> 𝗮𝗻𝗱 𝗶𝘁𝘀 𝗱𝗶𝘀𝗽𝗹𝗮𝘆)
In Sanskrit, the term is "gotra," it means the essential nature or seed from which all appearances of the world derive. The womb gives rise to all form (display / appearances), and this form is derived from an empty space - seeded with love and compassion (Sanskrit: bodhicitta).
(i.e. from 𝘁𝗵𝗲 𝗰𝗼𝗺𝗽𝗮𝘀𝘀𝗶𝗼𝗻𝗮𝘁𝗲 𝗲𝗻𝗲𝗿𝗴𝘆 𝗼𝗳 𝘁𝗵𝗲 𝗚𝗿𝗼𝘂𝗻𝗱 = 𝘁𝗵𝗲 𝗨𝗻𝗶𝗼𝗻 𝗼𝗳 𝘁𝗵𝗲 𝗧𝘄𝗼 𝗧𝗿𝘂𝘁𝗵𝘀)
Hence, the ultimate nature of all appearances in this world are the beautiful reflections of love and limitless potential which are represented as male and female energy (Sanskrit: Shiva and Shakti). When these two forces are brought together and realized in ecstatic non-dual union this is referred to as awakening and at its highest level - enlightenment.
(i.e. 𝗧𝗵𝗲 𝗚𝗿𝗼𝘂𝗻𝗱 𝗮𝘀 𝘁𝗵𝗲 𝗨𝗻𝗶𝗼𝗻 𝗼𝗳 𝗼𝗽𝗽𝗼𝘀𝗶𝘁𝗲𝘀)
Consequently, in Tantra nothing but the highest respect is given for the energetic potential of the divine feminine and the softness of compassion.
"Like the Buddha, we too should look around us and be observant, because everything in the world is ready to teach us. With even a little intuitive wisdom we will be able to see clearly through the ways of the world. We will come to understand that 𝗲𝘃𝗲𝗿𝘆𝘁𝗵𝗶𝗻𝗴 𝗶𝗻 𝘁𝗵𝗲 𝘄𝗼𝗿𝗹𝗱 𝗶𝘀 𝗮 𝘁𝗲𝗮𝗰𝗵𝗲𝗿.. Trees and vines, for example, can all reveal the true nature of reality. With wisdom there is no need to question anyone, no need to study. We can learn from Nature enough to be enlightened, because everything follows the way of Truth. It does not diverge from Truth".
-- (Ajahn Chah, Forest Sangha Newsletter)
You are not alone (you are surrounded by Reality as it is here & now, the ultimate teacher) ~ Lama Zopa Rinpoche
"You are not alone because all the time there are numberless buddhas and bodhisattvas surrounding you, everywhere loving you, guiding you, that is what they do."
– Lama Zopa Rinpoche
from the book "How to be happy"
Finding your teacher ~ Shunryu Suzuki
Wherever you go you will find your teacher,
as long as you have the eyes to see and the ears to hear.
(you are surrounded by Reality as it is here & now, the ultimate teacher)
– Shunryu Suzuki
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
Into blissful primordial awareness;
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"