Not accepting not rejecting appearances
"A great meditator can experience everything and view all the impressions of the senses without getting involved and entangled, without making anything up. The point is how we deal with and react to appearances. ...
And Tilopa said to Naropa, 'My son, appearance does not bind you, it's your grasping that binds you.'"
-- Ringu Tulku Rinpoche
💖 Yes! We cannot insist too much on this. There is nothing wrong with appearances (physical, conceptual, mental). It is grasping at them, getting attached to them, becoming slaves to them that is the problem. That includes everything that happens in our head: perception, feelings, thoughts, concepts, ideas, views, teories, analysis, remembering the past, planning the future, appreciating the present ...
The grasping / attachment is wrong because based on ignorance. It is based on the idea that things are inherently existing with inherently existing characteristics / properties / qualities, and in opposition / dualities.
Once this ignorance is transmuted into the wisdom of being fully aware of their true nature & dynamic, then all appearances become pure / perfect / divine here & now.
So, there is nothing to reject / negate / abandon / not-do / remove in general ...
Destroying the seed of cyclic existence ~ Aryadeva
When selflessness is seen in objects,
(i.e. when one understands / realises the emptiness of inherent existence of all appearances)
the seed of cyclic existence is destroyed.
(i.e. then all grasping, attachment, illusions, conditioning, the whole karmic cycle ... are purified / transcended / transmuted into nirvana here & now)
quoted in the book "Emptiness Yoga: The Tibetan Middle Way"
The wheels of merit and wisdom ~ Tilopa
My son Naropa, for phenomena that come from interdependence,
(1st truth -- conventionally dependently co-arisen relatively functional impermanent appearances)
Until you realize all these are unborn,
(2nd truth -- emptiness of inherent existence)
(i.e. View = Union of the Two truths)
You must not separate
From the wheels of merit and wisdom.
(i.e. Path = Union of virtuous methods <==> and wisdom / emptiness)
quoted in the book "The Sole Panacea: A Brief Commentary On The Seven-Line Prayer To Guru Rinpoche That Cures The Suffering Of The Sickness Of Karma And Delusions"
Without intrinsic being ~ Nagarjuna
The nature of the Tathagata (enlightened beings)
Is the nature of this world of beings. (ordinary beings & things & activities)
The Tathagata is without intrinsic being;
This world of beings is without intrinsic being.
(i.e. Both are of the nature of the inconceivable Union of the Two Truths: Union of being conventionally dependently co-arisen relatively functional impermanent appearances, merely labelled / imputed / conceptualised by the mind in dependence of its conditioning / karma (1st truth) <==> and being empty of inherent existence (2nd truth). One truth implies the other (<==>). They are both not existent, not non-existent, not both together, not neither; not different / separate /multiple / dual, not identical / united / one / non-dual, not both together, not neither; not permanent / continuous / eternal, not impermanent / discontinuous / annihilated, not both together, not neither; not pure / perfect, not impure / imperfect, not both together, not neither; etc. Meaning their true nature is beyond all extremes & middle, beyond all conceptual proliferations, beyond all conditioning / karma.)
(i.e. = Union ordinary beings & things <==> Buddha / trikaya.
Union samsara <==> nirvana.
Everything is already equal / pure / perfect / divine here & now. We just need to directly perceive this here & now.)
from the book "The Root Stanzas of the Middle Way: The Mulamadhyamakakarika"
translated by Padmakara Translation Group
This World Is A Sacred Mandala
For a tantric yogi/yogini
the outer world is a sacred mandala circle
and all living beings are divine.
All experiences become transformed into blissful primordial awareness.
All actions become spiritual, regardless of how they conventionally appear.
Every sound that one makes
becomes part of a great cosmic song.
Excerpt from the book :
The Second Dalai Lama:
His Life And Teachings
An Aspiration to the Great Perfection
May we gain conviction in the VIEW
wherein samsara and nirvana are the same.
(i.e. View = Union of the Two Truths, Union of the three spheres, Union of opposites ...)
May we have consummate skill in MEDITATION,
a natural flow unaltered, uncontrived.
(i.e. Meditation = Union samatha <==> vipashyana)
May we bring our ACTION to perfection,
a natural, unintended, spontaneity.
(i.e. Conduct = Union virtuous methods <==> wisdom / emptiness)
May we find the dharmakaya (the inconceivable true nature & dynamic of the Ground / Reality / Primordial awareness / Trikaya),
(i.e. Fruition = Union perfected virtues & wisdoms <==> emptiness)
(i.e. Union view <==> path / method / conduct <==> fruition)
beyond all gaining (acceptation) and rejection.
(i.e. Middle Way free form all extremes & middle: nothing to accept / affirm / seek / do / add in absolute terms, nothing to reject / negate / abandon / not-do / subtract in absolute terms, just conventionally / relatively / inter-subjectively if it helps someone to get closer tho the liberating Truths.)
- Dudjom Rinpoche - Counsels From My Heart - Shambhala Publications
Neither REJECT nor cling (ACCEPT) to words,
Both are wrong; like a ball of fire,
Useful but dangerous.
From Song of Precious Mirror Samadhi,
by Ch'an Master Tung-shan Liang-chieh
Use your thoughts instead of being used by them ~ Mingyur Rinpoche
When you don’t understand the nature and origin of your thoughts, your thoughts use you. When the Buddha recognized the nature of his mind, he reversed the process. He showed us how we use our thoughts instead of being used by them.
– Mingyur Rinpoche
from the book "The Joy of Living: Unlocking the Secret and Science of Happiness"
Hallucinating mind ~ Lama Yeshe
Buddhism is not saying that objects have no beauty whatsoever. They do have beauty. The craving mind, however, projects onto an object something that is beyond the relative level, which has nothing to do with that object. That mind is hallucinating, deluded and holding the wrong entity.
– Lama Yeshe
from the book "The Essence of Tibetan Buddhism: The Three Principal Aspects to the Path and Introduction to Tantra"
Mirror-like attitude ~ 14th Dalai Lama
It is quite difficult to have an experience of Dzogchen, but once you do have that experience, it can be extremely beneficial in dealing with your day to day life, your job, and your career. This is because that kind of experience will give you the ability to prevent yourself from being overwhelmed by circumstances, good or bad. You will not fall into extreme states of mind: you will not get over-excited or depressed. Your attitude toward circumstances and events will be as if you were someone observing the mind, without being drawn away by circumstances.
For example, when you see a reflection of a form in a mirror, the reflection appears within the mirror but it is not projected from within. In the same way, when you confront the situations of life, or deal with others, your attitude too will be mirror-like. Also, when a reflection appears in the mirror, the mirror does not have to go after the object that is reflected: it simply reflects, spontaneously, on the surface. The same with you: since there is no attachment or agitation at having these 'reflections' in your mind, you will feel tremendous ease and relief. You are not preoccupied by what arises in the mind, nor does it cause you any distress. You are free from conceptuality or any form of objectifying. And so it really does help you, in allowing you to be free from being caught up in the play of emotions like hatred, attachment, and the like.
– 14th Dalai Lama
from the book "Dzogchen: The Heart Essence Of The Great Perfection"
Complete openness of mind ~ Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche
When performing the meditation practice one should develop the feeling of opening oneself completely to the whole universe with absolute simplicity and nakedness of mind, ridding oneself of all protecting barriers.
Don't mentally split into two when meditating, one part of the mind (subject) watching the other (object) like a cat watching a mouse. (i.e. Merging subject & object; Union subject <==> object)
One should realize that one does not meditate to go deeply within oneself and withdraw from the world: complete openness of mind is the essential point.
– Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche