Sunday, March 28, 2021

Praise the Mind - 116

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Praise the mind

“The most advanced technology in the universe is your mind. 

You will never find anything greater.“ 

~ Chamtrul Rinpoche

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i.e. It is our beautiful mind that makes this 'precious human life' so distinct. The only platform in samsara from which we can become fully enlightened. Discard it and you are totally lost.

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Via: https://www.facebook.com/ChamtrulRinpoche/posts/2824421707774267 

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Quotes

Study your mind ~ Milarepa

I study my mind (subject) and therefore all appearances (objects) are my texts. (and the relationship between the two: their 'Interdependence / Union')

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– Milarepa

Via: https://www.facebook.com/JustDharmaQuotes/photos/a.283199241781361/3313345588766696/ 

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Silent mind ~ Lama Yeshe

At certain times, a silent mind is very important, but 'silent' does not mean closed.
The silent mind is an alert, awakened mind; a mind seeking the nature of reality.

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– Lama Yeshe

from the book "The Peaceful Stillness of the Silent Mind: Buddhism, Mind and Meditation"

Via: https://www.facebook.com/JustDharmaQuotes/photos/a.283199241781361/3316680885099833/ 

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Looking at the perceiving mind ~ Thrangu Rinpoche

When there are thoughts, mental images or perceptions, the usual habit is simply to lose control and be caught up in the show.  We continually get absorbed in what is going on, instead of taking a good clear look at the perceiving mind.

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– Thrangu Rinpoche

from the book "Crystal Clear: Practical Advice for Mahamudra Meditators"

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On human intelligence ~ 14th Dalai Lama

Human intelligence is the source of our problems. But it would be foolish to think that the solution is to reduce intelligence. There is only one way out: we must not let our intelligence be guided by negative and harmful emotions. It must be guided only by proper and positive motivation if it is to become marvelously constructive.

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– 14th Dalai Lama

from the book "Imagine All the People: A Conversation with the Dalai Lama on Money, Politics, and Life As It Could Be"

Via: https://www.facebook.com/GelukGems/photos/a.1095292010500357/4347680471928145/ 

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i.e. The solution is to understand how our intelligence works, how our mind works and thus being able to use them without being fooled by them, without becoming slave to their fabrications / creations. Once we have understood & directly realised the true nature of the karmic cycle, then everything is automatically transmuted into nirvana here & now.

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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.

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-- Tulku Thondup 

Via: https://www.facebook.com/TulkuThondup/posts/4125910517431311 

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From the oral commentary by Traleg Kyabgon Rinpoche on:

"THE OCEAN OF CERTAINTY"

- by the Ninth Karmapa, Wangchuk Dorje 

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"The nature of thoughts is dharmakaya. 

The only antidote you need in meditation is non-interference. 

Awareness is attained from the lucidity of mind."

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Maitreyanatha says: 

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The mind does not need to be made more lucid 

Or deliberately put to rest. 

Simply focus on the innate nature of mind 

And you will become liberated through this recognition. 

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Gyalwa Gotsangpa says: 

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When a thought arises in the mind, 

Do not view it as bad. 

If you recognize the nature of thoughts to be emptiness, 

Thoughts are realized as dharmakaya. 

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Gampopa says: 

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Do not think of suppressing thoughts, 

but instead think how wonderful, how beneficial, 

and how indispensable it is to have disturbing thoughts, 

- because without them, 

- how would you recognize the nature of mind? 

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You should not think you have to abandon your thoughts. 

It is just that, up this point, 

- you have not understood the nature of your thoughts. 

- That is the cause of your samsaric condition. 

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If you use the right method, 

- thoughts can reveal the nature of mind, 

- which is the dharmakaya. 

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"For this reason, you should regard your thoughts 

as a useful and indispensable means for realizing the dharmakaya 

and gaining insight into the nature of the mind. 

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Many more quotations of this nature could be used to support the view that disturbing thoughts and negative emotions are not something we deliberately need to abandon; we simply need to understand their nature. 

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It is only that you have not been able to use thoughts as part of your meditation in the past. We learn to use thoughts to attain a meditative state in the methods of the mahamudra teachings. 

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Eyes never look at themselves; they always look outward. In a similar way, our disturbing thoughts have been opaque up to this point. 

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Through the mahamudra method, thoughts become translucent, and when we realize their nature, we will no longer be disturbed by anything that happens in the mind. 

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Whatever arises in the mind, regardless of its content, we will recognize its nature and no longer react to it from either fear or hope. We will simply be able to allow those mental processes to occur and our thoughts and emotions will become self-liberated."

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~  Traleg Kyabgon Rinpoche 

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Excerpts from: "Pith Instructions of Coemergent Wisdom, Entitled the Profound Essence of the Ocean of Certainty" by the Ninth Karmapa, Wangchuk Dorje 

Oral commentary by Traleg Kyabgon Rinpoche 

Published by KTD Publications 335 Meads Mountain Road Woodstock

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These teachings on the Pith Instructions of Co-emergent Wisdom were given by Traleg Kyabgon at E-Vam Buddhist Institute, Melbourne, 1993.

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