Gazing intently into the empty sky, vision ceases; Likewise, when mind gazes into mind itself, The train of discursive and conceptual thought ends And supreme enlightenment is gained. Like the morning mist that dissolves into thin air, Going nowhere but ceasing to be, Waves of conceptualization, all the mind's creation, dissolve, When you behold your mind's true nature.
Pure space has neither colour nor shape And it cannot be stained either black or white; So also, mind's essence is beyond both colour and shape And it cannot be sullied by black or white deeds. The darkness of a thousand aeons is powerless To dim the crystal clarity of the sun's heart; And likewise, aeons of samsara have no power To veil the clear light of the mind's essence.
Although space has been designated "empty", In reality it is inexpressible; Although the nature of mind is called "clear light", Its every ascription is baseless verbal fiction. The mind's original nature is like space; It pervades and embraces all things under the sun. Be still and stay relaxed in genuine ease, Be quiet and let sound reverberate as an echo, Keep your mind silent and watch the ending of all worlds.
Tilopa's Wisdom by Khenchen Thrangu | Penguin Random House Canada
The clear light of Mahamudra cannot be revealed By the canonical scriptures or metaphysical treatises Of the Mantravada, the Paramitas or the Tripitaka; The clear light is veiled by concepts and ideals. By harbouring rigid precepts the true samaya is impaired, But with cessation of mental activity all fixed notions subside; When the swell of the ocean is at one with its peaceful depths, When mind never strays from indeterminate, non-conceptual truth, The unbroken samaya is a lamp lit in spiritual darkness.
Free of intellectual conceits, disavowing dogmatic principles, The truth of every school and scripture is revealed. Absorbed in Mahamudra, you are free from the prison of samsara; Poised in Mahamudra, guilt and negativity are consumed; And as master of Mahamudra you are the light of the Doctrine. The fool in his ignorance, disdaining Mahamudra, Knows nothing but struggle in the flood of samsara. Have compassion for those who suffer constant anxiety! Sick of unrelenting pain and desiring release, adhere to a master, For when his blessing touches your heart, the mind is liberated.
KYE HO! Listen with joy! Investment in samsara is futile; it is the cause of every anxiety.
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Since worldly involvement is pointless, seek the heart of reality! In the transcending of mind's dualities is Supreme vision; In a still and silent mind is Supreme Meditation; In spontaneity is Supreme Activity; And when all hopes and fears have died, the Goal is reached. Beyond all mental images the mind is naturally clear: Follow no path to follow the path of the Buddhas; Employ no technique to gain supreme enlightenment.
KYE MA! Listen with sympathy! With insight into your sorry worldly predicament, Realising that nothing can last, that all is as dreamlike illusion, Meaningless illusion provoking frustration and boredom, Turn around and abandon your mundane pursuits. Cut away involvement with your homeland and friends And meditate alone in a forest or mountain retreat; Exist there in a state of non-meditation And attaining no-attainment, you attain Mahamudra. A tree spreads its branches and puts forth leaves, But when its root is cut its foliage withers; So too, when the root of the mind is severed, The branches of the tree of samsara die A single lamp dispels the darkness of a thousand aeons; Likewise, a single flash of the mind's clear light Erases aeons of karmic conditioning and spiritual blindness.
Just abiding, one is released from the prison of Samsara. Just abiding, all one's karmic impurities are burned away. It is then that you shall be known as a "Lamp of the Teaching". Even the ignorant who understand not Mahamudra, and fools who are lost for a time in Samsara, can be saved if they but rely on a holy Lord guru.
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Through grace adhisthana they may be sure of deliverance. Know all the phenomena of Samsara as worthless; just the cause of attachment and aversion. All created phenomena are without real substance, therefore seek instead the nature of the Ultimate. Non-duality is the King of Views. Resting the mind without flux is the King of Meditations.
Not choosing this or that is the King of Conduct. When there is neither hope nor fear, that is the King of Results. Once you let go of all objects-of-perception, the true nature of the mind shines forth. Not trying to meditate is the supreme path of the Buddha. By the meditation of non-meditation Enlightenment is won. Impermanent is this world. It passes like a mirage or a dream. Even the illusion of its existence is not something that exists. Moved by weariness, abandon worldly pre-occupation. Renounce distinctions of class and race, and meditate alone in forest, mountains and solitary places.
Abide without seeking; loosely remaining in the natural state. By attaining non-attainment, quickly shalt thou reach the state of Mahamudra. If you sever the main root of a living tree, then all the many branches wither and die at once. Cut through kathinaccheda the very root of consciousness, and all mental projections will immediately cease. The darkness of long ages is dispelled instantly by the lighting of a single lamp. One moment's experience of the mind of Clear Light immediately rends the veil of ignorance for ever. That which pertains to consciousness is unable to perceive transcendental Gnosis jnana.
Experiencing the nature of your mind ~ Thrangu Rinpoche
That which pertains to created phenomena is unable to perceive the uncreate Reality. Let the polluted pool of mental activity clear itself. Merely watch the flow, just as it is. Do not engage with appearances as they arise, for Mahamudra is beyond acceptance and rejection. Since the fundamental ground alaya is unborn, it can neither be obscured nor defiled. Just rest in the unborn state, neither meditating nor not-meditating, letting appearances resolve back into Ultimate Reality dharmata.
In being free of the extremes, one attains the King of Views. Entering the vast and deep, one attains the King of Meditations. Not making an effort, one attains the King of Conduct. In non-seeking awareness, one attains the King of Results. At first the yogi feels his mind to be turbulent, like the upper course of a rushing mountain torrent. Then it becomes smooth like the broad river Ganges.
In the end it is like entering the ocean, a child returning to the mother.