Essence of Practice

This is the essence of practice:

Pray to your Lama and, while praying,
blend your mind inseparably with your Lama’s wisdom mind.

Having merged inseparably, settle in the state of naturalness, the nature of mind.

To be settled in the state of naturalness, this fresh knowing
Uncontrived and unaltered, is luminous naked awareness.
When thoughts arise within that nature,
Recognize them on arising, and relax within that recognition.
Their arising and liberation occur simultaneously, like a drawing on the water’s surface.

When thoughts do not arise, that is non-meditation free from thoughts.
Emptiness, beyond meditator and object of meditation,
Is called ultimate wisdom present from the beginning.
Give up hope and fear; hold to the natural state of awareness.

Thoughts are delusion; stop following after them.
Hope and fear are obstacles; don’t go to greet them.
If you can rest within the nature that is beyond intellect and activity,
You will definitely discover the dharmakaya in your own heart.

~ Dudjom Rinpoche, Jigdral Yeshe Dorje
Wisdom Nectar
Shambhala Publications
Photo: unknown photographer

Cultivating View and Meditation

Do not meditate to arrive at a conclusion: “That’s it!” If you meditate in that way, it becomes intellectual activity. Here, there is no object of meditation whatsoever nor even an instant of distraction. Distraction from resting in awareness is true delusion. Don’t be distracted!

Whatever thoughts arise, let them arise. Do not follow after them and do not suppress them. If you ask “In that case, what should I do?” whatever objective phenomena arise, whatever appears, do not grasp phenomena’s
appearing aspect as you rest in a fresh state, like a small child looking inside a temple. When all phenomena are left as they are, their appearance is not modified, their color does not change, and their brilliance does not diminish. If you do not spoil phenomena with clinging and grasping thoughts, appearances and awareness will nakedly manifest as empty and luminous wisdom.

However, many teachings considered to be very deep or extremely vast have left individuals of lesser intelligence mystified. If I put my finger on the concise essential meaning, it is this: In the gap between the last
thought’s cessation and the next’s arising, isn’t there a fresh, present knowing (da lta’i shes pa) that has not been modified even in the slightest — luminous, naked awareness? That itself is awareness’s abiding state!

But one does not permanently abide within the nature of reality (de khona). Doesn’t a thought suddenly arise? That is the natural display of awareness. However, if you do not recognize thoughts as soon as they arise, they will naturally spread. This is called “the chain of delusion,” the root of samsara. Simple recognition of thoughts as they arise breaks their flow. Release thoughts within that recognition. When you remain in that state, arising thoughts will all be liberated equally within awareness, the expanse of dharmakaya. This is the main practice in which the view and meditation of Cutting through Solidity (khregs chod) are cultivated as one.

Dudjom Rinpoche
Wisdom Nectar Dudjom Rinpoché’s Heart Advice
The Tsadra Foundation Series
published by Snow Lion Publications
Copyright © 2005 Tsadra Foundation

Photographer: Unknown

 

View, Meditation and Conduct

The realization that all phenomena of samsara and enlightenment are emptiness inseparable from naked awareness is the view. To release present awareness within the spacious natural state and then to sustain the self-liberation of thoughts without grasping is meditation. All post-meditative activity done harmoniously with the Dharma is the conduct. The complete manifestation of that abiding nature is the result.

I, Vajra Jnana, wrote this in response to the nun Jampa Chodron.

 

Wisdom Nectar
Dudjom Rinpoche’s Heart Advice
Photographer: Sonam Famarin

 

About the Photo:
HH Dudjom Rinpoche Kudung Stupa and Throne Seat
at the Shrineroom Pema Osel Ling
~ Santa Cruz Mountains