An Ocean of the Ultimate Meaning: Teachings on Mahamudra by Khenchen Thrangu

By Khenchen Thrangu

During this new ebook, Khenchen Thrangu offers an exhaustive observation at the longest and so much entire of the 3 vintage treatises on Mahamudra composed via the sixteenth-century student Wangchuk Dorje, the 9th Karmapa. Khenchen Thrangu's teachings surround the full course of Mahamudra, together with the preliminaries, the most perform, elimination stumbling blocks, and achieving the results of buddhahood—with particular guide in tranquility and perception meditation. this is often the single to be had quantity that offers Khenchen Thrangu's unique observation in this complete textual content.

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The self-knowing of the five sensory consciousnesses are also nonconceptual. What consciousnesses do we use in meditation, such as in shamatha, vipashyana, and creation stage meditation practices? In shamatha meditation, we are making the mind calm and stable. In vipashyana meditation, we are seeing the nature of the mind. In creation stage practice, we meditate on a deity. For all these meditation practices, we use the sixth consciousness rather than any. of the five sensory consciousnesses.

Thus, we need to eliminate dullness in meditation. How do we remedy dullness? The text first provides a visualization. Imagine a four-petaled white lotus in your heart. In the center of that white lotus is a sphere that is completely pure and totally white, bright, shiny, and perfectly round like a very small pea. Imagine this in your heart. Now breathe in and hold the breath for a little while. As you exhale, imagine that this white sphere rises up and exits through the Brahma aperture at the top of your head.

The first one, not to reflect, means not to think about what has occurred in the past. The second, not to think, means not to think about the present. And the third one, not to anticipate, means not to think about the future. So the first three aspects basically mean not to think about the past, the present, or the future. Then Tilopa said not to meditate, meaning not to try to deliberately create a state of emptiness or nothingness or to grasp at meditation as some kind of solid object. " Also, Tilopa said that one should not analyze.

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