Nyama asked, “Previously, you depended on a teacher and have practiced, so what arose in your mind?”
Milarepa replied and explained, “Its’ ground basis abides like space, and it is boundless as the sky without center or boundaries. When one is looking at mind, one is practicing, one sees the root of all practice is to realize the two types of bodhicitta.”
We have to see our mind like water that has become dirty. We need to clean that water. As long as we grasp and have concepts, it will be murky water. The mind of the Buddha is like clean water. The mind of the sentient beings is like murky water. Clear water shares the same nature as muddy water. The nature of mind is like space, it is all pervasive, the nature of the mind where all concepts have been liberated is empty and clean like space. This is what needs to be realized in practice. Continue reading
When sleeping, we can’t be mindfulness – It is a little difficult. But when you go to sleep, at that time, if you go to sleep with positive thought, then your whole sleep becomes positive. If we go to sleep with negative thought, then our whole sleep becomes negative. Second, if daily, we keep mindfulness, then it can be experienced in dreams. We can have this happen in dreams – A habitual tendency thorough our daily activity can occur in dreams. If we’re not mindful in day, we can be carefulness in dream. So, two ways we can encourage mindfulness in dreams. Go to sleep with positive thought, and train day-by-day in positive thought and mindfulness.
(excerpt from teaching on Gampopa’s “Precious Garland of the Sublime Path”, May 26, 2012, Tibetan Meditation Center, Frederick, Md.)
I’ve been asked by several newer students to explain my lineage. My path is not exactly the usual “person-curious-about-meditation-comes-into-the-shambhala-center-and-follows-the-curiculum”. Ok, it’s not even CLOSE to ‘normal’.
If I had to describe my stream, it would be Drikung Kagyu-Mindrolling/Nyingma-Shambhala-Karma Kagyu.
You were warned it would be a mouthful! 🙂
To give the short version:
- Soto Zen practitioner – 1995-1997 (sporadically)
- Shambhala practitioner- 1997-present
- Dharma Art practitioner – 1998-present
- Mindrolling lineage practitioner – 1999-present
- Drikung Kagyu practitioner – 2000-present
…and Karma Kagyu mixed in with all the other lineages.