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
This is the last part of the fivefold path of mahamudra.
“Dedicate without the interruption of other thoughts. If you wish to benefit and bring happiness to the migrators, dedicate with love, compassion, and bodhicitta. If you wish to pacify the outer and inner obstacles and accomplish the activities of the Secret Mantra, dedicate by seeing yourself in the form of the yidam deity. If you wish to appease and be accepted by the guru, and achieve his excellent qualities, then dedicate with in the state of devotion to him. If you wish to progress in the realization, experience, and inseparability of meditation and post-meditation, then dedicate within the equipoise of mahamudra. Thus, say, “May I and all sentient beings achieve unsurpassable, perfect, complete enlightenment.” If you seal the dedication in this way, you will accomplish according to this dedication.” Continue reading
(Editor’s note: These notes were taken a couple weeks ago at a teaching by the Great Abbot of the Drikung Kagyu, Khenchen Konchog Gyaltshen Rinpoche, on the Drigung (sometimes spelled “Drikung”) Kagyu Fivefold Path of Mahamudra. This text is one of the defining text of the lineage, and the teaching was very dense. So, I am putting this up section by section as I get the notes edited, so anyone reading can digest each part instead of reading them all the way through. Quotes from the text are in blue. – JTR/LWWD)
Introduction: Setting intention
…the culture of the defiled nature of samsara. We all share the same thing: a desire for freedom from suffering, to have peace and happiness, co-emergent. We all want this. Reflect on this. We all want peace and happiness. We [in the shrine room; dharma practitioners] are doing nothing special, we are just trying to find peace and happiness. Samsara is very intractable, the defiled emotions are so deeply rooted… So, to face (life on a) day-to-day basis, the dharma teaching is so precious. It gives us an opportunity how to get free from suffering. This is not in some magical way to (get) free from suffering, but in an empirical way. Everyone has the opportunity, if we have interest. So to have this interest, to be here like this, and go through step-by-step is so precious. Continue reading