#2716 - Wednesday, January 31, 2007 -
Editor: Gloria Lee
"The degree of freedom from unwanted
thoughts and the
degree of concentration on a single thought are
measures to gauge spiritual progress."
"Always aim at complete harmony of thought, word and
Always aim at purifying your thoughts and everything will
- Mahatma Gandhi.
"Zen meditation is not physical
culture, nor is it a method to gain
something material. It is
peacefulness and blessedness itself.
It is the actualization of truth
Practice concentration on an object, sensation,
for 20 minutes twice a day. Merge
and emerge into meditation. In the other
be in a meditative mode. Practice mindfulness
and being empty of
mind. Enquire into "Who am I".
Discriminate between the real and infinite,
the illusionary and temporary. Be dispassionate
as you witness your
ever changing thoughts,
physical sensations, and emotions. Control
breath with pranayama. Chant a mantra/OM. Do
affirmations. Eat, sleep
and drink as your body
needs, not as your tongue, habits, ego or
dictate. Recognize and break free from compulsive
selfless, humble, and compassionate.
Be generous, charitable and quick to
others and yourself. Get over being upset ASAP.
Don't carry anger
or revenge or anything else that
disturbs your peace. Don't rehash the past
fantasize about the future. Do yoga, martial arts
or some physical
activity. Appreciate the freedom
that "Thy will be done" brings to you.
the people, places, and things in your life that
take your peace
away. Spend time in nature. Be
helpful to animals, children and our elders.
scriptures and books of wisdom. Have a sincere
burning desire for
liberation. Be patient. Dedicate
your actions to your divinity. Flow with
and powers as they come and let them go as they go.
Witness and the witnessing in silence.
If a teacher comes to you, learn.
Limitless in the
eternal, finite in the body, don't squander energy
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MAITRIPA'S ESSENTIAL MAHAMUDRA
Translated into English by Nicole Riggs
To innermost bliss, I
Were I to explain Mahamudra, I would say
Your own mind!
If you look outside for meaning, you'll get
Phenomena are like a dream, empty of true nature,
is merely the flux of awareness,
No self nature: just energy flow.
nature: just like the sky.
All phenomena are alike, sky-like.
Mahamudra, as we call it.
It doesn't have an identity to show;
reason, the nature of mind
Is itself the very state of Mahamudra
not made up, and does not change).
If you realize this basic reality
recognize all that comes up, all that goes on,
Rest in the true nature, free of
Meditate without searching for dharma-body
It is devoid of
If your mind searches, your meditation will be
Because it's like space, or like a magical show,
neither meditation or non-meditation,
How could you be separate or
That's how a yogi sees it!
Then, aware of all good and
bad stuff as the basic reality
You become liberated.
Neurotic emotions are
They're to a yogi as trees are to a fireFUEL!
notions of going or staying?
Or, for that matter, "meditating" in
If you don't get this,
You free yourself only on the
But if you do get it, what can ever fetter you?
Abide in an
Trying to adjust body and mind won't produce
Trying to apply techniques won't produce meditation
See, nothing is ultimately established.
Know what appears to
have no intrinsic nature.
Appearances perceived: reality's realm,
Thought that perceives: spacious awareness,
Non-duality, sameness [of perceiver and perceived]:
Like a wide stream flowing non-stop,
Whatever the phase,
it has meaning
And is forever the awakened state
Great bliss without
All phenomena are empty of intrinsic nature
the mind that clings to emptiness dissolves in its own ground.
Is the path of all the Buddhas.
I've put together
That they may last for aeons to come.
By this virtue, may all
beings without exception
Abide in the great state of
was Maitripa's Essential Mahamudra Instruction
(in Tibetan: Phyag rgya chen
po tshig bsdus pa),
received from Maitripa himself and translated by
Tibetan translator Marpa Chökyi Lodrö.
©Nicole Riggs 1999. Reproduction
welcome if not for
profit and with full acknowledgement.
Meditation Society of America
Alan Larus photo
When you lose touch with inner
you lose touch with
When you lose touch with
you lose yourself in the world.
Your innermost sense of self,
of who you are,
is inseparable from stillness.
This is the I Am
that is deeper than name and form.
Stillness is your essential
What is stillness?
The inner space or awareness in which the
words on this page
are being perceived and become
Without that awareness,
there would be no perception, no thoughts,
You are that awareness, disguised as a
~ Eckhart Tolle
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