Repost from 2004 - Excellent Meditation Wisdom
- Being reposted by request of a member who
says this is "the best" advise he ever got:
Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche: Practice in Everyday Life
The everyday practice is simply to develop
a complete carefree acceptance, an openness to
all situations without limit.
We should realize openness as the playground
of our emotions and relateto people without artificiality, manipulation or strategy.
We should experience everything totally,
never withdrawing into ourselves as a marmot hides
in its hole. This practice releases
tremendous energy which is usually constricted
by the process of maintaining fixed reference
points. Referentiality is the process by
which we retreat from the direct experience of everyday life.
Being present in the moment may initially
trigger fear. But by welcoming the sensation of
fear with complete openness, we cut
through the barriers created by habitual
When we engage in the practice of discovering
space, we should develop the feeling of opening
ourselves out completely to the entire
universe. We should open ourselves with
absolute simplicity and nakedness of
mind.This is the powerful and ordinary
practice of dropping the mask of self-protection.
We shouldn't make a division in our meditation
between perception and field of perception. We
shouldn't become like a cat watching a mouse.
We should realize that the purpose of meditation
is not to go "deeply into ourselves" or withdraw
from the world. Practice should be free
and non-conceptual, unconstrained by
introspection and concentration.
Vast unoriginated self-luminous wisdom space
is the ground of being - the beginning and the end
of confusion. The presence of awareness in the
primordeal state has no bias toward enlightenment or
non-enlightenment. This ground of being which
is known as pure or original mind is the source
from which all phenomena arise. It is known as
the great mother, as the womb of potentiality in which
all things arise and dissolve in natural self-perfectedness
and absolute spontaneity.
All aspects of phenomena are completely clear
and lucid. The whole universe is open and unobstructed
- everything is mutually interpenetrating.
Seeing all things as naked, clear and free from
obscurations, there is nothing to attain or realize.
The nature of phenomena appears naturally and is
naturally present in time-transcending awareness.
Everything is naturally perfect just as it is.
All phenomena appear in their uniqueness as part
of the continually changing pattern. These patterns
are vibrant with meaning and significance at every
moment; yet there is no significance to attach
to such meanings beyond the moment in
which they present themselves.
This is the dance of the five elememts in which
matter is a symbol of energy and energy a symbol
of emptiness. We are a symbol of our own
enlightenment. With no effort or practice whatsoever,
liberation or enlightenment is already here.
The everyday practice is just everyday life itself.
Since the undeveloped state does not exist, there
is no need to behave in any special way or attempt
to attain anything above and beyond what you
There should be no feeling of striving
to reach some "amazing goal" or "advanced state."
To strive for such a state is a neurosis which only conditions us
serves to obstruct the free flow of Mind. We should also avoid
thinking of ourselves as worthless persons - we are naturally free
unconditioned. We are intrinsically enlightened and lack nothing.
When engaging in meditation practice, we should feel it to be as
natural as eating, breathing and defecating. It should not become
specialized or formal event, bloated with seriousness and
should realize that meditation transcends effort, practice, aims,
the duality of liberation and non-liberation.
Meditation is always ideal; there is no need to correct
everything that arises is simply the play of mind as such, there
unsatisfactory meditation and no need to judge thoughts as good or
Therefore we should simply sit. Simply stay in your own place, in
your own condition just as it is. Forgetting self-conscious
do not have to think "I am meditating." Our practice should be
effort, without strain, without attempts to control or force and
without trying to become "peaceful."
If we find that we are disturbing ourselves in any of these ways,
stop meditating and simply rest or relax for a while. Then we
our meditation. If we have "interesting experiences" either during
or after meditation, we should avoid making anything special of
To spend time thinking about experiences is simply a distraction
attempt to become unnatural. These experiences are simply signs of
practice and should be regarded as transient events. We should not
attempt to reexperience them because to do so only serves to
the natural spontaneity of mind.
All phenomena are completely new and fresh, absolutely unique and
entirely free from all concepts of past, present and future. They
are experienced in timelessness.
The continual stream of new discovery, revelation and inspiration
which arises at every moment is the manifestation of our clarity.
should learn to see everyday life as mandala - the luminous
experience which radiate spontaneously from the empty nature of our
being. The aspects of our mandala are the day-to-day objects of
life experience moving in the dance or play of the universe. By
symbolism the inner teacher reveals the profound and ultimate
of being. Therefore we should be natural and spontaneous,
accepting and learning from everything. This enables us to see the
ironic and amusing side of events that usually irritate us.
In meditation we can see through the illusion of past, present and
future - our experience becomes the continuity of nowness. The
is only an unreliable memory held in the present. The future is
projection of our present conceptions. The present itself vanishes
as soon as we try to grasp it. So why bother with attempting to
establish an illusion of solid ground?
We should free ourselves from our past memories and preconceptions
meditation. Each moment of meditation is completely unique and
of potentiality. In such moments, we will be incapable of judging
meditation in terms of past experience, dry theory or hollow
Simply plunging directly into meditation in the moment now, with
whole being, free from hesitation, boredom or excitement, -is-