RE: Rigpa Glimpse of the Day
- The wisdom that realizes emptiness, that has gained insight into the nature
of reality, is of varying kinds, depending upon the level of subtlety of the
consciousness perceiving the emptiness. In general, there are rough levels
of consciousness, more subtle levels, and then the innermost subtle level of
consciousness. It is the uncommon characteristic of Tantric practice that
through it one can evoke this most subtle consciousness at will and put it
to use in a most effective way. For example, when emptiness is realized by
this subtlest level of mind, it is more powerful, having a much greater
effect on the personality.
In order to activate or make use of the more subtle levels of consciousness,
it is necessary to block the rougher levels--the rougher or grosser levels
must cease. It is through specifically Tantric practices, such as the
meditations on the chakras and the channels, that one can control and
temporarily abandon the rougher levels of consciousness. When these become
suppressed, the subtler levels of consciousness become active. And it is
through the use of the subtlest level of consciousness that the most
powerful spiritual realizations can come about. Hence, it is through the
Tantric practice involving the most subtle consciousness that the goal of
enlightenment can most quickly be realized.
--from "Answers: Discussions with Western Buddhists" by the Dalai Lama,
edited by Jose Ignacio Cabezon, published by Snow Lion Publications
Even though that which is usually called �mind� is widely esteemed and much
Still it is not understood or it is wrongly understood or it is understood
in a one-sided manner only.
Since it is not understood correctly, just as it is in itself,
There comes into existence inconceivable numbers of philosophical ideas and
Furthermore, since ordinary individuals do not understand it,
They do not recognize their own nature,
And so they continue to wander among the six destinies of rebirth within the
three worlds, and thus experience suffering.
Therefore, not understanding your own mind is a very grievous fault.
When you practice, say you find yourself in a deep state of stillness; often
it does not last very long as a thought or a movement always arises, like a
wave in the ocean. Don�t reject the movement or particularly embrace the
stillness, but continue the flow of your pure presence. The pervasive,
peaceful state of your meditation is the Rigpa itself, and all risings are
none other than this Rigpa�s self-radiance. This is the heart and the basis
of Dzogchen practice.
One way to imagine this is as if you were riding on the sun�s rays back to
the sun: You trace the risings back, at once, to their very root, the ground
of Rigpa. As you embody the steadfast stability of the View, you are no
longer deceived and distracted by whatever rises, and so cannot fall prey to
The absolute truth cannot be realized within the domain of the ordinary
mind. And the path beyond the ordinary mind, all the great wisdom traditions
have told us, is through the heart. This path of the heart is devotion.
To meditate is to make a complete break with how we �normally� operate, for
it is a state free of all cares and concerns, in which there is no
competition, no desire to possess or grasp at anything, no intense and
anxious struggle, and no hunger to achieve: an ambitionless state where
there is neither acceptance nor rejection, neither hope nor fear, a state in
which we slowly begin to release all those emotions and concepts that have
imprisoned us into the space of natural simplicity.
Always recognize the dreamlike qualities of life and reduce attachment and
aversion. Practice good-heartedness toward all beings. Be loving and
compassionate, no matter what others do to you. What they will do will not
matter so much when you see it as a dream. The trick is to have positive
intention during the dream. This is the essential point. This is true
CHAKDUD TULKU RINPOCHE
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If this elephant of mind is bound on all sides by the cord of mindfulness,
All fear disappears and complete happiness comes.
All enemies: all the tigers, lions, elephants, bears, serpents (of our emotions);
And all the keepers of hell; the demons and the horrors,
All of these are bound by the mastery of your mind,
And by the taming of that one mind, all are subdued,
Because from the mind are derived all fears and immeasurable sorrows.