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  • Namdrol Tsepal
    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
    Message 1 of 785 , Aug 7, 2007
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      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


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      Even though that which is usually called �mind� is widely esteemed and much
      discussed,
      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
      assertions.
      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.


      PADMASAMBHAVA

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      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
      delusion.


      Sogyal Rinpoche


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      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.


      Sogyal Rinpoche


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      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.


      Sogyal Rinpoche

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      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
      spirituality.


      CHAKDUD TULKU RINPOCHE

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    • Analine Tsepal
      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,
      Message 785 of 785 , Aug 6, 2011
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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.


        SHANTIDEVA

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