By Khenchen Thrangu
During this new ebook, Khenchen Thrangu presents an exhaustive remark at the longest and so much accomplished of the 3 vintage treatises on Mahamudra composed by means of the sixteenth-century student Wangchuk Dorje, the 9th Karmapa. Khenchen Thrangu's teachings surround the complete direction of Mahamudra, together with the preliminaries, the most perform, removal stumbling blocks, and reaching the results of buddhahood—with specific guide in tranquility and perception meditation. this can be the single on hand quantity that offers Khenchen Thrangu's precise observation in this complete textual content.
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One may reach a state of meditation in which one is free from thought but be in a state of nothingness and oblivion, like complete darkness. That kind of stability, lacking in clarity, is not the goal. In the state of complete calm and stillness, there should also be the clarity of the mind. " Stttling tht Unstttltd Mind Dakpo Tashi Namgyal has taught that all three stages need a clear and sharp mindfulness and awareness of what is occurring during the meditation. If these are absent, even though you are sitting in meditation, resting in stability, you will still come under the influence of thoughts, and your meditation will be profitless.
When focusing on emptiness in this way, begin with a small empty space; then increase your focus to a larger space, and then progressively larger, until you are focusing on an empty space as big as the sky. Focus the mind on that empty expanse without being distracted by anything. This meditation of focusing on empty space will naturally cause the mind to become stable. Finally, there is a more narrowly focused meditation in which one meditates on a hindu, a little sphere. The place in the body where all the consciousnesses come together is the point between the eyebrows.
The process of breathing remains an ordinary, normal process. At first, count the breath twenty-one times. Then, as you get more familiar with the meditation, you can count up to eighty or one hundred or whatever, and in that way you wj)) be able to meditate without forgetting to Settling the Unsettled Mind focus on the breath. You will be clearly aware of the exhalations and inhalations, and you won't make any error in counting. This meditation on the breath is beneficial. Another meditation on the breach that is taught in the Kagyu tradition is called the three parts of gentle breathing.
An Ocean of the Ultimate Meaning: Teachings on Mahamudra by Khenchen Thrangu