By Takpo Tashi Namgyal, Lobsang P. Lhalungpa
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The two planes are within the existential realm). The sword in the monk's hand symbolizes the sword of ultimate knowledge, which cuts through selfdelusion. The monk soaring through the sky represents the preparatory and actual meditative absorption achieved by seekers of personal enlightenment (arhats). The test of a meditator's immediate achievement should be discernible through his ability to maintain the concentrated tranquility unperturbed for any given time. MEDITATION ON INSIGHT (INTO THE TRUE REALITY) The text covers various aspects of the meditation on insight ranging from its definition, categories, nature, role, and purpose to the doctrinal concepts of xxxii Mahamudra mind and reality, the interpretations, methods of investigation, the contemplative absorption, and the progressive realization of transcendental insight.
The two naturally encompass the two aspects of reality as interdependent and mutually compatible. "Apparent truth" refers to the appearances of the mind and the material phenomena. This means that every visible or perceivable reality appears as "real" to deluded minds but as "unreal" to enlightened ones. " It represents the ultimate reality of mind and materiality. The concept of voidness is very hard to explain and is even harder to comprehend. The tradition warns meditators against any premature conclusions, misconceptions, and improper approach.
On the other hand, it is quite erroneous to cling to a conceptualized negation of things and call this a realization of emptiness! Finally, in "The Specific Methods of Meditating on the Vision of Ultimate Reality," the author foreshadows the second half of the book, summarizing some of the key instructions of the maharnudra approach. Book One, Chapter Four: The Stages of Tranquility and Insight Part III: Clearing Doubts Regarding the Methods for Maintaining the Vision of Reality and Meditative Absorption In this chapter Takpo Tashi Namgyal• addresses issues of controversy between various schools of meditation.
Mahamudra: The Quintessence of Mind and Meditation by Takpo Tashi Namgyal, Lobsang P. Lhalungpa