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' THE LIFE OF SHABKAR '

The Autobiography of a Tibetan Yogin p.259

Rigdzin Shri Singha said:

The mind of sentient beings remains
fragmented,
While the mind of the Buddhas is all-
encompassing;
To let the mind become vast and
open like the sky
Is the key instruction for enhancing
practice.

From time to time, examine the mind with
analytic insight;
Ascertain that mind is not something
graspable -
That it has neither center nor boundary -
And let this discovery expand.

Sometimes, merge mind
With a clear, cloudless sky;
Make it vast and lofty;
Leave it wide open
As an immense, all-encompassing
expanse.

Doing this, you will avoid the flaws
Of slackness, obliviousness, and
somnolence;
Your experience of the view will be
enhanced.

Then, when mind contracts again,
Like an old scroll rolling itself up,
Examine mind thoroughly, time and
again:
This is profound instruction.

Wondrous - remaining in lucid serenity,
The state of sky-like evenness!

Joyous - when day or night, indoors and
outdoors,
Eyes open or closed, makes no difference
to your awareness.

Wondrous - when the world of form
appears
Like a rainbow in the unchanging sky of
Dharmakaya!
Joyous - to dredge the depths of samsara,
Bringing all beings to enlightenment!

All you whose wisdom is vast as the sky,
Brilliant as the unobscured sun,
Limpid as crystal, firm as unshakable
mountain -
To you I pay homage, go for refuge;
Grant me the waves of your grace.

After I had said this, his understanding of the view progressed greatly and his realization became as vast as space.

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' THE LIFE OF SHABKAR '

The Autobiography of a Tibetan Yogin p.258

He said, "To practice by merely remaining in a vague, oblivious, ordinary state - that's completely useless for progressing along the paths and stages, isn't it?" I replied:

The Victorious One, the incarnation of the Holder of the White Lotus, said:

These days, some say that when mind
is just at rest,
That is the Mahamudra view;
But that is not the true Mahamudra.

And Manjushri incarnate, Sakya Pandita, said:

Mahamudra as practiced by fools
Usually leads to an animal state.

This is why all the teachers of Madhyamika,
Mahamudra, and Dzogchen
Repeatedly warn that just remaining
without awareness in a vague,
oblivious state,
Won't result in progress along the paths
and stages.
This is not merely true, but is a most
profound, crucial point!

If one merges with the evenness of sky-like
samadhi,
At a certain point real knowledge will
burst forth from meditation.

Boundless clairvoyance, miraculous
powers, and miraculous vision will
manifest,
And ultimately one will realize the
dharmakaya.

Not understanding this, one might go
astray
And remain merely in a dull, amorphous
state -
Then meditation withers and one dozes off.

When absence of mind prevails, there
occur
Dullness, obliviousness, and finally,
sleep;
After much meditation like this,
One will take rebirth in the animal realm.

All of this, which is said out of affection,
Must be understood.
To practice meditation, confusing these
two states -
Like drinking milk mixed with water -
Is the way of fools;
To practice meditation clearly
distinguishing the two
Is the way of the wise.

Kunzang asked again, "What should one do when, while remaining in evenness, one does sink into that oblivious, ordinary state?" I replied:

When clouds form, they obscure the
stainless sky.
If they are blown away by the wind
And scattered in the ten directions,
The natural blue color of the sky
reappears.
In the same way, when a state of vague
oblivion
Obscures one's meditation,
One should straighten one's back,
Raise one's gaze,
Widen one's perspective, heighten awareness.
Let it extend into infinity,
Then let it be.

Thus one separates the pure essence from
the dross;
This mental haze will clear away like
clouds that just vanish,
Leaving the royal samadhi,
Vividly transparent, like the immaculate
sky.

This is the supreme method
For dispelling difficulties and enhancing
practice.

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Kunzang asked again, "What should one do when, while remaining in evenness, one does sink into that oblivious, ordinary state?" I replied:

When clouds form, they obscure the
stainless sky.
If they are blown away by the wind
And scattered in the ten directions,
The natural blue color of the sky
reappears.
In the same way, when a state of vague
oblivion
Obscures one's meditation,
One should straighten one's back,
Raise one's gaze,
Widen one's perspective, heighten awareness.
Let it extend into infinity,
Then let it be.

Thus one separates the pure essence from
the dross;
This mental haze will clear away like
clouds that just vanish,
Leaving the royal samadhi,
Vividly transparent, like the immaculate
sky.

This is the supreme method
For dispelling difficulties and enhancing
practice.

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' THE LIFE OF SHABKAR '

The Autobiography of a Tibetan Yogin p.258

He said, "To practice by merely remaining in a vague, oblivious, ordinary state - that's completely useless for progressing along the paths and stages, isn't it?" I replied:

The Victorious One, the incarnation of the Holder of the White Lotus, said:

These days, some say that when mind
is just at rest,
That is the Mahamudra view;
But that is not the true Mahamudra.

And Manjushri incarnate, Sakya Pandita, said:

Mahamudra as practiced by fools
Usually leads to an animal state.

This is why all the teachers of Madhyamika,
Mahamudra, and Dzogchen
Repeatedly warn that just remaining
without awareness in a vague,
oblivious state,
Won't result in progress along the paths
and stages.
This is not merely true, but is a most
profound, crucial point!

If one merges with the evenness of sky-like
samadhi,
At a certain point real knowledge will
burst forth from meditation.

Boundless clairvoyance, miraculous
powers, and miraculous vision will
manifest,
And ultimately one will realize the
dharmakaya.

Not understanding this, one might go
astray
And remain merely in a dull, amorphous
state -
Then meditation withers and one dozes off.

When absence of mind prevails, there
occur
Dullness, obliviousness, and finally,
sleep;
After much meditation like this,
One will take rebirth in the animal realm.

All of this, which is said out of affection,
Must be understood.
To practice meditation, confusing these
two states -
Like drinking milk mixed with water -
Is the way of fools;
To practice meditation clearly
distinguishing the two
Is the way of the wise.

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Kunzang Shenpen went on, "That being the case, when one is remaining in the nonmeditation
samadhi that is like a continuous stream, what should it be like?" I replied:

One must remain in a vivid, lucid openness,
Like looking out
Into the reaches of the boundless sky
From the peak of a mountain open to
every direction.

The Lord of Siddhas, Jetsun Tilopa,
Directing his gaze toward the sky,
Said to the great pandita Naropa:

What supports the sky? On what does sky rest?
The Mahamudra of one's mind has
nothing to rest on.
If you loosen the bonds, liberation is
certain.
Remain at ease in primordial simplicity.

The nature of mind is the sky beyond
the contents of thoughts.
Remain thus at ease,
Not holding on to some thoughts,
Or pushing other thoughts away:
In true Mahamudra mind is undirected.

The unsurpassable fruition
Is simply to preserve this state.

Thus, through Marpa Lotsawa,
There will come many sky-like yogins,
Sons of the linage of the great
panditas Naro and Maitri.

The great awareness-holder, Shri Singha,
Pointing his finger toward the heart of a
cloudless sky,
Told the Lotus-born Guru:

Ever empty, ever empty; ever void, all void;
This crucial absolute truth is a treasure
Which shines everywhere - above,
below, between, in all directions -
Shri Singha made it spring from the
perfect vessel:
Action inseparable from view.

And with this he dissolved into vajra space.

In the same way the omniscient Longchen Rabjam said:

In the infinite sky, there is neither
meditation or non-meditation.
This is the vast expanse that is
Samantabhadra's wisdom.


It is also said in the 'Miscellaneous Sayings of
The Kadampas' :

The place for practice must be open and spacious;
One's view must be vast and open, too;
Even if the whole samsara and
nirvana were placed within it,
It would remain as unfilled as ever -
Such should be the immensity of the view.

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' THE LIFE OF SHABKAR '

The Autobiography of a Tibetan Yogin p.256

Once my fortunate spiritual son Kunzang Shenpen asked me, "How should one remain in the nonmeditation samadhi that is like a continuous stream? What is meant by 'stream'? Is there any risk of confusing this with another state?"
My answer was this song:

Having received the faultless instructions
on Mahamudra or on Dzogchen,
The unique path traveled by countless
Buddhas and Bodhisattvas,
If you wish to remain uninterruptedly
In the nonmeditation samadhi
That is like a continuous stream,
You must do this:

Keep your body still;
Keep your voice silent;
As to mind, don't bind it: let it rest at ease.
Let consciousness relax completely.

At this time, attachment to "meditation"
and "nonmeditation" clears,
And mind remains without any aim or
fabrication
In self-luminous awareness, vast and
transparent.

To remain just like this
Is the view of Mahamudra and Dzogchen.
If intellect does not tamper with this state,
And if you are graced by blessings of your
root and linage gurus,
The view arises, clear as the sky.

Preserving this view continuously
With awareness undistracted,
In a continuity unbroken like a flowing
stream,
Is what is called "nonmeditation samadhi. continuous like a stream."

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Man -
If you have any self-respect,
A heart in your chest,
Brains in your head, and
Some sympathy for yourself,
Regret your past actions and
Improve your whole behavior.
It's time! It's very late!

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Handsome body -- Like a rainbow in space.

Sweet Voice -- Like Brahma's song.

Vast Mind -- Like the wide expanse of sky: To the manifestation of the timeless teacher's (guru's) body, speech, and mind, I bow down.

Look with stainless wisdom-eyes on myriad beings, each one once our mother. Grant your blessing that, having swiftly realized the absolute body, I may manifest the true body of form.

I, the yogin Tsogdruk Rangdrol, will now sing some essential advice: Fortunate one's, who wish to achieve buddhahood in this very life, with this very body: Listen with respect.

The root of all that exists, Samsara and nirvana, is one's own mind. Primordially, mind is emptiness.

Merge then into the sky-like absolute expanse,
Empty, luminous, beyond clinging.

Outside, inside, eyes open or closed,
Day night; asleep, awake:
No difference

During practice, after practice,
Mind, appearances;
blend them.

Continuously, without wavering.
Merge completely with this vibrant, sky-like state.

Even if you died right now, you would have no regrets. Death is release into the luminosity of dharmakaya;
Out of the expanse of the absolute body, the body of form arises.

Although on this path, there can be no mistakes,
It is still wiser to avoid complacency.

Once you have achieved stability in meditation, do not remain satisfied with that alone.

If you persist, practicing the instructions to transmute the body of this life into a body of light, you will become like deathless Lotus Born One (the Primordial Buddha).

Therefore, fortunate heart-son, practice the development stage of the yidam deity. Then consider your body as the yidam, apparent, yet empty;

Consider the outer world as a Pure Land, a celestial palace, and ALL beings as gods and goddesses.

In the center (sushumna) of your divine body, visualize the three channels and the chakras, the Ah and the Hung [syllables].
Holding prana in the vase, practice the Tummo meditation [consisting of the synchronization of pranayama and visualization), the main practice of the completion stage.

Abandoning the nine actions of the three doors, utilizing the postures [asanas] and crucial points of the sense doors, the sense-fields, energy and awareness, meditate on the Dzogchen practice of Thoegal.

The distance covered by a great ship pulled on land by a hundred men for a hundred days, can be covered in just one day when it is put to sea.

In the same way. a single day of meditation performed with real stability of mind brings more progress than a hundred days practicing the development and completion stages before stability of mind has been reached.

If you persevere in practice, your skandhas will be freed in a body of rainbow light in this very lifetime, in this very body.

If you lack diligence, even though you do not achieve the rainbow body in this life, your death will occur without suffering and be accompanied by marvelous signs and [so-called] miracles.

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