By Khenchen Thrangu
During this new ebook, Khenchen Thrangu offers an exhaustive statement at the longest and so much entire of the 3 vintage treatises on Mahamudra composed through the sixteenth-century pupil Wangchuk Dorje, the 9th Karmapa. Khenchen Thrangu's teachings surround the full course of Mahamudra, together with the preliminaries, the most perform, elimination stumbling blocks, and achieving the results of buddhahood—with particular guideline in tranquility and perception meditation. this is often the one to be had quantity that offers Khenchen Thrangu's certain statement in this complete textual content.
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It is good if you can meditate on the 33 THE MAIN PRACTICE: SHAMATHA body of a deity or your guru in the heart center. But if you are unable to do this, or if it causes more and more thoughts to arise, imagine a bright sphere of white light instead, and focus the mind on that. Because the mind is accustomed to focusing outward, this inward focusing is difficult at first. That is why we begin this type of meditation by focusing on a point inside the body. Focusing without an Object So far, all these meditations-the meditation on impure and pure objects and the meditation focused internally-use an object, a reference point.
If the channels are straight, the airs will be straight and the mind will be calmed. This is the fifth point. The sixth point has to do with the eyes. The eyes should look beyond the tip of the nose. Look into the space in front of you, four finger-widths in front of the nose. This basically means looking straight ahead. Don't look up like those who believe in deities, and don't look down like the shravakas. In the Vajrayana, we look straight ahead with the vajra gaze. Closing the eyes might improve stability, but keeping the eyes open without distraction can bring greater clarity.
Thoughts of the past may arise in the mind and go around and around, so that although one wishes to rest in meditation, one is constantly thinking over the past. Second, thoughts of the future may also arise. One Stabilizing the Settled Mind continuously thinks about all the things one is going to do, so that the mind keeps going around and around and isn't able to rest in meditation. One may experience thoughts of regret over past deeds, which prevent one from resting in meditation. And fourth, one may experience fear or worry about something bad that might happen to oneself or others.