By Khenchen Thrangu
During this new booklet, Khenchen Thrangu presents an exhaustive observation at the longest and such a lot finished of the 3 vintage treatises on Mahamudra composed by way of the sixteenth-century student Wangchuk Dorje, the 9th Karmapa. Khenchen Thrangu's teachings surround the total direction of Mahamudra, together with the preliminaries, the most perform, removal stumbling blocks, and reaching the results of buddhahood—with exact guide in tranquility and perception meditation. this can be the one on hand quantity that offers Khenchen Thrangu's precise remark in this complete textual content.
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In terms of the consciousnesses, what is occurring when you achieve this result in your meditation? Does the mind come to a stop so that you become like a stone? Or is there just a kind of emptiness, an emptiness with nothing in it-no happiness, no suffering, or anything? What exactly occurs in the mind when you achieve the result of the practice? During your progress toward the result, these eight consciousnesses become transfonned; faults diminish and clarity increases until the eight consciousnesses are transformed into the five wisdoms.
This is the purpose of all these different methods: focusing the mind on impure objects, pure objects, the candle flame, empty space, or the hindu sphere; focusing the mind without an object; focusing the mind inwardly; and focusing the mind on the breath. All these techniques are taught for the purpose of stabilizing the unstable mind. Do we have to practice all these different methods? No, we don't. Any one of them will bring about stability. It is useful, however, to have a range of methods.
You are not trying to analyze the object or do anything else with it. Rest in a very relaxed state with the mind remaining focused on the small object, without distraction. One should perform all activities-walking, talking, sitting, lying down, listening to Dharma teachings, and so on-without distraction. When the mind is in a relaxed and undistracted state, fewer thoughts arise. But the clarity of the mind does not cease simply because fewer thoughts are arising. The clarity of the mind continues during these activities, while the mind is resting in an undistracted and relaxed state.