July 24, 2011
I just finished 11 days at the Kalachakra for World Peace with the Dalai Lama and wanted to share with you some information.
After the event, I had a dream about the Dalai Lama. In the dream he was trying to give a teaching, in the form of a document, to a few people. None of the people seemed to want to accept the teaching.
He looked at me. I said I would accept the teaching. He continued to look at me intensely. A clear, shining light emitted from his eyes into mine. He whole face was lit up in light. And then he was laughing, and I was laughing. There was nothing but joy.
For those interested, I share this practice and suggest the following meditation:
- Feeling gratitude for being alive in this amazing and wonderful time when this teaching has been revealed
- Feeling gratitude for the various teachers of the various times
- Reflecting, as stated in the text, on how mind is uncreated
- Reflecting, as the text also describes, on how all of what we consider ‘reality’ is conceptual
- Understanding, as stated in the text, that we are all of one mind – that separation is an illusion
- Understanding, as also stated, that reality cannot be found outside of your own mind
- Imagining light permeating your entire being – the One Mind
- After performing this practice (or a variation you derive based on the text) regularly, I suggest performing compassionate activity, on whatever level you find comfortable and whatever way you find inspiring. Take compassion into the world.
This teaching was meant for this age, and can be practiced by anyone, regardless of standing. It is what is known as ‘natural enlightenment’.
To sum up, you can reflect on this:
There is no duality. There is only One Mind. I am that One Mind. Everything I see around me is a concept. There is nothing but this One Mind that transcends all reality. When I observe, I observe this mind. Since mind is uncreated, what I see around me is uncreated; it only seems to be substantial and real. It is like a dream. It is like a rainbow. Wondrous is this.
The views presented by Padma Sambhava are in the text here. The first 25 pages are so are the crux of the teaching. Given its brevity, the text can be read and meditated upon before going to sleep.
As for my own experience with One Mind, please see the post here. To me, this is the ‘sky symbol’ as mentioned in the Padma Sambhava text.
Many people can reach liberation through this teaching. This is its promise. Please help make that promise come true.
June 3, 2010
I had gone to see Rinpoche with some other students. We had participated in a Guru Rinpoche (Padma Sambhava) empowerment. At the end of the ceremony, we all lined up and received a blessing.
That night, at home, I meditated. I could feel a ripening. Many images flashed before me. It was as if I was cycling through a series of impressions.
In my dream, stars wrapped around me. I looked at my body. My body itself was made of stars and galaxies. I whirled in this reality. As I whirled and rolled, thousands of stars and galaxies moved the motion of my star body.
I looked at my hand. Like grains of sand, galaxies and stars permeated and were the very skin of my body.
This poem expresses who I felt like in that dream:
I am the sun and the moon
The beginning and the end
All things do I contain;
All things are of me.
My body is the winds of time,
My mind perceives only eternity.
I turn and turn and turn,
a whirling blur of ecstatic sight.
Through the turning of this star body,
All worlds are created for your delight;
Do you see?
For your delight.