Exposition Engendering Confidence

The inherent significance of the teaching Definition of Chakgya Chenpo mahamudra 2. Origin of mahamudra according to the sutras 3. Origin of mahamudra according to the tantras, especially the Unsurpassed Link (anuttara tantra) 4. How mahamudra embodies the deep meaning of all the sutras and tantras 5. The great qualities of the mahamudra practitioners. THE INHERENT SIGNIFICANCE OF THE TEACHING DEFINITION OF CHAKGYA CHENPO MAHAMUDRA This section will explain three points 1. The various meanings...

Meditation On Joint Tranquility And Insight

The reason one needs both tranquility and insight 2. The method of combining these twro The Reason One Needs Both Tranquility and Insight There is a reason for combining tranquility and insight. Without tranquility and mind stirs, like water, and cannot settle in tranquil absorption. Such a mind cannot attain a true understanding of its inherent purity. Insight 29 b devoid of tranquility is unstable like a butter lamp in the wind, and as such it cannot produce a clear perception of original...

Identification Of The True Nature Of Tranquility And Insight

To identify the true nature of tranquility and insight,14 the (.Samdhinirmocana-sutra) states He who lives in solitude, settling the mind in inward purity, meditates on aspects of reality previously analyzed. Such a sentient being continuously draws his mind inward. By so achieving a state of tranquility and the ability to attain that state as many times as possible, one attains the perfect ease of body and mind. This is said to be dwelling in tranquility. Having achieved such ease one should...

Elimination Of Doubts About The Essential Vision Of Reality

Review of other Buddhist schools 2. Establishing the meditational system of our school It was not correct on the part of some earlier Tibetan teachers to have assumed the view of intrinsic reality as consisting of abandonment not only of attachment to duality, but also of virtuous thoughts. Some have regarded this line of thought to be identical to that of the Hwashang school,73 as both 70 b are lacking in determinate awareness that comprehends the intrinsic reality. This is considered to be...

Translators Introduction

Mahamudra The Quintessence of Mind and Meditation represents the advanced doctrine and practice as understood and realized by the Kagyiipa Order of Tibetan Buddhism. The original Tibetan title of this sixteenth-century text is Ngedon chak-gya chenpoi gomrim seyvarjepai lekshey dawaiozer, which reads literally as Moonlight An Excellent Elucidation of the Meditational Stages of the Ultimate Great Seal. The term great seal mahamudra contains many different meanings. Here it stands for the ultimate...

Examination Of The Stages Of Tranquility And Insight

Most doctrinal treatises related to the sutras state that tranquility should be -attained first and insight afterward as the Sutralamkara states 27 b Mastery of the preceding principle results In the realization of the succeeding principles. The former is inferior and coarse, The latter superior and subtle. The above quote refers to the six principles of gone-beyond.18 It is said that each principle may be realized through the preceding one, as every preceding principle is inferior and crude,...

Introduction

All of confused existence, and all the wisdom of awakening, is the result of solidifying and conceptualizing the mind, or the absence thereof. Therefore, insight into the true nature of the mind is the crucial point. Book One The Outline of Tranquil Equipoise in General and the Removal of Doubts As a prologue to his main subject, Takpo Tashi Namgyal discusses tranquility and insight according to the generally accepted HInayana and Mahayana traditions inherited by all schools in Tibet. He...

The Nine Stages of Tranquility

The study of a painted scroll or sketch depicting the nine stages of tranquility will vivify the intricate process of mastering this concentrated tranquility. The frontispiece of this book illustrates step by step how the problems are resolved, how a meditator's mindfulness is stabilized and vivified and his concentration strengthened until eventually he achieves the ideal tranquility in the ninth stage . The temple in the thangka painting indicates the need, at least during the early training,...