Episode 7: taming the Wild Elephant of the mind

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Episode 6 summary: Polishing away the detritus from our diamond; listening to the Universe; mindless prattle; visual consumerism; indestructible energy of sound; Indian philosophy: 3 types of listening: intellectual; emotional; existential; existential listening dissolves all dualities; clearing the bridge of the mind of clutter so you can walk out into the vast field of awareness; experiment for yourself with listening to embody your true nature.

 

We can utilize the teachings and methods of the great adepts to re-contact our True Nature which we have become separated from by the dominance of wild Mind.  

But, a warning is needed! You could easily become attached to such methods or teachings.  So, appreciate that they are only a raft to get to the other shore of suffering human life with all its ups and downs

As Buddha always advised, it is dangerous to pick up that raft and carry it on your head once you are on dry land!  But we can thoroughly enjoy the raft during our crossing and be intensively grateful for it, then simply stand up and let it go.  It is simply a means to an end.

 

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11th century Atisha, an Indian sage propagating the teachings of Buddha, founded Tibetan Buddhism.  He is unusual because he was mentored by 3 outstanding masters and is famous for his precious 7 Points of Mind Training which will take you straight to your True Nature if you surrender yourself to them. 

They are fingers pointing to a beautiful Moon: the fingers are not the Moon but may easily be mistaken for it.

This compact training may give you a taste of what it is like to sing your own song and dance your own dance. It is essentially experiential so why not allow yourself to experience it here and now.

 

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Point 1 : LEARN THE PRELIMINARIES:

a) Truth is being – we are already immersed in it. Humans are truth.

b) Mind is a Barrier – the perpetual film playing out in the world distracts us from what we actually are.

c) No-mind is the door – Atisha called this Bodhicitta (to be explained later) – by putting aside the mechanism of your mind, you will attain the unattainable.

Point 2 : THINK THAT ALL PHENOMENA ARE LIKE DREAMS

The seer is never seen, the experiencer never experienced, the witness never witnessed because we are always looking outwards.  What truth can there be in a dream?

Point 3 : EXAMINE THE NATURE OF UNBORN AWARENESS

We were not born and we will not die. We are pure energy. We are pure awareness. We can use this awareness as a crystal mirror.

Point 4 : LET THE REMEDY ITSELF GO FREE ON ITS OWN

It is our habit to cling to what cures us, but for what reason.  Once your are cured be in full health. You can forget the remedy and be grateful in every moment of your perfect existence.

Point 5 : SETTLE IN THE NATURE OF BASIC COGNITION, THE ESSENCE

Do nothing. Relax into your True Nature, your Buddha moments. There is nothing to do.

6 : BETWEEN SESSIONS CONSIDER PHENOMENA AS PHANTOMS

If you have to move away from your meditation, your True Nature, remember that you are walking into a dream and participating in it with phantoms.

7 : TRAIN IN JOINING, SENDING AND TAKING TOGETHER; DO THIS BY RIDING THE BREATH: THREE POISONS = THREE BASES OF VIRTUE

Breathing is being so breathe each borrowed breath carefully.  First, breathe in the suffering, ignorance and darkness of all humanity. Hold them in your heart to transform them with compassion.  Then breathe out the pure joy contributing it to the whole of existence.

We can convert the 3 poisons – greed, hatred and ignorance – into the 3 virtues by overcoming Aversion, Attachment and Indifference. The 3 poisons will be converted into 3 nectars with this simple technique. This is No-Mind – Atisha called it Bodhicitta, Buddha called it Sambodhi – the Mahayana ideal of liberating all beings before ourselves.

 

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The above is not philosophy or religion, but sheer science.  So, experiment. Do the experiment and examine the result for yourself. In this way, you can experience your True Nature. At first, you may only get a passing glimpse, a faint scent of something.  This is the energy of your true beauty and fragrance. The fragrance of your unique Truth!

Episode 8: 4 Visionaries Incognito. There are special beings around whose sole purpose is to guide people back to their True Nature, but they do not need credit for doing so.  You may find them among your close people or, as I did, in the trainings of my 4 Visionaries Incognito.

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images courtesy of Megapixyl.com

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