stilling the mind
this book is about achieving shamatha
in my reading, this book was preceded by ngondro - turning confusion into clarity and followed by fathoming the mind
started 2020-08-05 & finished on 2020-09-19
these are my messy notes as i go through the weeds they will be cleaned up soon
the actual practice is sort of hidden inside the paragraphs i need to review and highlight them to make sure i have it, also watching his playist on youtube from a shamatha retreat
see shamatha page * relax the mind probe awareness * settle the mind without distraction or grasping
basically you have to achieve shamatha first, that is apareantly a rare long involved thing to achieve fully, if you do you can for example stand for 24 hours calmly and are rarely disturbed by any circumstance for example someone could clash cymbols near you and you wouldn't be phased, etc.
overall though you're fully relaxed with shamatha then let things arise naturally without judging them or commenting on them, simply remain aware and in the moment fully relaxed
the deep realization is nearly everything is impermanent, including self, objects, etc. so you no longer live in the desire realm you dive deeper into reality that ignores the waves and is the ocean which consists of bliss, luminosity, awareness with names like rigpa, pristine awareness, substrate consciousness, primordial awareness, etc.
non conceptual, no conceptual elaboration, this isn't something you can really discuss with words which cannot capture the energies that are revealed
there are some things that can happen that are supernatural, esp, etc. gods, demons, visions, etc. but these are typically nyams, just more things arising to be aware of without attachment
nyam - meditation experiences - wide variety, emotions, bindus, rainboy light, esp
togpa - different from nyams, these are realization
If we look at the Dharma from another perspective, we can say that it has two aspects: tradition and experience. Tradition, known as lung [lung] in Tibetan, is the authority, transmission, or legacy of the teachings. Experience, or togpa [rtogs pa] in Tibetan, is the practice or application of the Dharma. Both of these aspects of the Dharma are oriented toward bringing about a positive change in our mind.
vidyadhara (Skt). One who has gained a conceptually unmediated, nondual realization of rigpa, of buddha nature. vipashyana (Skt). Contemplative insight bought this book on 2020-08-05 and taking notes on it here
this book expounds on dudjom lingpa's vajra essence shamatha instructions
shamatha translates to calm abiding
abide in the mind which is naturally calm regardless surrounding circumstances
master shamatha and you'll be able to focus on vipassana where you cut through the ego mind's grasping at physical objects which are empty
you are watching the mind, letting it settle to it's natural still state, this is best done on retreats in the woods
you find optimal muscular and mental tension, you do not just flop on the ground completely relaxing all muscles you want to find a balance where your muscles only have the tension required for whatever position you're using
one of alans videos says there are 9 levels, trying to find where these are in the book - 9 ways
dhogzhen expands the ⅚ senses to 8
vidyadhara (skt). one who has gained a conceptually unmediated, nondual realization of rigpa, of buddha nature.
vipashyana (skt). contemplative insight
nyingma - literally means ancient
eighth century during the reign of king trisong detsen nyingma is founded on the first translations of buddhist scriptures from sanskrit into old tibetan in the the tibetan alphabet and grammar was created for this endeavour s
other tibetan buddhism schools
yanas (vehicles) https://www.rigpawiki.org/index.php?title=Nine_yanas
blissful, luminous and nonconceptual
called relative nature of the mind by - Shalu Lochen Legpa Gyeltshen spelled correctly?