Category Archives: Mahayana

advancing meditation: luminous aspect, Patanjali last one

“Once one sees the distinction between pure awareness and the luminous aspect of the phenomenal world …” Almost every word in this instruction is a mini-instruction! In this meditation the focus is “the luminous aspect.” We have encountered this in … Continue reading

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advancing meditation: Awaken 2

A wish, an understanding, and confidence in … . Mantra can be used as a wish for others and oneself. “May all beings awaken.” Empathy grows in one’s heart and mind as one wishes well for others. Kindness and self-care … Continue reading

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Maitreya 3

“When one has focused the mind on the objective, one should not let its continuity waiver.” What objective is Maitreya speaking of in verse XIV. 11 of the Mahayanasutralamkara? Any virtuous objective. Maitreya is not referring specifically to meditation training, … Continue reading

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advancing meditation: Milarepa 3, Listening

The enlightened yogi, Milarepa, is often depicted with one hand to his ear. This symbolizes that he listened carefully to instructions from his guru. The lineage to which Milarepa belongs is the Kagyu, “the oral lineage,” or “ear-whispered lineage.” One … Continue reading

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advancing meditation: the exaltation and purity of peace

There’s a line in the Prajnaparamita Sutra in 150 lines that states that one demonstration of Perfect Wisdom is called the “Consummation of awakening to the calm true nature of all the Buddhas (tathagathas).” Underline the word calm, and then … Continue reading

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