Advice on Meditation

from The Essential Amrita of Profound Meaning: Oral Instructions and Practical Advice Bestowed Upon Fortunate Followers, Eye-opener to What is to be Adopted and Abandoned

by Chokgyur Lingpa

If you want to practice well,
you need steadfast renunciation—
in short, the wish to attain awakening.

Refuge is the root of Dharma—
you need to entrust and surrender yourself completely
to the guru and Three Jewels.

As the cause for attaining unsurpassable awakening,
arouse bodhicitta, the mind set on supreme awakening,
and practice solely for the benefit of others. This is profound indeed.

Rest without grasping within the nature of mind.
When you realize the uncontrived and unfabricated nature,
then it qualifies as meditation.

Suppressing or chasing after the movement of thoughts
is fruitless rigidity, the worst kind of meditation.
Less grasping and attachment is a sign of realization.

Vast pure perception is a sign of realization.
Great compassion is a sign of realization.
Paying close attention to cause and effect is a sign of realization.

The opposites are signs of lack of realization.
Dear one, keep this in your heart.

Chokgyur Lingpa wrote this. May it bring goodness!

| Lhasey Lotsawa Translations, 2021.


Source text
  • mChog gyur gling pa, “rJes ’jug skal bzang rnams la bstal pa’i zhal gdams bslab bya nyams len gyi skor spang blang mig ’byed zab don snying gi bdud rtsi.” In mChog gling bka’ ’bum skor. Vol. 36 of mChog gling bde chen zhig po gling pa yi zab gter yid bzhin nor bu’i mdzod chen po, 116. Kathmandu, Nepal: Ka-nying Shedrub Ling monastery, 2004.

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