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      1. This is a Meditation from the Flight of the Garuda..
           From: "bindu"


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   Date: Sun, 04 Apr 2004 00:58:32 -0000
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Subject: This is a Meditation from the Flight of the Garuda..

This is a Meditation from the Flight of the Garuda..

The Flight of the Garuda is a major Tibetan buddhist book


Instruction in the Essential Meditation
EHMAHO! Now listen further, all my best beloved sons and daughters!
No matter what system of mind-training you practice, unless you realize the nature of your mind, severing its root, you miss the point of Dzokchen.

The errant aspirant blind to this imperative is like the archer who
places his [a] target to the front only to shoot off his [the] arrow in another direction. He is like the householder who searches outside for a thief who is still in the house; like the exorcist who sets his [a] spirit-trap at the west  door when the demon lives in the east; like the poor man [person] who  begs, blind to his [their] hearth-stone of gold.

Therefore, my beloved children, you who wish to resolve life's
frustrations and anxieties by the direct method of discovering the nature of mind, examine your minds in the following way:

What we call "mind", is an insistent chatterer, hopping, skipping and
jumping about. Try to catch it and it slips away, changing shape or vanishing; attempt to focus it and it will not be still, proliferating and
scattering; try to pin it with a label and it resolves into unutterable
emptiness. But, it is this same mind that experiences the gamut of human feeling, and  this is the mind that must be scrutinized.

First, what is the origin of this mind? Is it a function of external
phenomena--mountains, rocks, water, trees and celestial breezes--or
is it independent of them? Asking yourself where the mind comes from, investigate this possibility thoroughly.

Alternatively, consider whether or not the mind originates from the
reproductive fluids of our parents. If so, enquire into the process
by which it emerges. Continue this enquiry until it is exhausted and you admit  the mind has no origin.

Then secondly, answer the question, "Where is the mind now?" Is it in
the upper or lower part of your body, in your sense organs, in your lungs or  your heart? If it lodges in your heart, in what part of the heart? What is it's color and shape? Thoroughly investigate the present location of the mind and it's characteristics until you are certain that they are not to be found.

Finally, examine the movement of the mind. When it moves, does it
pass through the organs of the senses? In its momentary embrace of external objects, is there physical contact? Is it only a mental function, or are both body and mind involved together? Investigate the process of perception.

Further, when a thought arises with it's attendant emotion, firstly,
investigate its source. Secondly, find its present location, its
color and shape and any other attributes. Look long and hard for the answers to these questions. Lastly, when thought has subsided into itself and vanished, where has it gone? Examine your mind closely for the answers.

At the time of death, what occurs to the mind? How does it leave the
body? Where does it exit? Consider these questions and all their
ramifications in detail.

Persevere in your careful enquiry, examining the mind until you reach
a positive conclusion that it is empty, pure and utterly inexpressible,
that it is a non-entity and free of birth and death, coming and going.

The arid assertions and metaphors of others--statements such as "Mind is emptiness!"--are worse than useless. Until you know the answer  yourself such statements tend to bring doubt and hesitation to the mind.

It is like a dogmatic assertion that tigers do in fact live in a
country where it is generally supposed that tigers are extinct. It leaves doubt and  uncertainty on the subject. After tentatively examining your mind and having established its nature, it is as if you had explored the valleys and hills where the tigers are
said to exist and, having seen for yourself whether tigers live
there, are fully informed. Thereafter, if the question of tigers' existence in  that place arises, you will have no doubt as to the truth of the matter.

Initiation into the Nature of Mind
EHMAHO! Again, my beloved sons and daughters, gather round and
listen! During the analysis and examination of your minds in the manner described above, when you failed to find a "mind" that you could point to and say "This is it!"and when you failed to find so much as an atom that you could call concrete, then your failure was a supreme success.

Firstly, "mind" has no origin; since it is originally emptiness its
essence is insubstantial. Secondly, it has no location, no color and no shape. Finally, it does not move: without moving, it disappears without a trace; its activity is empty activity, its emptiness empty appearances.

Mind's nature is not created by a cause in the first place, and it is
not destroyed by an agent or condition at the end. It is a constant
quantity: nothing can be added to or taken from it, it is incapable of increase or decrease, and it cannot be filled or emptied.

Since mind's nature is all-pervasive, the ground of both samsara and
nirvana, it is without bias or partiality. No form demonstrates its actuality more clearly than another, and it manifests all and every-thing equally without obstruction.

Mind cannot be established or defined as anything at all specific,
since it goes beyond the limits of existence and non-existence. Without coming and going it is without birth and death, without clarity and obstruction.

The nature of mind in its purity is like a stainless crystal ball:
its essence is emptiness, its nature is clarity, and its responsiveness is a continuum.

In no way whatever is the nature of mind affected by samsara's
negativity. From the first it is Buddha. Trust in this!

Such is my introduction initiating recognition of the original nature
of mind, the ground of our being, our true existential condition.
People only see what they are prepared to see.

Give all to love; obey thy heart.

Insist on yourself; never imitate... Every great man is unique.

Nothing can bring you peace but yourself.

Speak what you think today in words as hard as cannon-balls and tomorrow speak what tomorrow thinks in hard words again, though it contradict every thing you said today.[/I]
Ralph Waldo Emerson

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