Teachings

A Song to Introduce the Unmistaken View of the Great Perfection by Khenpo Gangshar

Placing my head at the feet of the Dharma King, I offer homage: Bless me that I might see natural luminosity.

Hey, you of great fortune!

Sit without moving,
like a tent peg driven into hard earth!

Gaze with your eyes neither open nor closed,
like the eyes of a deity in a fresco!

And let your mind settle, loose and relaxed,
like a woollen blanket spread out on the ground…

At times like these, while resting in the utter brilliance that is the space beyond thought, which may be likened to a cloudless sky, you will experience unimpeded translucence like a faultless crystal.

This is none other than the view of the ultimate, the luminous Great Perfection. Resting in equipoise within the pure luminosity, vividly clear like the sky, dullness and agitation are naturally voided and do not arise anew – a faultless, brilliantly clear non-conceptual meditation. When thought arises, be it good or bad, it is recognized for what it is and will not disturb. Focus upon this method and view your genuine nature; effortless, it arises by relaxing into the expanse, and thoughts are pacified on their own ground.

When you are able to practice for longer periods, it can be like, for example, when muddy water is stirred up and then allowed to settle – the innate lucidity of the water becomes clearer. Similarly, when myriad appearances arise and are realized to be like reflections, they cause the natural clarity of mind itself to become ever clearer. This in turn leads to the effortless arising of various qualities, such as the various types of clairvoyance and so on.

Should even the Great Master of Oḍḍiyāna appear before you, he’d have nothing greater than this to say on the view of the Great Perfection.

Should even Longchen Rabjam appear before you, he’d have nothing greater to teach you on the practice of taking thought as the path.

Should even the twenty-five exalted disciples appear before you, they’d have nothing greater to say concerning this practice.

As for myself, a yogin, this is my practice, and I have no greater meditation instruction to offer you.

You may analyze meticulously, but when a wind blows it naturally disperses the clouds and the sky can be seen. Endeavour to see empty clarity, mind itself, in the same way – there is nothing greater than this understanding. If you don’t stir up the silt, the water will remain clear; as such, don’t analyze. Simply rest without contrivance and you will come to see the emptiness of mind itself. There is nothing greater to see than this!

There are many views, but that of the emptiness of mind itself, devoid of all grasping, is the unmistaken view of the Great Perfection. When death comes to yogis of this method they are able to seize the clear light of death.

Hearing about it is beneficial, but I pray the actual experience of clear light will become evident.

Written by the old ignoramus, Gangshar Wangpo. May it prove meaningful!

Translated by Sean Price, 2015

Prayer to Attain the Citadel of Intrinsic Awareness

Prayer to Attain the Citadel of Intrinsic Awareness

 

Whatever appears as visible objects to the eye--

Everything in the outer universe--

Although it appears, rest without taking it to be real.

The purification of dualistic perception is the clear yet empty form of the yidam deity.

I supplicate the lama of naturally liberated desire and attachment;

I suppllicate Urgyen Pema Jungne.

 

Whatever resounds as audible objects to the ear--

All sounds perceived as pleasant or unpleasant--

Rest in the union of sound and emptiiness, free of speculative thought.

the union of sound and emptiness, beyond origination and cessation,

is the speech of the Victorious Ones.

I supplicate the speech of Victorious Ones, the union of sound and emptiness;

I supplicate Urgyen Pema Jungne.

 

Whatever arises as objects in the imagination--

Regardless of what thoughts arise from the five emotional poisons--

Do not allow your mind to anticipate, follow after, or indulge in them.

By allowing this movement to rest in its own ground,

you are free in dharmakaya.

I supplicate the lama of naturally free intrinsic awareness;

I supplicate Urgyen Pema Junge.

 

Outwardly, there is the purity of things perceived as external objects;

Inwardly, there is the freedom of the nature of mind perceived as the inner subject;

Between these, there is recognition of the true face of utter lucidity.

Through the compassion of the tathagatas of the three times,

May I be granted the blessings that free my mindstream.

 

Spoken by Guru Padma to his disciple Namkha Nyingpo and extracted from the Supplication in Seven Chapters, a terma discovered by Tulku Zangpo Dragpa and codified by Rigdzin Godem in the fourteenth century.