18 Nov 2010
Alan’s introduction was very interesting. He explained to us that, according to the teachings of Padmasambhava, this practice is designed to go straight to the nature of the phenomena of consciousness, “the space of awareness,” the relative space of the mind.
He shared with us that years ago some scientists were trying to investigate and research yogis, and how these people practice Shamatha and Compassion. The scientists wanted to study only the brain, but the yogis refused to take part, because practice is something that is experiential. It’s like trying to investigate how a mathematician can understand sophisticated math, by only looking at his brain. The only one who can assess consciousness is a first person observer, looking at his/her own mind.
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