76 Ultimate and Relative Bodhicitta and the fifth point from Atisha's text, 7 Point Mind Training

16 Oct 2013

Before the meditation Alan discusses from which perspective you can do the tong-len practice - from your ordinary self or from the platform of Avolokishrvara.

Alan explains how shamatha can be developed in the context of stage of generation practice.

After the meditation Alan continues with the fifth point of the text - ‘The whole of Dharma is synthesised in one aim’. Self grasping is not steady, constant. If we can recognise how frequently and robustly they come up and look for triggers, we can transform to give a deeper insight. Once we release self-grasping, we have the opportunity to begin to realise our actual nature - primordial awareness.

The next line of the text - ‘Attend to the chief of two witnesses’. Others may praise you as an exemplar Dharma practitioner, but they are not the chief witnesses, for they see only small portions of your overall behaviour, and they do not fathom the depths of your heart and mind. Distinguish between mundane concern over “what the neighbours think” and meaningful regard for others.

The next line of the text - Constantly resort to a sense of good cheer'. Good cheer from the centre of your mandala. As you become more clear, mature in Dharma practice, then you experience more sense that the blessings are continuous. Then you always have a sense of good cheer.

Meditation starts at: 16:09 (silent, front loaded at start of session)

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