31 Aug 2015
Alan comments that as we now enter vipashyana practice, we are in new territory. Vipashyana in the context of Mahamudra is oriented towards liberation. This is the irreversible result of one’s path of expedition, with one of three destinations of becoming an arhat (a foe destroyer), a jina (a solitary victor) or a Buddha (a victor). The path selected for this retreat is that of all the jinas. But what is the strategy to be selected for how to get to the destination? Alan says the choice of strategy is not just what one likes but rather the strategy that one has a feeling for, confidence in, or intuition about. Alan outlines some different strategies offered by each Tibetan Buddhist school. Then the vipashyana strategy has itself two basic strategies of either to develop the view and then to meditation (for those of sharp faculties) or to develop meditation in order to arrive at the view to liberation (for the rest of us). He then brings us to the method in this retreat based on Karma Chagme’s all angles approach of building from the base of shamatha to then practice vipashyana meditation on mind to obtain the view to liberation.
The vipashyana meditation is on the nature of mind.
After meditation, Alan resumes his commentary on “A Spacious Path to Freedom” from the bottom of page 89.
The meditation starts at 40:12.
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