24 - Like recognizing water even when it appears as ice

B. Alan Wallace, 19 Jun 2019

Lama Alan begins by again clarifying that we need all 3 practices of Shamatha, Vipashyana and Mahamudra to reach even the first stage of the first yoga, and he also comments on the differences between the 5 paths within the context of the Mahayana and Mahamudra.

Lama then explains the practice of investigating the emptiness of the origin, location and destination of the mind. He also comes back to the importance of first achieving Shamatha. Once we do that then Vipashyana and even Mahamudra are not that far away. At the same time it’s very easy to get caught up in all kinds of other practices just for the sake of avoiding our own minds.

After the meditation we continue with the second yoga:

The Four Yogas of Mahamudra

  • Yoga of Freedom from Conceptual Elaborations
    • Rangjung Dorje (Great Instructions)
    • Dagpo Rinpoche
    • Saraha
    • Gyalwa Yang Gönpa
    • Small stage

Twelve Stages of the Four Yogas of Mahamudra

  • Yoga free of elaboration
    • Small stage


Vipashyana: Origin, location and destination of mental events

Meditation starts at 30:52

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