Nondual Primordial Awareness

Know that perception involved with the duality of perceiver and perceived is consciousness.
Know that awareness itself, liberated from perceiver and perceived, is primordial awareness: the dharmadhatu.
—Khenpo Tsultrim Gyamtso Rinpoche

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Ganges Mahamudra–Part 6

Beyond any frame of reference, mind is naturally clear.

Where there is no path, you begin the path of awakening.

Where there is nothing to work on, you come to the deepest awakening.

~Tilopa, Ganges Mahamudra (trans. Ken McLeod)

Listen to part 6 in a series of talks by Hal Blacker on Ganges Mahamudra (Mahamudra Upadesha) by Tilopa. (Covering verses 15-20). Given at Real Dharma Sangha on January 4, 2011:

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Loving Kindness Meditation

The following meditation was composed by Anam Thubten. It may be used for the development of loving kindness (maitri in Sanskrit; metta in Pali):

Please close your eyes, and let your awareness rest on your breath. (1 minute)
Now please visualize someone or a group of people you love sitting in front of you. (pause 10 sec.)
Open your heart and say to them:
May you be safe from inner and outer harm.
May you be free from guilt, shame and hatred.
May you enjoy physical and mental well-being.
May you live with the ease of an open heart.
May you go beyond your inner darkness and awaken to your radiant true nature as boundless love.
(meditate 1 – 5 min.)

Now please visualize someone or some people you find to be challenging or difficult sitting in front of you. (pause 10 sec.) Open your heart and say to them: [Repeat above prayer].
(meditate 1 -5 min.)

Now imagine everyone in the world is sitting in front of you. (pause 10 sec.) Open your heart and say to them: [Repeat above prayer].
(meditate 1 -5 min.)

In closing:
May we express loving kindness toward each other so that war, conflict and every form of strife come to an end, allowing peace and harmony to pervade the entire world.

Ganges Mahamudra–Part 5

When you are free from ambition and don’t hold any position,

You will see all that the scriptures teach.

When you open to this, you are free from samsara’s prison.

When you settle in this, all evil and distortion burn up.

This is called “The Light of the Teaching.”
~Tilopa, Ganges Mahamudra (trans. Ken McLeod)

Listen to part 5 in a series of talks by Hal Blacker on Ganges Mahamudra (Mahamudra Upadesha) by Tilopa. (Covering verses 12-14). Given at Real Dharma Sangha on December 28, 2010:

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Ganges Mahamudra–Part 4

Your body has no core, hollow like bamboo.

Your mind goes beyond thought, open like space.

Let go of control and rest right there.

~Tilopa, Ganges Mahamudra (trans. Ken McLeod)

Listen to part 4 in a series of talks by Hal Blacker on Ganges Mahamudra (Mahamudra Upadesha) by Tilopa. Given at Real Dharma Sangha on December 21, 2010:

If you are unable to use the flash player, listen or download here.