Tilopa’s Meditation Instructions

Stop all physical activity: sit naturally at ease.
Do not talk or speak: let sound be empty, like an echo.
Do not think about anything: look at experience beyond thought.

Your body has no core, hollow like bamboo.
Your mind goes beyond thought, open like space.
Let go of control and rest right there.

Mind without projection is mahamudra.
Train and develop this and you will come to the deepest awakening.

—From “Ganges Mahamudra” (trans. Ken McLeod)

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Look at your mind

It is called wisdom (jnana) but it cannot be touched by the contriving mind. It is beyond words and ideas such as existing or not existing, permanence or annihilation. Whatever one says about it is refutable. And since wisdom is like this, even if one were to ask Buddha himself, do not think he would take one side or another. The Dharmakaya is beyond thinking. It is non-born and free from conceptual elaboration. Do not ask me–look at your mind. It is not something about which one can say, “It is like this.”     —Milarepa