A Song for the King: Saraha on Mahamudra Meditation by Thrangu Rinpoche, Michele Martin, Peter O\'Hearn

By Thrangu Rinpoche, Michele Martin, Peter O\'Hearn

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As the Buddha said, "All things are em pty. " The three verses we looked at previously were primarily concerned wim describing the manner in w~ich we are confused. They illusrrated how our confused perception sees things as existing while they actually THE SONG BEG I NS 29 don't exist. Second, in our confusion, we see something that actually exists as not existing. This first confusion is not recognizing the ground as actually being empty, and the second confusion is not recognizing that emptiness itself possesses inherent wisdom.

Other mahasiddhas were importan t scholars, of whom the bestknown was Nagarjuna, one of the greatest scholars in che history of Buddhism. Throughout his life, he composed an impressive number of u eatises, which clarified for the first time various aspects of the Buddha's teachi ngs. In his compositions Nagarjuna refuted mistaken positions so skillfully that even those he refuted accepted his arguments. Due to his effectiveness, the Buddha's teachings spread far and wide. Nagarjuna's impact was so fa r-reaching that he revolution ized Buddh ist scholarship.

The thought could be any kind of thought-an angry thought, a jealous thought, an arrogant thought, a desirous thought, a sad thought, a happy thought, o r a compassionate thought. Whatever the content of the thought may be, when we recognize that a thought has arisen, we look directly at it. In looking at the thought, we see its nature and discover that it is like the nature of the mind itself: it has no location and no substance. It is empty. $0 through the practice of looking at the mind within the occurrence of thought, we transform the mind's apparem poison into healing nectar, which is its true nature.

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