Ayang Rinpoche

Ayang Rinpoche is also the founder of two monasteries, in cluding Thupten Shedup Janchub Ling at Bylakupee, Chogyab, and Ayang Tulku, Ayang being the name of a 435-year-old monastery in Kham (eastern Tibet) which is a branch of the Drikung main monastery.Perhaps no Tibetan lama is more identified with the transmission of Phowa to the West than His Eminence Ayang Rinpoche.

Thursday, December 23, 2010

True Nature Of Mind Practice

Tulku Urgyen Rinpoche

When the innate nature is not known, we chase the tail of thoughts. In other words, whenever something pops up we are immediately caught up in that, without hesitating for even a second. Another thing comes up, and we chase after that, and the same with a third and a fourth. There is no break in between. This is due to the two big villains, the two types of ignorance.

The great demon of co emergent ignorance is simply forgetting our natural state. The other ignorance is conceptualizing ignorance. That happens when you forget your natural state and immediately start to for a thought of what is now experienced. These two nasty demons fool all sentient beings, but in fact, they don’t come from anywhere else than one’s own lack of knowing. Sentient beings are basically fooling themselves, continuously. It does not need to be like this. When our self-existing wakefulness becomes stable in itself as undistracted nonmeditation, the twofold ignorance no longer has any control over us. Until that happens, try remaining in natural awareness. Isn’t it true that after a moment the two ignorances arrive? Again recognize, and they vanish without a trace. This is how to get used to rigpa. This is the root of true meditation training.

In the moment of seeing that mind essence is no “thing” to see ----- in that very instant, you no longer need the duality of something seen and someone that sees. This natural unity is called nonmeditation, because it is not created.

In addition to nonmeditation we need to train in non-distraction. As we train in this, it gradually becomes easier and easier, and the moments of rigpa last longer and longer. The training remains exactly the same: undistracted nonmeditation. That is the whole purpose of recognizing mind essence. That is the whole idea of the pointing out instruction.