Pointing out innate Mind-Essence

Das Folgende ist eine Pointing-out-Instruction aus dem Buch “Clarifying the Natural State – A Principal Guidance Manual for Mahamudra“. Absolut klar und eindeutig ausgedrückt, besser geht es nicht! Das PDF-Buch ist unten verlinkt.

S.40: Let your mind be as it naturally is without trying to correct it. Now, isn’t it true that all your thoughts, both subtle and gross, subside in themselves? Rest evenly and look to see if this mind doesn’t remain calm in its own natural state.

The master lets the disciple look.
That’s called shamatha.

During this state, do not become dull, absent-minded or apathetic. ls it not true that you cannot verbally formulate that the identity of this mind is such-and-such, nor can you mentally form a thought of it?

Rather, isn’t it a totally unidentifiable, aware, unconfined and lucid wakefulness that knows itself by itself? Within the state of evenness, look to see whether it isn’t an experience without any ‘thing’ experienced.

The master then lets the disciple look.
That’s called vipashyana.

Here, these two are mentioned sequentially, but in actuality this kind of shamatha and vipashyana are not separate. Rather, look to see if this shamatha isn’t the vipashyana that is an unidentifiable, self-knowing, natural awareness. Also look to see if this vipashyana isn’t the shamatha of abiding in the natural state untainted by conceptual attributes.

Rest evenly and look!
The master lets the disciple look.

That’s called the unity of shamatha and vipashyana. Both are contained within your present mind. Experiencing and recognizing this is called the birth of meditation practice.

This is what is given many names, such as “buddhamind, mind-essence of sentient beings, non-arising dharmakaya, basic natural state, innate mind, original wakefulness, Mahamudra“, and so forth. And this is what all the sutras and tantras, true treatises and instructions aim at and lead to.

Having said this, if the master prefers, he can inspire further confidence by giving relevant quotations from the scriptures. Otherwise, it may not be necessary to say more than the following, since some people of lesser intelligence may get confused when the explanation is too long.

The meaning in a nutshell is this: allow your mind to be as it naturally is, and let thoughts dissolve in themselves. This is your innate mind, which is an unidentifiable, self-knowing, natural awareness. Remain one-pointedly in its continuity and do not get distracted. During the daily activities between breaks as well, try to keep this kind of mindfulness undistractedly as much as you can.
S.51: This being so, you should sustain presence of mind in stillness when calm, in thinking when thoughts occur and in perceiving when perceptions take place. Do not deliberately try to think when still or prevent a thought when it occurs. No matter what your state may be – lucidly clear, totally empty, suffused with bliss or completely restless – simply remain undistracted. You do not need to modify or correct anything.

In short, everything is meditation training when you have naturally aware presence of mind and nothing is meditation when you are distracted. Therefore, understand the great importance of maintaining this mindfulness. At some point, when mindfulness and your mind are no longer different entities, everything turns into the nature of mindful presence and it is ‘smooth sailing’ from then on.

[Clarifying the Natural State (PDF) S.40 ff,  Deutsch]

Kommentare und Erläuterungen zum Thema dieses Beitrages:
1.  On Awakening: No-Thought
2. Internally directed thoughts as a reward function for Enlightenment

Auszug aus On Awakening: No-Thought

What actually happened was something absurdly simple and unspectacular: I stopped thinking. A peculiar quiet, an odd kind of alert limpness or numbness, came over me. Reason and imagination and all mental chatter died down. For once, words really failed me. Douglas Harding

I want to share the main features of a permanent shift that began in January, 1972. My experience, indeed my life, became noticeably different than had been before that date: behind everything I am and do now came to be a sense of silence, a bottomless emptiness, so open as to be without end. This silence bears a sense of spaciousness, or vastness, which extends in every direction. This silent expanse is not something I have to remember to be; it takes absolutely no effort to maintain it. It is as effortless to be this as it is to have a right hand. Though it rapidly became too normal or everyday to seem amazing or ecstatic, it is quite pleasant and peaceful. Since that day, it has been what I am: not the me that does dishes, that worries when I have to write an article, or the me that feels alone or scared or happy. But vast silence has been the me that watches and lives and holds it all.
Robert Forman [Network Review 2012, P. 12 ff]