Luminous Mind: The Way of the Buddha by Kyabje Kalu Rinpoche, His Holiness the Dalai Lama

By Kyabje Kalu Rinpoche, His Holiness the Dalai Lama

Luminous Mind is a impressive compilation of the oral and written teachings of the overdue Kalu Rinpoche, who used to be referred to as "a beacon of notion" via the Dalai Lama. A grasp of meditation and chief of the Shangpu Kagyu institution of Tibetan Buddhism, Kalu Rinpoche taught with an inviting, playful, and lucid kind that used to be only one traditional manifestation of his personal profound cognizance. because the Dalai Lama notes in his foreword, Luminous Mind covers "the complete variety of Buddhist perform from the fundamental research of the character of the brain as much as its final refinement within the teachings of Mahamudra." This anthology of Kalu Rinpoche's writings and oral teachings resonates together with his knowledge and compassion. evaluating Kyabje Kalu Rinpoche with Milarepa, the best meditation grasp Tibet has ever identified, His Holiness the Dalai Lama extols the writer of Luminous Mind as a "beacon of thought" for religious practitioners of all traditions, and urges us to delve into this impressive anthology of the past due Kalu Rinpoche's crucial directions in order that we could come across "the complete diversity of Buddhist perform from the fundamental research of the character of the brain as much as its final refinement."

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Through the deepest examination of the mind may we find its innermost root. -The Third Karmapa, Wishes ofMahiimudrii I"""J'""fhe actual experience of the essential nature of mind is beyond words. l wish to describe it is like the situation of a mute who wants to describe the flavor of a candy in his mouth: he lacks an adequate means of expression. Even so, I would like to offer some ideas that hint at this experience. The nature of pure mind can be thought of as having three essential, complementary, and simultaneous aspects: openness, clarity, and sensitivity.

When all these veils or coverings have been removed, there is a complete unveiling, a state of purification called sang in Tibetan. The blossoming of all aspects of space and light that such purification reveals is described by the term gye. " The state of a buddha is the manifestation of qualities inherent to the mind once it has been purified of the veils that obscured it. This unveiling that reveals the mind's inherent pure qualities marks all progress on the path of Dharma practice. 9 s The Game of Illusion Samsara is created by karma.

Such an obscured mind loses the experience of lucid openness and becomes ignorant of its essential nature. Fundamental ignorance is said to be innate, because it is inherent to our LUMINOUS MIND existence; we are born with it. It is, in fact, the point of departure of duality, the root of all delusions and the source of all suffering. 6 When the mind does not know the extent of its openness, instead of experiencing without center or periphery, we perceive everything through one central point of reference.

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