The great Mahasidda Tilopa said to Naropa: “Mahamudra cannot be taught.” The most The great Ganges river is used as a metaphor to describe Mahamudra. – Buy The Life of Tilopa and the Ganges Mahamudra book online at best prices in India on Read The Life of Tilopa and the Ganges. Tilopa (–) was born in either Chativavo (Chittagong), Bengal or Jagora, Bengal in India . External links[edit]. An English translation of “The Ganges Mahamudra” · Several English translations of “The Ganges Mahamudra”.

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This was translated and written down at Pullahari in the north by the great Naropa and the great Tibetan translatorthe king among translatorsMarpa Chokyi Lodro. When you practice with a sexual partner, empty bliss awareness arises.

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Though we say “the mind is a bright light,” It is beyond all words and symbols. For example, the nature of space is beyond color and shape, Untainted and unchanged by black or white.

Therefore, abandon worldly pre-occupations, renounce distinctions of caste and race, the cause of attachment and aversion, and meditate alone in forest, mountains and solitary places. Remain in that state without meditation. If mind has no direction, it is Mahamudra. What do you experience? Thus practicing, in time you will reach Buddhahood.

The body is without meaning, empty like a bamboo stalk. Now, here we jump straight into the deep end of the pool, so to speak. The highest vision opens every gate; The highest meditation plumbs the infinite depths; The highest activity is ungoverned yet decisive; And the highest goal is ordinary being devoid of hope and fear. So, mahamudra cannot be taught. Let what appears appear on its own and let conceptual ways subside. The union of skillful means and knowledge brings blessings.


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Tilopa’s Mahamudra Teaching to Naropa

A single light dispels it all. Rest relaxed in that state without sending it out or placing it in, letting it go or attempting to place it.

Free of intellectual conceits, disavowing dogmatic principles, The truth of every school and scripture is revealed. The conceptualized maintenance of vows actually causes you to impair the meaning of samaya.

And one of his principle students was Naropa. By habituating yourself to that, unsurpassable awakening is attained.

The way of Mahamudra creates no closure. Renounce it and forsake your kin, Cut the strings of lust and hatred, Meditate in woods and mountains. At first your karma is like a river falling through a gorge; In mid-course it flows like a gently meandering River Ganga; And finally, as a river becomes one with the ocean, It ends in consummation like the meeting of mother and son.

If you perceive space, The fixed ideas of center and boundary dissolve. Tilopa was born into the priestly caste — according to some sources, a royal family — but he adopted the ganegs life upon receiving orders from a dakini female buddha whose activity is to inspire practitioners who told him to adopt a mendicant and itinerant existence.


Likewise, mahamdura mind looks at mind, The flow of thinking stops and you come to the deepest awakening. Foe example, just as the nature of space transcends color and shape, and just as space is therefore unaffected or unchanged and unobscured by the various colors and shapes that occur within it, in the same way the essence of your mind transcends color and shape, and therefore, is never obscured or affected by the various colors and shapes of virtue and wrongdoing.

You will quickly attain the common siddhis or attainmentsand you will come to alight in or attain the supreme siddhi as well. May it be virtuous! Though it may be said that space mahhamudra empty, Space cannot be described. In beginners, this is similar to water [gushing down] a gorge.

Likewise, the mahamudrw of your own mind transcends color and shape, Not tainted by the black and white phenomena of good and evil. Write a product review. Introduction to text; historical context; Tilopa and Naropa; three doors to practice; Mahamudra as a way of experiencing; metaphors of space; letting experience be just as it is; meditation instruction for the next week: