THE TREASURY OF KNOWLEDGE,
Book Eight, Part Four:
Esoteric Instructions, A Detailed Presentation of the Process of Meditation in Vajrayana
by Jamgon Kongtrul Lodro Taye,
translated by Sarah Harding
Dharma Quote of the Week
Sutras, tantras, esoteric instructions, and experiences teach
The vital point of deathlessness, awakening without meditating:
How this body of karma fully ripening
Arises as a naturally pure awareness body.
Visualize the fully ripening karmic body as the deity's form
And meditate without fixation on it.
It is itself inseparable from mind.
No essence of mind is established,
So where is something that dies?
"Death" is just a concept.
The hosts of concepts are nonexistent phenomena of samsara and nirvana.
According to this and other statements, since one's own mind in essence has no real existence whatsoever, it was always unborn. Therefore the great natural liberation of deathlessness is attained. As for this body of fully ripening karma, since it is a conglomeration of inert matter, it is not a basis on which to attribute the designations of birth or death. In fact, the body even arises as a mere appearance of mind.
When one gains confidence in the realization that the mind is unborn and undying, then the body appears as the deity's form in mahamudra and one becomes bound to basic space without erring into the path of deluded appearance. By this kind of instruction one discovers the kaya of union in this lifetime. Even just hearing it can cause one to get enlightened in the intermediate state as the sambhogakaya of the victors. Of the Five Golden Dharmas, it is said to be like the ripened fruit. (p. 248)
--from The Treasury of Knowledge, Book Eight, Part Four: Esoteric Instructions, A Detailed Presentation of the Process of Meditation in Vajrayana by Jamgon Kongtrul Lodro Taye, translated by Sarah Harding, published by Snow Lion Publications
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