Friday, March 25, 2016

Develop the Mind of the Dakini (In Four Parts)

In order to prove self-nature to be inherently real we rely on sensual experience. This equation is not logical. In this video from 1989 Jetsunma Ahkon Lhamo takes us on a journey into our assumptions of our nature and contrasts them with enlightened mind and supreme generosity. Jetsunma Ahkon Lhamo is an enthroned tulku within the Palyul lineage of the Nyingma tradition of Tibetan Buddhism. In the late 1980s, she gained international attention as the first Western woman to be named a reincarnate lama.

The Buddha teaches that there is a nature that is the true nature that cannot be understood in terms of understanding 'something'. This nature is not contained within a conceptual, and therefore aberrant, framework. This nature as a state of awareness is not 'from something to something' it does not posit an object outside experience. It is an awareness that is free from ideation. There is not a specific subject and object within this state of awareness. It is not intellectual, nor is it emotional. There is no separation from it within it. Every thought we have about what supreme generosity should be about is based on our sole desire to prove self-nature. It is understood in such a way to cause us to believe generosity as a set of rules (like a moral code) that one has to follow in order to 'be generous'. Utilizing supreme generosity in that way makes for a lesser accomplishment. It is too superficial.

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