17th Gyalwa Karmapa"Buddhism is a way of life through which we develop the qualities of our mind.
This way of life is very unusual, as it is a means to attain happiness without harming others.

THE 17th GYALWA KARMAPA

Teachings

Key Instructions

 by Lama Gendun Rinpoche


Happiness - An instruction expressed spontaneously

Happiness cannot be found
 through great effort and willpower,
 but is already here, right now, 
in relaxation and letting go.


Don't strain yourself, there is nothing to do.


Whatever arises in the mind 
has no importance at all,
 because it has no reality whatsoever.


Don't become attached to it.

Don't pass judgement.


Let the game happen on its own,
 emerging and falling back - without changing anything -
and all will vanish and begin anew, without end.


Only our searching for happiness prevents us from seeing it.


It is like a rainbow which you run after without ever catching it.


Although it does not exist, it has always been there
and accompanies you every instant.


Don't believe in the reality of good and bad experiences; 
they are like rainbows.


Wanting to grasp the ungraspable you exhaust yourself in vain.


As soon as you relax this grasping,
there is space - open, inviting and comfortable.


So make use of it. Everything is already yours.
Search no more,


Don't go into the inextricable jungle
looking for the elephant who is already quietly at home.


Nothing to do,
nothing to force,
nothing to want
and everything happens by itself.
 
A Word of Advice if you meditate

Leave this mind of yours 
in its natural state where there is nothing artificial.


In this state, seeing a thought move,
rest on it, relaxed.


In this state, stability will come.


No attachment to stability
 no fear of movement,
 aware that there is no difference 
between stability and movement, 
mind arising from mind.


In this state, where there is no grasping, no attachment,
rest natural and relaxed.


In this state, natural reality itself,
 the essence of your own mind,
 primordial awareness, empty clarity
will arise… and you won't know what to say.


In this state you will settle, suspended and relaxed.


Without grasping at the stability as something,
naturally in place, naturally free;


without seizing on or rejecting the mind's productions,
please settle… THERE.

Tendrel 3, January 1983
 
A Further Word of Advice

Outside and inside,


The universe and what's in it,


Everything-my own apparition.


The apparition is mind,
Appearing yet empty,

empty yet appearing,


Appearing and empty with no distinction,


Unreal, like a dream or a magical illusion :
Not there, but appearing nonetheless.


By understanding it as a moon in the water,
We disentangle ourselves completely


From the attachment and clinging of fixing on everything.


Then there's only giving ourselves up to relaxation


In an uncontrived release
On the fresh essence of awareness, self-aware.


Apart from this, there's no other thinking or meditating to do there.


Without thinking, acting, meditating or being distracted,


Please just sink naturally and "meditate" like that.

Tendrel 4, July 1983
 
Still More Advice

Don't send the mind in search of itself,
there is no mind, its essence is empty,
and yet while empty, it is unstoppable 
and everything is clear.


In the great ease where clarity and emptiness are not two,
be a master meditator of the undistracted meditation of non-meditation.

Tendrel 12, July 1987
 
A Little Song about the completely pure essence that slipped out of my mouth.

To be beyond all grasping at subject and object, is the king of views.


No action, no meditation, no distraction, is the king of meditations.


Absence of effort and strain, no rejecting, no keeping, is the king of actions.


When beyond all hope and fear, the fruit is obvious.


Beyond objective reference points, in the absence of mind, mind's nature is clear.


By not crossing levels and paths, we step on to the Buddha's path.


When meditating without an object of meditation, unsurpassable buddhahood is reached.

Date unknown - translated from the Tibetan by Lama Rinchen
 
Reproduced here with kind permission.
 Talk originally appeared in Dhagpo Kundreul Ling

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