Noble Living, Noble Caring, Noble Dying

Creating Spacious Natural Awareness

Our Noble Living, Noble Caring, Noble Dying team prepared some guided meditations. We can all benefit from the practice of Creating Spacious Natural Awareness. This Guided Meditation takes about 7 minutes, but you might want to set aside about 10 minutes to allow you to set intention, and to rest for a bit in meditation. You may want to share this with friends, clients, families of clients, and caregivers. We also provide a written transcript for those who prefer to read the meditation.

We can practice spacious awareness at any time throughout our day. The practice is refreshing and helps us to re-center and to come back to our own natural goodness. First, we call to mind our intention, and give rise to the wish that all beings be free of suffering and the cause of suffering. And we wish them happiness and the cause of happiness–and vow to bring all beings to complete awakening.

During the meditation, we gently focus attention on our breath. By creating spacious natural awareness, we allow all experiences to manifest, but we don’t follow that. Instead, we simply allow things to unfold, giving space.

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Suggested Reading

Dudjom Rinpoche, The Nyingma School of Tibetan Buddhism, trans. and ed. by Gyurme Dorje and Matthew Kapstein (Boston: Wisdom Publications, 1991), vol. 1, pages 468–474.

Ngawang Zangpo, Guru Rinpoche: His Life and Times, Ithaca: Snow Lion, 2002.

Nyoshul Khenpo, A Marvelous Garland of Rare Gems: Biographies of Masters of Awareness in the Dzogchen Lineage, trans. Richard Barron (Junction City: Padma Publishing, 2005), pages 41–48.

Padmasambhava, Legend of the Great Stupa, Berkeley: Dharma Publishing, 1973

Padmasambhava & Jamgön Kongtrul, The Light of Wisdom, trans. by Erik Pema Kunsang (Boudhanath: Rangjung Yeshe Publications, 1986-1999), pages 43-47 & Appendix 5.

Taranatha, The Life of Padmasambhava, Shang Shung Edizioni, 2005

Tulku Thondup, Masters of Meditation and Miracles, Shambhala, 1996.

Yeshe Tsogyal, Life and Liberation of Padmasambhava, translated by Kenneth Douglas and Gwendolyn Bays (Emeryville: Dharma Publishing, 1978, republished 2008).

Yeshe Tsogyal, Lotus Born: The Life Story of Padmasambhava, Rangjung Yeshe Publications, 2004.

‘The Life of Guru Padmasambhava’ in A Great Treasure of Blessings, The Tertön Sogyal Trust, 2004.