In this teaching from the August 2015 Introductory talk at the Mahāmudrā retreat at Rangjung Yeshe Gomde Cooperstown, Kyabgön Phakchok Rinpoche explained the purpose of our practice of meditation. Here he stresses that we should know the four qualities of our true mind nature.
- Perceives purely–sees things as pure
- Ultimately free of thinking
Regular Recognition Leads to Pure Perception
We need to understand and become confident of these four qualities. But we also need to habituate ourselves to the recognition through practice–it is not enough to know them intellectually. And as we continue to practice, we will see these four qualities manifest.
Pure perception is not something we create. Yet, we can learn to see things as blessed. If we have judgment and comparison, developing pure perception is very difficult. We cannot “produce” pure perception by forcing or by pretending. Instead, we must relax and realize the natural qualities of mind. Rinpoche explains how we can “flip” things around immediately if we have the habit of recognizing this pure quality.
Most importantly, through the teaching of Mahāmudra, we will realize freedom from thoughts and experience true peace. We will then be beyond ego-clinging, hope and fear. Rinpoche advises us to relax and not to carry hope and fear into our practice. These hopes and fears make it difficult to recognize our mind nature, true freedom.
Natural Great Peace
We can appreciate this true peace when we reflect on the words of Rinpoche’s own meditation master, Nyoshül Khen Rinpoche ( Nyoshül Khenpo Jamyang Dorje 1932-1999) who said:
Rest in natural great peace this exhausted mind,
Beaten helpless by karma and neurotic thoughts
Like the relentless fury of the pounding waves
In the infinite ocean of samsara.
Rest in natural great peace.