Homage to the Vajra Dakini! Mahamudra is beyond description. But for your sake, O Naropa, my most devoted disciple, who is diligent in ascetic practice and exertion, this shall be said: Space lacks any locality at all. Likewise, Mahamudra rests on naught. Thus, without making effort, abide in the pure primordial state, and the fetters that bind you will simply drop away. Just as when looking into the open sky, fixed concepts of centre and circumference dissolve, So, if with mind one perceives the mind, mental activity ceases; then is it, that Enlightened-mind is realized.

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Let go and rest naturally. Let what binds you let go and freedom is not in doubt. Likewise, when mind looks at mind, The flow of thinking stops and you come to the deepest awakening.

They go nowhere, nor do they stay. Likewise, though thoughts arise, Whenever you see your mind, the clouds of thinking clear. Likewise, your mind, in essence, is beyond color or shape. It does not change because you do good or evil. Likewise, eons of samsara cannot dim The sheer clarity that is the essence of your mind. Do not talk or speak: let sound be empty, like an echo. Do not think about anything: look at experience beyond thought. Your mind goes beyond thought, open like space.

Let go of control and rest right there. Train and develop this and you will come to the deepest awakening. Thinking about precepts undermines the point of commitment. Do not think about anything; let all ambition drop. Let what arises settle by itself, like patterns in water.

No place, no focus, no missing the point — Do not break this commitment: it is the light in the dark. When you settle in this, all evil and distortion burn up. The currents of samsara constantly carry them away. Oh, how pitiable, the foolish — their struggles never end. When his her energy enters your heart, your mind is freed. Conventional ways are pointless. Focus on what is sound and true. Majestic outlook is beyond all fixation. Majestic practice is no distraction.

Majestic behavior is no action or effort. The fruition is there when you are free from hope and fear. Where there is no path you begin the path of awakening. Where there is nothing to work on you come to the deepest awakening. Look carefully at this experience of the world. Nothing lasts. The dream, the magic, makes no sense. Experience this grief and forget the affairs of the world. Rest, not practicing anything. When you come to nothing to come to, you come to mahamudra.

Cut the root and ten thousand branches wither. Likewise, cut the root of mind and the leaves of samsara wither. A single light dispels it all.

Likewise, one moment of sheer clarity Dispels the ignorance, evil and confusion of a thousand eons. If you want to know what is beyond intellect and action, Cut your mind at its root and rest in naked awareness.

Let appearances come and go on their own. With nothing to change, the world you experience becomes mahamudra. Because the basis of experience has no beginning, patterns and distortions fall away. Rest in no beginning, with no self-interest or expectation. Let what appears appear on its own and let conceptual ways subside.

The most majestic of practices is vast and deep without limit. The most majestic of behaviors is open-minded and impartial. The most majestic of fruitions is natural being, free of concern. Using gazes and techniques to take hold of mind Train awareness until it does truly rest. The balancing of method and wisdom transforms energy. Let it descend gently, collect it, draw it back up, Return it to its place, and let it saturate your body.

When you are free from longing and desire, empty bliss awareness arises. You will radiate health and well-being and be as strong as a lion. You will quickly attain the ordinary abilities and open to the supreme one. May these pith instructions, the essentials of mahamudra, Abide in the hearts of all worthy beings. Naropa transmitted the teaching in Sanskrit in the form of twenty eight verses to the great Tibetan translator Mar pa Chos kyi blos gros, who made a free translation of it at his village of Pulahari on the Tibet — Bhutan border.

Zasep Tulku Rinpoche, illustrated by Ben Christian. Zasep Rinpoche is popularly known for his approachable teaching style, strong humor and teachings based on a long lineage of great lamas. Rinpoche is spiritual director of many temples, meditation centres and retreat centres in Australia, the United States and Canada. He was first invited to teach in Australia by Lama Thubten Yeshe in


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