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Anapanasati Retreat 2005 - Dudjom Rinpoche on Meditation

by Viveka

Instruction on Meditation

by H.H. Dudjom Rinpoche

Since everything originates in the mind, this being the root cause of all experience,
whether “good” or “bad”, it is first of all necessary to work with your own mind, not to
let it stray and lose yourself in its wandering. Cut the unnecessary build-up of complexity
and fabrications which invite confusion in the mind. Nip the problem in the bud, so to

Allow yourself to relax and feel some spaciousness, letting mind be to settle naturally.
Your body should be still, speech silent, and breathing as it is, freely flowing. Here, there
is a sense of letting go, unfolding, letting be.

What does this state of relaxation feel like? You should be like someone after a really
hard day’s work, exhausted and peacefully satisfied, mind contented to rest. Something
settles at gut level, and feeling it resting in your gut you begin to experience a lightness.
It is as if you’re melting.

The mind is so unpredictable – there’s no limit to the fantastic and subtle creation which
arise, its moods, and where it will lead you. But you might also experience a muddy,
semi-conscious drifting state, like having a hood over your head – a kind of dreamy
dullness. This is a manner of stillness, namely stagnation, a blurred, mindless blindness.
And how do you get out of this state? Alert yourself, straighten your back, breathe the
stale air out of your lungs, and direct your awareness into clear space in order to bring
about freshness. If you remain in this stagnant state you will not evolve, so when this
setback arises clear it again and again. It is important to develop watchfulness, to stay
sensitively alert.

So, the lucid awareness of meditation is the recognition of both stillness and change, and
the quiet clarity of peacefully remaining in our basic intelligence. Practice this, for only
by actually doing it does one experience the fruition or begin to change.

View in Action

During meditation one’s mind, being evenly settled in its own natural way, is like still
water, unruffled by ripple or breeze, and as any thought or change arises in that stillness it
forms, like a wave in the ocean, and disappears back into it again. Left naturally, it
dissolves; naturally. Whatever turbulence of mind erupts- if you let it be – it will of its
own course play itself out, liberate itself; and thus the view arrived at through meditation
is that whatever appears is none other than the self display or projection of the mind.

In continuing the perspective of this view into the activities and events of everyday life,
the grasp of dualistic perception of the world as solid, fixed and tangible reality (which is
the root cause of our problems) begins to loosen and dissolves. Mind is like the wind. It
comes and goes; and through increasing certainty in this view one begins to appreciate
the humor of the situation. Things start to feel somewhat unreal, and the attachment and
importance which one signifies to events begin to seem ridiculous, or at any rate

Thus one develops the ability to dissolve perception by continuing the flowing awareness
of meditation into everyday life, seeing everything as the self-manifest play of the mind.
And immediately after sitting meditation, the continuation of this awareness is helped by
doing what you have to do calmly and quietly, with simplicity and without agitation.

So in a sense everything is like a dream, illusory, but even so humorously one goes on
doing things. If you are walking, for instance, without unnecessary solemnity or self-
consciousness, but lightheartedly walk towards the open space of suchness, truth. When
you eat, be the stronghold of truth, what is. As you eat, feed the negativities and illusions
into the belly of emptiness, dissolving them into space; and when you are pissing
consider all your obscurations and blockages are being cleansed and washed away.

So far I have told you the essence of the practice in a nutshell, but you must realize that
as long as we continue to see the world in a dualistic way, until we are really free of
attachment and negativity, and have dissolved all our outer perceptions into the purity of
the empty nature of mind, we are still stuck in the relative world of “good” and “bad”,
“positive” and “negative” actions, and we must respect these laws and be mindful and
responsible for our actions.


After formal sitting meditation, in everyday activities continue this light spacious
awareness throughout and gradually awareness will be strengthened and inner confidence
will grow.

Rise calmly from meditation; don’t immediately jump up or rush about, but whatever
your activity, preserve a light sense of dignity and poise and do what you have to do with
ease and relaxation of mind and body. Keep your awareness lightly centered and don’t
allow your attention to be distracted. Maintain this find thread of mindfulness and
awareness, just flow.

Whether walking, sitting, eating or going to sleep, have a sense of ease and presence of
mind. With respect to other people, be honest, gentle and straightforward; generally be
pleasant in your manner, and avoid getting carried away with talk and gossip.

Whatever you do, in fact, do it according to the Dharma which is the way of quieting the
mind and subjugating negativities.


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