The great Mahasidda Tilopa said to Naropa: “Mahamudra cannot be taught.” The most The great Ganges river is used as a metaphor to describe Mahamudra. – Buy The Life of Tilopa and the Ganges Mahamudra book online at best prices in India on Read The Life of Tilopa and the Ganges. Tilopa (–) was born in either Chativavo (Chittagong), Bengal or Jagora, Bengal in India . External links[edit]. An English translation of “The Ganges Mahamudra” · Several English translations of “The Ganges Mahamudra”.

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Ganges Mahamudra by Tilopa (translated by Lama Yeshe Gyamtso)

Not caught up in perceptions, nor caught in desire, seeking nothing, abiding in the self alone, one simply lets consciousness flow like a wave in the great ocean. In other projects Wikimedia Commons Wikiquote.

Though darkness gathers for a thousand eons, A single light dispels it all. Gandhi through bringing India into independence with relatively little violence.

The union of skillful means and knowledge brings blessings. Through what springs from wanting, you do not see luminosity, but it obscures. Where there is nothing to work on you come to the deepest awakening.

So, in this first verse then on what does space depend, and what depends on space? Through different eye-gazes and concentration practices, Discipline your mind until mahamudrra rests naturally. Composed in a blessed union of insight and means, Slowly send down, retain and draw back up the bodhichitta, And conducting it to the source, saturate the entire body. That became tummo in the Tibetan tradition.

At first a yogi feels his mind Is tumbling like a gganges In mid-course, like the Ganges It flows on slow and gentle; In the end, it is a great Vast ocean, where the Lights Of Son and Mother merge in one. For example, it is like the luminous mahakudra of the sunwhich could never be obscured even by the darkness of a thousand eons.


Gazing intently into the empty sky, vision ceases; Likewise, when mind gazes into mind itself, The train of discursive and conceptual thought ends And supreme enlightenment is gained.

Tilopa’s Mahamudra Teaching to Naropa

Stop all physical activity: When you practice with a sexual partner, empty bliss awareness arises. The two versions vanges in the order of the verses and in the wording of some lines. Know all the phenomena of Samsara as worthless; just the causes of attachment and aversion. Do not try to stop appearances as they arise, for Mahamudra is beyond acceptance and rejection.

Let go and rest naturally. Allow the cloudy mabamudra of thought to clarify itself or to clear itself.

Likewise, when mind looks at mind, The flow of thinking stops and you come to the deepest awakening. By virtue of entering this practice, may all obstacles to the realization of Mahamudra dissolve away.

If you wish to attain or realize that which is beyond the intellect and is uncreated, then scrutinize your mind and strip awareness naked. Goodness comes from this practice now done, let me not hold it just in me, let it spread to all that is known and awaken good throughout the world. The one who abandons craving for authority and definition, and never becomes one-sided in argument or understanding, alone perceives the authentic meaning hidden in the ancient scriptures.

Through grace adhisthana they may be sure of deliverance. Free of intellectual conceits, disavowing dogmatic principles, The truth of every school and scripture is revealed.

The body is essentially empty like the stem of a reed, And the mind, like pure space, utterly transcends the world of thought: Though we say that space is empty, the actual nature of this vacuity defies description.

So what happens if you just let it go? From Chinese Buddhist Encyclopedia. With this you will attain unsurpassable awakening. I mean, we think of a gatekeeper as a guy who just sits and lets people in.


The way of Mahamudra creates no closure. Through many techniques or branches such as gaze and holding the mindtighten awareness until it stays put, exerting tension or effort until awareness comes to rest in that state or in its nature.

We would also appreciate your feedback on Chinese Buddhist Encyclopedia. Impermanent is this world.

Like the morning mist that dissolves into thin air, Going nowhere but ceasing to be, Waves of conceptualization, all the mind’s creation, dissolve, When you behold your mind’s true nature.

The universe exists in a deep, elusive way that can never be grasped or frozen. Now that takes a little bit of practice. When there is no path, the path of the buddhas is entered.

Natural Awareness: Mahamudra texts

The body is without pith, just like a bamboo cane. During the day, he was grinding sesame seeds for his living. The unborn alaya is without habits and veils. Those who follow tantra and the vehicle of gantes paramitas, the Vinaya, the Sutras, and the various teachings of the Buddha with an attachment for their individual textual traditions and their individual philosophy will not come to see luminous Mahamudra, because the seeing of that luminosity or clear light is obscured by their intention and attitude.

Likewise, gangrs you cut the root of mind, The various mental activities will subside. Boundless vastness is the supreme monarch of meditations.

The most majestic of practices is vast and deep without limit. Look at the nature of mahamudr world, Impermanent like a mirage or dream; Even the mirage or dream does not exist.