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Buddhadharma : Spring 2008
spring 2008| 46 |buddhadharma great sadhanas or eight herukas of the old tradi- tion. In any case, the fact that the nature of not only the mind, but also the body, is buddha is explained extensively in all anuttara yoga tantras.... What does the practice consist of that brings about the manifestation of these qualities? It con- sists of all the practices of purifying obscurations and gathering the accumulations, but especially the visualization of deities, recitation of mantras, and resting your mind in the even placement of sama- dhi. As you go through these practices, gradually as your familiarization with these innate qualities increases, your degree of obscuration—cognitive obscuration, mental afflictions, and karmic obscu- ration—decreases. As this happens, you come cor- respondingly closer and closer to buddhahood or awakening.... The Completion Stage Then look directly at the meditating mind. All that is meditated upon will vanish into emptiness. The second part, the completion stage, is as fol- lows: by looking directly at the mind that is medi- tating, all that was previously visualized dissolves into emptiness. You do not actually think, “It dis- solves into emptiness,” but rather you direct your mind toward the visualization and look directly at the mind that has been visualizing. Then, the sense of a person visualizing something just dissolves. The mind has no form, color, or substance. It does not exist outside or inside the body, nor in between. Even if you search for it in every direction, it is unreal. It has no origin, location, or destination. It is not nothing; your mind is vividly lucid. It is not single, for it arises diversely as anything. It is not multiple, for everything has one essence. When you look directly at your mind, the mind that has been meditating on Chenrezik, you will observe that it has no physical form or color; in short, it has no substantiality. As far as where the mind is, if you look directly at it, you will see that it is not limited to one location; therefore you can- not say the mind is outside the body, but you also cannot say that it is just inside the body, or that (iTemno.503)ColleCTionofRubinmuseumofART(ACC.#f1996.29.1)