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Buddhadharma : Summer 2012
SUMMER 2 0 1 2 BUDDHADHARMA: THE PRACTITIONER’S QUARTERLY 53 unobstructed nature, pure wisdom appearances unendingly manifest so that it never remains in the nothingness extreme of nihilism. Even ordinary karmic phenomena are obs- cured, impure manifestations of the three kayas. For example, the state of deep sleep is the impure manifestation of Dharmakaya, beyond tangible and intangible material appearances. Dreams are the impure manifestation of Sambhogakaya, arising as intangible, subtle appearances beyond daytime’s tangible, gross appearances. Waking phenomena are the impure manifestation of Nirmanakaya, arising as tangible emanations of appearance. Through practice, these impure manifestations become the pure manifestations of the three kayas as they naturally are. From White Sail Clear Light At the time of the meditation of tranquil still- ness and true seeing, although this meditation is not the basic nature of clarity and emptiness just as it is, it is the arising of an aspect of experi- ence that is similar, like the way the form of the sky appears in water. This is called an example demonstrating clear light. The essential nature of wisdom is free from the coverings of experience, like stainless sky. When this is realized, it is called absolute clear light. By realizing the basic nature of the great bliss of the clear light of empty awareness and by con- tinuously sustaining it, when one actually accom- plishes the stages of the path, the consciousness of the five senses will dissolve into mind. Mind will dissolve into the consciousness of alaya. When alaya dissolves into the dharmata of empty clear light, even though there is no consciousness, because consciousness is purified from the root, self-awareness wisdom light will arise like stain- less sky. Thus it is also said. For example, when gold mixed with earth, stone, sand, and so on is melted down and refined, the power of the ordi- nary stain or nature of the elements of earth and stone is reduced more and more, like the gross energy of obscurations, and the quality of the element gold is purified more and more. Eventu- ally the time will come when even the object of purification, the gold itself, will be purified and there will be nothing left. From A Cascading Waterfall of Nectar Thinley Norbu Rinpoche (1931–2011) PHOTOGRAPHERUNKNOWNPHOTOGRAPHERUNKNOWN