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Buddhadharma : Spring 2008
buddhadharma| 49 |spring 2008 When you experience stillness, movement, and awareness in meditation, they seem like three dif- ferent things. There is stillness, there is movement, and then there is the awareness of both of these; yet all three are of the same nature, they are three states of the same mind. Here Karma Chakme says that the mind in stillness is the dharmakaya; the mind in movement is the nirmanakaya; and the awareness that recognizes stillness and movement is the sambhogakaya. Furthermore, because they are not three different things, but rather three dif- ferent manifestations of the same mind, they are collectively the svabhavikakaya, or essence body. In that sense, they are the cause of, or the seed for, the attainment of the trikaya, or three kayas. Here seed refers to the fact that this mind is fully revealed in the context of the fruition, and that recognition or familiarization with this essence is the seed of liberation. Therefore there is no good or bad in terms of stillness wwand movement. Therefore do not choose, but maintain whatever arises. At first repeatedly look for brief periods many times, Then gradually look for longer and longer. Because they are of the same nature, there is no need to prefer stillness over occurrence or movement; one is not better than the other. Do not be selective, just look at the nature of what- ever arises, without feeling that it needs to be one thing and not another. When you first start to practice this, it is important to do so for brief periods. If you try to prolong it for too long, the effort, which is initially unfamiliar to you, will be tiring, and as a result you will get sloppy and allow yourself to become distracted while you are sitting there. For that reason, initially it is best to look at the mind’s nature for very brief moments. Then gradually, as you become more familiar with it, you can prolong the periods of looking at the nature of mind. (iTemno.790)ColleCTionofRubinmuseumofART(ACC.#P1998.30.3)