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Buddhadharma : Winter 2010
53 winter 2 01 0 buddhadharma: the practitioner’s quarterly Akusulu is someone who leads a very simple, uncomplicated life and does things easily and without much effort. Similarly, in the resting meditation of a kusulu, we do not go through a lot of effort to do the meditation. It is not examining any- thing thoroughly, it is not studying; we just rest simply in equipoise just as it is. This is extremely important. The reason is that the realization of the nature of the mind is not something we can find by searching for it from afar. It is pres- ent within the essence of the mind itself. If we do not alter or change that in any way, that is enough. It is not as if we were lack- ing something before so we need to make something new through our meditation. It is not as if we are bad and have to go through all sorts of efforts to make ourselves good. Goodness is something we all have. It has always been present within us, but we have just not looked for it or seen it yet, so we have become confused. Therefore all we need to do is to just rest within it without changing it. We see where it stays and rest there, so we are like a kusulu. This means that we rest free and easy with nothing to do, very simply. We do not need to think that we are making something good or that we need to meditate properly. It is enough just to know what we already have. Well then, what do we need to do? We just need to recognize the way our mind is as it is and then rest in equipoise within that, as it is. In the instructions on Mahamudra, this is what we call ordinary mind. This is just knowing how our mind is and what its essence is like, and then resting in equipoise within that. Sometimes we call this the natural state, which just means that we do not change it in any way. Both of these terms mean that we do not analyze or examine too much, nor do we alter things at all. We simply rest in the nature of the mind as it is. That is what we In this teaching on the mind instructions of Dzogchen master Khenpo Gangshar, khenchen thrangu rinpoche explains how the veil of thoughts and emotions is lifted when we rest in the nature of mind as it is, without trying to alter it in any way. Naked Mind Khenpo Gangshar, 1957 photographerunknown