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Buddhadharma : Spring 2019
ELIZABETH MONSON 101 a direct experience of this ever-present but subtle aspect of our being is the goal of most Tibetan Buddhist medi- tation practice, but sometimes it can seem like a remote possibility. This original state of our heart–mind is actually not so unfamiliar, though. In truth, we experience it continually throughout our lives. We just may not always recognize it. We so often think we have to find the nature of our mind inside, through deep introspection. But by taking the natural world as guru, we can also tune in to our innate nature outside of what we conventionally think of as our selves. With time and patience, we can come to know there is no dif- ference between “in here” and “out there.” Meditation helps us discover that union between inner and outer, providing a direct experience of their inseparability. To say the entire world becomes the guru means that as we meditate, relax, and dissolve some of our fixa- tion with conceptual thinking, our sense perceptions become clarified, like a windowpane whose surface has been covered with dirt for a long time. Slowly, as the glass is wiped clean, everything becomes clearer. Birdsong is birdsong. The warmth of the sun is just what it is. There is nothing eso- teric or mystical about this. Things just are what they are. Freed from our usual conceptual overlay, our experience of the phenomenal world becomes direct, definite, and clear— photo | Roberto Nickson / Unsplash