I. The Mahāmudrā view:

I will speak of Mahāmudrā:
All things are one’s own mind.
Perceptions of external objects are mistaken concepts,
Like dream, devoid of substance.

Mind itself is the action of associative memory
Lacking self-nature, powered by currents (prti!Jil),
Devoid of identity like the sky.
All things are equivalent like space.

That which is called Mahāmudrā
Does not exist by some inherent nature,
Thus the reality of mind itself
Is the nature of Mahāmudrā.

2. Mahāmudrā meditation:

In it there’s no modification or change.
When someone experiences the sight of reality,
The whole apparent world is Mahāmudrā,
The great all-pervading dharma-body.

Remain relaxed in natural unmodification.
Abide in meditation without seeking
The inconceivable dharma-body;
Meditation that seeks is a mistaken concept.

Just like the sky and visions therein
Meditation and nonmeditation are not two-
Of what is it free or not free?
That’s how a yogi seeks realization.

3. Mahāmudrā behavior:

All actions virtuous and evil
Are liberated by knowing Mahāmudrā;
Afflictive states are great gnosis
Supporting the yogi as a forest supports a fire.

Where are going and staying?
Why go into retreat to meditate?
One who hasn’t realized reality
Won’t be liberated more than temporarily.

At death one who’s realized reality
Remains unwavered in that state;
No meditation, no correction by antidote,
No “equanimity” or “nonequanimity.”

4. Mahāmudrā as result:

Here nothing at all truly exists:
Appearances are the naturally liberated dharma-realm,
Thoughts the great naturally liberated gnosis
The nondual, all equivalent dharma-body.

Like the current of a mighty river
Whatever you do is purposeful.
This is eternal buddhahood,
Great bliss beyond samsara’s reach.

Things are naturally devoid of identity,
The concept of voidness itself naturally pure
Free of concepts, no mental fixation at all
This is the path of all buddhas.



Quoted in the “Drinking the mountain stream”