The Great Chariot

by Longchenpa | 268,580 words

A Commentary on Great Perfection: The Nature of Mind, Easer of Weariness In Sanskrit the title is ‘Mahāsandhi-cittā-visranta-vṛtti-mahāratha-nāma’. In Tibetan ‘rDzogs pa chen po sems nyid ngal gso’i shing rta chen po shes bya ba ’...

Part 2b.9 - Summarizing the meaning of the eight means of resting

Of these eight means of resting:

Here within the natural purity of samadhi
Shamatha
and vipashyana are unified.
When we rest within the unborn, that is shamatha.
Vipashyana is simple, luminous emptiness.
They are united by having an essence inseparably one.

With neither grasping nor fixation, there is naturally pure samadhi. This is how to unify shamatha and vipashyana. Abiding in the immediacy of ‘what is’ is shamatha. The luminosity of that time is vipashyana. Although this is said, these are inseparable, and from the time they are labeled as “unity,” they are indivisible. In shamatha, “resting in peace,” any perception of resting in peace is pacified. In vipashyana, “clear seeing,” conceptualization of clear seeing does not occur. Therefore they are inseparably one in the natural state. The Bodhisattva Pitaka Sutra (byang chub sems dpa’i sde snod kyi mdo) says:

The bodhisattva’s shamatha is contemplation of reality. Not even perception of peace exists. Vipashyana sees the view, but never looks back even at the view. What is seen by that is thus genuinely seen.

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