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 2a.1 - Practice with renunciation

First, as for the individual:

Those who practice this must have renunciation,
Keeping their bodies far from the bustle of civilization;
Keeping their minds far off from the host of complexities;
In such a way, samadhi will quickly be established.

With body and speech distracted by the bustle of activities, and mind distracted by a thousand nets of complexities, if we don’t even establish shamatha, why even mention samadhi? Therefore, keep the body far from the bustle of civilization. Stay alone in a completely solitary place like a remote forest. Keep the mind far from the host of complexities. Then within our being, moistened by shamatha, profound samadhi will be established. The Samadhiraja Sutra says:

Prince, therefore those desiring samadhi should forsake places disturbed by bustling activity, and exert themselves while remaining alone in a solitary place.

It will not be established, while living in a house.

The same text says:

Whoever stays inside or outside a house,
As for attaining completely pure true enlightenment,
Such a buddha has never arisen yet.
They do not exist, and never will.

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