Ringu Tulku Rinpoche
Teachings on Bodhicharyavatara
Chapter 8: Meditation
This is a very important stanza stating that a combination of strong Shamatha meditation accompanied by Vipassyana will completely eradicate the kleshas. Rinpoche emphasises the importance of the insight aspect, or Vipassyana (Tibetan: Lhaktong) without which he says we will not achieve a stable meditation practice. He goes on to discuss the sixth (mind) consciousness, which is what we work on in meditation, and reminds us that we must eliminate attachment to the other five, those of sight, hearing, smell, touch and taste which are dependent on mind to retain their power. Shamatha practice helps us to begin the work of detaching ourselves from sense consciousness. As long as we remain attached to these we will be mentally disturbed, distracted by sense objects, and caught in samsara; we will be unable to be at peace, and not achieve the desired liberation.
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