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White Sail: Crossing the Waves of Ocean Mind to the Serene Continent of the Triple Gems
     

White Sail: Crossing the Waves of Ocean Mind to the Serene Continent of the Triple Gems

by Thinley Norbu
 

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Buddhism teaches that enlightenment is our natural state; the problem is that we do not recognize this state, owing to the mind's confusion about its true nature. Thinley Norbu presents the Buddhist view in a way meant to clear up misconceptions and awaken the reader's innate wisdom. Thinley Norbu is a distinguished teacher of the Nyingma lineage of Tibetan Buddhism

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Buddhism teaches that enlightenment is our natural state; the problem is that we do not recognize this state, owing to the mind's confusion about its true nature. Thinley Norbu presents the Buddhist view in a way meant to clear up misconceptions and awaken the reader's innate wisdom. Thinley Norbu is a distinguished teacher of the Nyingma lineage of Tibetan Buddhism and the author of The Small Golden Key and Magic Dance.

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"An inspiration for anyone interested in the Tibetan expression of the Dharma."—The Middle Way

"A powerful guide and antidote to Nihilist-mind; I'll keep this book close at hand for the rest of my life."—Michael Herr, Tricycle

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780834827561
Publisher:
Shambhala
Publication date:
04/10/2001
Sold by:
Penguin Random House Publisher Services
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
224
File size:
1 MB

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Introduction

I
show you the path of liberation.

Whether
you attain liberation is up to you.

Lord
Buddha


From
the beginningless beginning, the essence of nondualistic wisdom mind is pure
and stainless like a mirror. All measureless phenomena can arise through this
unobstructed, mirrorlike quality without causing division between subject and
object. Without division between subject and object, there is no grasping or
clinging and there are no temporary circumstances, so all manifestation is
wisdom display.

From
the beginningless beginning, the essence of all sentient beings' minds is the
same as the Buddha's nondualistic wisdom mind, pure and stainless like a
mirror. But we ordinary sentient beings do not recognize this pure and
stainless wisdom mind because we divide its reflections into subject and
object. By grasping and clinging to subject and object, we prevent ourselves
from recognizing the continuous display of wisdom. Actually, since mind's
essence is pure, obscurations do not exist. But through our misinterpretation
of all phenomena as real and tangible, they become temporary obscurations which
trap us.

As
Omniscient Great Profound Supreme Expanse, Kunkhyen Longchen Rabjam, said:


Self-arising
awareness, the absolute sun,

Is
obscured by both white and black clouds of virtue and nonvirtue.

The
effort of attachment to acceptance and rejection is a turbulent lightning storm.

The
rainfall of delusion's happiness and suffering continuously descends;

Samsara's
seed produces the abundantly growing crops of the six realms.

Alas!
All tormented sentient beings are pitiful.

According
to the Buddhist point of view, intangible mind exists from the beginningless
beginning. This does not mean from the beginning of ego in just one life, but
means that it exists continuously, as the basis of all phenomena, until wisdom
mind is realized and full enlightenment is reached. But through our
misinterpretation, we cause habits which produce different realms of phenomena.
The hell realm is created predominantly through the habit of hatred; the hungry
ghost realm is created predominantly through the habit of greed; the animal
realm is created predominantly through the habit of ignorance; the jealous god
realm is created predominantly through the habit of jealousy; the god realm is
created predominantly through the habit of pride; and the human realm is
created predominantly through the habit of desire.

Among
human beings, the nihilist view is created predominantly from the pessimistic
habit of believing in nothing beyond the tangible qualities of what is
experienced through this life's ego. The eternalist view is created
predominantly from the optimistic habit of believing in a supreme, eternal god.
The Buddhist view goes beyond both nihilism and eternalism.

Buddhists
believe that all phenomena originate from, and are inseparable from, great
emptiness. Great emptiness means the limitless, stainless, unobscured, spacious
origin of all wisdom qualities. Great stainless emptiness wisdom mind contains
and creates all wisdom appearances and qualities through great space. The three
aspects of Buddha's qualities of wisdom body, speech, and mind are the pure
appearance of wisdom mind's display.

Buddha's
wisdom body is inconceivably secret. It can never be defined because it has no
limitation. It reflects any form unobstructedly in infinite aspects, so
ordinary beings cannot find an end to its appearances. Since the source is
inconceivable, the aspects are inexhaustible.

Buddha's
wisdom speech is inconceivably secret. It can never be judged because its
quality is so profound. It reflects any sound unobstructedly in infinite
aspects, so ordinary beings cannot find an end to its expressions. Since the
source is inconceivable, the aspects are inexhaustible.

Buddha's
wisdom mind is inconceivably secret. It can never be known because it is beyond
dualistic mind. It reflects immeasurable knowledge unobstructedly in infinite
aspects, so ordinary beings cannot find an end to its omniscience. Since the
source is inconceivable, the aspects are inexhaustible.



Meet the Author

Thinley Norbu Rinpoche is a preeminent teacher in the Nyingma school of Tibetan Buddhism. The eldest son of His Holiness Düdjom Rinpoche, he is a primary holder of the Düdjom Tersar lineage and is considered to be an emanation of Longchenpa, the great fourteenth-century Nyingma master.

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