The Summary of Mahamudra

The Summary of Mahamudra



In the Indian Language: Mahamudra Padametha
In Tibetan: Chagya Chenpo Tsig Dupa
In English: The Summary of Mahamudra


Homage to the state of great bliss!

Concerning what is called Mahamudra:
All things are your own mind.
Seeing objects as external is a mistaken concept:
Like a dream, they are empty of concreteness.

This mind, as well, is a mere movement of attention
That has no self-nature, being only the force of prana.
Empty of identity, like space,
All things, like space, are equal.

When speaking of “Mahamudra”,
It is not an identity that can be shown.
Therefore the mind’s suchness
Is itself the state of Mahamudra.

It is neither something to be contrived nor transformed,
But when anyone sees and realizes it’s nature,
All that appears and exists is Mahamudra,
The great and all-encompassing dharmakaya.

Naturally and without contrivance, allow to simply be,
Letting this unimagined dharmakaya be,
Without seeking, that is meditation training,
But to meditate while seeking is deluded mind.

Just as with space and a magical display,
Cultivating and not cultivating are not a duality,
How can you separate or not separate!
This is a yogi’s understanding.

All misdeeds and harmful actions
Dissolve by simply knowing this nature.
The kleshas are the great wisdom;
Like the jungle on fire, they are the yogi’s helpers.

How can there be staying or going?
What meditation is there by fleeing to a hermitage?
Without understanding this, all possible means
Can never bring more than temporary liberation.

When understanding this nature, what is the need for anything?
While being undistracted from its continuity,
There is neither a composed nor an uncomposed state
To be cultivated or corrected with a remedy.

It is not made out of anything.
Experience self-liberated is dharmadhatu.
Thinking self-liberation is great wisdom.
Nondual equality is dharmakaya.

Like the continuous flow of a great river,
Whatever you do is meaningful,
This is the eternal awakened state,
The great bliss, leaving no room for samsara.

All things are empty of their own identities.
The concept fixed on emptiness has dissolved in itself.
Free of concept, holding nothing in mind;
Is, itself, the path of all Buddhas.

For the most fortunate ones,
I have given this summary of heartfelt advice.
Through this may every single sentient being
Be established in Mahamudra.

This was given orally by the Great Pandita Naropa, to Marpa Chokyi Lodro at Pullahari.


Translation by Erik Pema Kunsang on Dakini Day, December 95


2 thoughts on “The Summary of Mahamudra

  1. Karma Rinchen Tashi

    Reblogged this on Karma Rinchen Tashi and commented:
    I read this summary of Mahamudra after a long but lovely day ending in a peaceful meditation.
    These seem such beautiful words and yet I know I can only see glimpses of their meaning. They are perhaps words that need to be read and read again, and which have meaning that is more felt in calm abiding rather than intellectual understanding. Time will tell.

  2. rroserred

    Hi Karma Rinchen Tashi, What do you go by? Tashi? Thanks for checking in at my blog. I’ve been reading yours, too. When reading one of your posts on thinking, I remembered lines from a chant that I’ve always loved. Maybe you know this: “good and bad, happy and sad, all thoughts vanish into emptiness, like the imprint of a bird in the sky.” From Mikyo Dorje, Karmapa #8, I believe. This post on Mahamudra is lovely. Thank you for posting it.


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