An excerpt from a teaching by Jetsunma Ahkon Lhamo from the Dakini Workshop
According to the Buddha’s teachings the great expanse of unborn voidness is the great mother, or the spirit of truth. All potential and all potency, all movement and all display arise from the unborn sphere of truth. According to the Buddha’s teachings, all display, all movement, all potency and all emanation, and in fact, all phenomena of any kind not only arise from the unborn sphere of truth but are inseparable from emptiness, are the same taste as emptiness and therefore are the same nature as emptiness. We should meditate in that way.
The great foundation, the ground, the great basis is the unborn and yet spontaneously complete sphere of truth. Everything that can be seen, touched, felt, tasted, smelled, rises from the sphere of truth. Therefore all conclusions drawn from any such observance also arise from the sphere of truth. The basis of every thought, of every feeling, of every sensation is the same essence as the unborn sphere of truth – inseparable, indistinguishable. Therefore it is undeniable that all phenomena are empty of self-nature. We should meditate like that.
Therefore, when we take refuge, we take refuge in the great mother. For those of us that practice the path, in order to achieve supreme realization, practice to achieve that view. When we take refuge, we take refuge in the understanding that the basis of that refuge is the seed nature, the Buddha nature, which is inseparable from and arises indistinguishable from the unborn sphere of truth. We should meditate like that.
We take refuge on the basis that the ground nature is the Buddha nature. We take refuge as well in the path, which is the display of that foundational nature and we take refuge as well in the outcome, or the fruition, which is enlightenment itself. Although we hold these concepts in our mind as distinguishable concepts they are in fact indistinguishable and inseparable from, and the same as, the foundational nature.
Knowing these things to be true, we can try to understand the many ways in which our practice occurs. Our practice occurs through a certain systematic representation of enlightened images. Most of you recognize this systematic representation as being primarily the Buddha, the Dharma and the Sangha and then, in a more inward way, the Lama, the Yidam (meditational deity), the Khandro and the Dharmapalas. And of course, in the most secret way, we understand the ultimate objects to be the channels, winds and fluids that are the displays of our own enlightened nature.
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