By Ju Mipham, Khenpo Shenga, Dharmachakra Translation Committee

Outlining the adaptation among visual appeal and fact, this paintings indicates that the trail to awakening contains forsaking the incorrect and restricting ideals we now have approximately ourselves and the realm round us and beginning ourselves to the unlimited strength of our real nature. via divesting the brain of misunderstanding, the treatise explains, we see issues as they really are. This perception makes it possible for the usual unfolding of compassion and knowledge.

According to culture, Maitreya, the Buddha's regent, taught the foundation textual content of Distinguishing Phenomena from Their Intrinsic Nature to Asanga, who recorded the verses. The textual content is a part of a bigger number of philosophical works that experience turn into classics of the Indian Buddhist culture. This quantity contains commentaries via Khenpo Shenga and Ju Mipham, whose discussions remove darkness from the subtleties of the basis textual content and supply worthy perception into the character of truth and the method of  awakening. Khenpo Shenga and Ju Mipham have been either one of the such a lot influential figures to return out of the Tibetan culture in fresh centuries. Their writings contributed drastically to the flourishing of Buddhist philosophy and perform in Tibet.

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Hence, it is relinquished after the preceding factors. The mark of fixating on realization itself is relinquished after all others. Since the subtle aspiration that involves desiring to attain a higher level of realization is not surrendered in the context of the grounds and paths, association with these marks persists for a long time. Until nonconceptual wakefulness has completely matured, it remains linked with the mind stream in the form of subtle thinking. A u t h e n t ic A p pl ic a t io n On the third topic, the treatise states: Accessing authentic application Likewise contains four points: Application with a focal point, Application without a focal point, 44 D I S T I N G U I S H I N G P H E N O M E N A FROM T H E I R I N T R I N S I C NATURE Application without focusing on a focal point, And the application of focusing on the absence of a focal point.

Hence, these are unshared abodes and so on. The abode— meaning the all-ground consciousness; the seven collec­ tions of awareness; the individual experiences of pleasure and pain; the karma accumulated through intention; death and transference; taking birth in an individual existence; and being both bound in and liberat­ D I S T I N G U I S H I N G P H E N O M E N A FROM T H E I R I N T R I N S I C N A T UR E 21 ed from cyclic existence are all unshared phenomena within individual mind streams.

Since nonconceptual wakefulness will not arise in the correct manner if even one of these focal points is absent, one is advised to practice in the manner described here. Re l in q u ish m e n t of M arks On the second topic, the treatise states: Second, accessing the relinquishment of marks Involves four points as well. One relinquishes the marks O f the discordant, remedies, Suchness, and realization. This brings about, in progression, The complete relinquishment of marks That are coarse, intermediate, subtle, And connected for an extended duration.

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