Merit and wisdom

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Merit and wisdom

Post by CrawfordHollow » Thu May 17, 2012 2:26 pm

I recently read a quote from Khenpo Tsultrim Gyamtso Rinpoche saying that practices such as the preliminaries are a sure way to gather merit and clear away obscurations, but it is only through meditating on emptiness that one can accumulate both merit and wisdom. I recently started my ngondro and I am very dedicated to the practice and it takes up most of my time. I am looking for suggestions on how to incorporate more vipashyana into my practice.

I have been studying Madhyamaka for some time now, but am beggining to wonder how far (or how long) this approach will take me. I understand, for example, that a leaf is beyond being one thing or many things, but at what point does that understanding become a realization of emptiness. It seems that many people I have met in the Kagyu lineage have not bothered studying too much Mahayana philosophy, instead relying on the Mahamudra approach of questioning/looking at the nature of their own mind.

My question comes down to approach. How do I approach the wisdom aspect of practice while being intensely involved in ngondro? Should I continue my search inferentially, or take a more direct approach? Is it even appropriate to take the Mahamudra approach at this stage without having been given pointing out instructions?

Please allow me to say that this is my first time posting. I usually do not involve myself with forums, but it seems that all of you are dedicated practictioners. And yes, this is a question for my guru, but I only see him twice a year, and I respect the opinion of others who are further along the path than myself.
Thank you.

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Re: Merit and wisdom

Post by Andrew108 » Thu May 17, 2012 2:43 pm

If you read Khenpo's 'Progressive Stages of Meditation on Emptiness' then this is complimentary to the Ngondro practices you are doing. It's all there.
Then read his songs of realization. The analytical meditations are important but so to is the understanding that the various views on emptiness are understood through practice more than just intellectual clinging. The thing I see more than anything is the idea that Madyamaka is just an intellectual exercise. This is far from the truth. You need to bring the analysis into practice to get an experience of what is being talked about when things are said to be appearance/emptiness inseparable and so forth.
The Blessed One said:

"What is the All? Simply the eye & forms, ear & sounds, nose & aromas, tongue & flavors, body & tactile sensations, intellect & ideas. This, monks, is called the All. Anyone who would say, 'Repudiating this All, I will describe another,' if questioned on what exactly might be the grounds for his statement, would be unable to explain, and furthermore, would be put to grief. Why? Because it lies beyond range." Sabba Sutta.

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Re: Merit and wisdom

Post by mindyourmind » Thu May 17, 2012 3:42 pm

Dualism is the real root of our suffering and all of our conflicts.

Namkhai Norbu

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