Songs

Khenpo Tsültrim Gyamtso Rinpoche Teaches

A Profound Method

For the beginning mahamudra practitioner, it is important to meditate in brief sessions. One way to do this is through singing Milarepa songs. One way to proceed is to sing a song and then rest briefly in the meditation. This is profound upaya for mahamudra practice, because what is pointed out in the songs is the view, meditation, conduct, and related areas, presented in the truly profound words of Milarepa. While singing, one is developing mindfulness of these, which then carries over into the meditation. And having rested for a brief time in meditation, one could then sing another song presenting view, meditation, conduct, and fruition from a somewhat different angle.

If you adopt this technique, your understanding of view, meditation, conduct, and fruition will develop and, not only that, these different aspects of the practice will develop together, in a simultaneous and integrated fashion. This is a profound method for practicing mahamudra in brief sessions.

Khenpo Tsultrim Gyamtso Rinpoche, Enhancing the Practice of Mahamudra, Karmê Chöling, Summer 1994, pp. 180-181. Translated by Jim Scott.

Study Your Own Mind

Milarepa did not give explanations based only on listening and reflecting. Rather, his songs came from the wisdom overflowing from his meditation. They are not merely words. Because they come directly from his meditative realization, they are extraordinary. Milarepa sang, “I study my mind and therefore all appearances are my texts.” Since he was studying his own mind, appearances manifested as texts. Since he was never apart from appearances, he was never apart from his texts. He also sang, “If you want appearances to be your texts, study your own mind.” When you know the true nature of your mind, appearances will be your teachers.

Khenpo Tsultrim Gyamtso Rinpoche, The Melody of Dharmata – Verses on the Profound View of the Middle Way, Vajravairochana Translation Committee, 2006, P. 84. Translated by Ari Goldfield.