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  • Writer's pictureLama Jigme Gyatso

Listening to the Whispers of the Dharmakaya

It is easy to want to do what is right, but it could be difficult to know what is right. It is easy to choose to walk the middle way, it is easy to choose to follow your bliss, it is easy to choose not to be so heavenly bound that you’re no earthly good, but how are we to know exactly how to do these things. The secret could be found in Buddhist art.

In many Tibetan thangkas we see the yogi Mila painted with his hand cocked behind his ear. This image is often described as “Mila listening to the whispers of the Dharmakaya.” This is a reference to the union of awareness and acquiescence known as Sutra Mahamudra.

An excellent preparatory practice for this is the act of blending the four bases of mindfulness, with love, letting-go, metaphor and mantra known as Tantra Mahamudra. And an excellent preparatory practice for that is the union of bliss and emptiness known as Bindu Mahamudra.

Practice these three Mahamudras every twelve hours and in a week or so you could intuitively side-step the extremes of contrivance and scatteredness and instead find your choices, utterances, and deeds flowing from centered spontaneity.

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