Apr 14

The Great Way with Kyabje Kalu Rinpoche (Part 10)

Number two is that you train yourself to visualize. Nowadays many Buddhist practitioner, we come to the conclusion that “We must visualize, visualize, visualize”. And that is the first mistake.

You cannot visualize because you do not have the capacity, you know? I have the name of Kalu Rinpoche but I had to endure all the confusion just like any other ordinary being, you know?

So therefore, the first step is to avoid the visualization and simply focus into a rigid form of statues or figures or simplified colors, object or geometry or element. You put it in a front of you, you put your mind to it, you know? You think about that, you look at that, with your mind along with it from top to the bottom, bottom to the top and simply that. And then if your mind is distracted then you breathe out, through your nose, you know? And try to create a some sort of a ground of non-attached state of mind. And then again bring, you know, bring your focus back.

And then slowly, slowly, then you can visualize deities and objects and so on. But in the beginning it is very important to avoid the visualization and the focus in to an object.

And then over the time, you know, then you can attach, you know, you can bring that idea to, to the sound. Like an example, if there’s a river flowing, you know, sound of river flowing, and then don’t imagine “where the river is coming from”, “where the river’s going to”. And just simply having awareness of the sound and the sound itself and meditate your mind, you know?

In, like, the great masters they said, you know, “The Non-meditation is the real meditation”, you know? The real meditation is beyond duality state of mind, you know, beyond any fixation. Sounds good but doesn’t work in the beginning. [Ha Ha] Sounds exciting, you know, but really doesn’t work in the beginning.

So in the beginning we have to, you know, make a firm foundation with that, you know, sort of practice:

  • First is breathing, because that’s what we have, that’s what we, you know, we witness all the time.
  • And then, the second is based on an object.
  • The third is listening to the sound and not falling into the idea of “where the sound is coming from”, or “where the sound is going to” but rather simply meditating in that state of the sound and meditating and simply that. And then slowly changing, adapting that, you know, quality of mind, when people are talking.
  • And then the [fourth] is that when people are actually engaging with you and then you’re having also, having a some sort of awareness along with it.

And that is a very important method that we need to develop. Because without these meditation, you know, and then it cannot create a mindful foundation.


The Great Way with Kyabje Kalu Rinpoche (43′ 21″)
Zoom Meeting – November 24, 2021

To be continued …