Instruction on Three Crucial Statements
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From the murals of Shechen Monastery. Used with permission of Rabjam Rinpoche.
Pith Instruction on the Three Crucial Statements
by Mipham Rinpoche
Ordinary cognizance, free and open,
Is incommunicable in words; you must know it for yourself
When fabrication and fixation are naturally eliminated—
That is what is called ‘knowing the essence of mind’.
Without getting caught up in the tangle of thoughts,
Not losing the experience of the genuine nature,
While not striving with deliberate effort—
That is what is called ‘sustaining meditation’.
When remaining mentally composed,
And all the waves of varied thought, like clouds in the sky,
Bring neither benefit nor harm—
That is what is called ‘immediate freedom’.
This instruction on the three crucial statements
Is to be realized as an inner experience;
Rambling talk and ideas will not lead to understanding.
Written by Mipham Nampar Gyalwa
On the 19th day of the second month of the Fire Monkey (1896).
| Translated by Adam Pearcey, 2021.
Mi pham. "tshig gsum gnad kyi man ngag." In Mi pham gsung 'bum. 32 vols. Chengdu: Gangs can rig gzhung dpe rnying myur skyobs lhan tshogs, 2007. Vol. 32: 467