The Nature of Mind

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Mipham Rinpoche

Ju Mipham Namgyal Gyatso

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The Nature of Mind

by Mipham Rinpoche

Mind’s nature is indivisible emptiness and clarity,
Inexpressible and indestructible, like space.
In seeing it, there is no separate one who sees;
There is but a single, all-encompassing sphere.
Even looker and looking are one and the same.
This view of seeing all at once is unsurpassed,
A centreless, limitless, exceptional experience.
In this fruition in which what has to be done has been done,
There's no seeing at all, and any wish to see,
Any deep longing to discover the view,
Is naturally destroyed from its very depths.
To arrive at such contentment and evenness[1]
Is to be touched by brave Mañjuśrī's beneficent light.

Mipham wrote this on the 17th day of the seventh month, in the year of the Fire Rat (1876). Maṅgalam.

Translated by Adam Pearcey, 2016, with the kind assistance of Alak Zenkar Rinpoche.


Tibetan Edition

Mi pham. "sems kyi rang bzhin." In Mi pham gsung 'bum. 32 vols. Chengdu: Gangs can rig gzhung dpe rnying myur skyobs lhan tshogs, 2007. Vol. 32: 398–399

Version: 1.2-20220421.

  1. Some editions of the Tibetan have khong snyom, but according to Zenkar Rinpoche this is an error for khod snyom.  ↩

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