My Mystical Devotion

April 1, 2018


Oh, mind that is my teacher,
I meet you by recognizing what I am.
I pray to you by letting go of doubt and hesitation.
I revere you by letting go and settling naturally.

I serve you by resting continuously in how things are.
I provide you with food by resting without strain in empty clarity.
I provide you with drink by knowing attention and distraction make no difference.
I clothe you by knowing appearance and sound as enchantments.

—Excerpt from a song by 12th-century teacher Kyer-gong-pa


I practice Vajrayana. There are three levels to this devotion practice. 


1. Outer relates to this physical world--people, objects, behavior. Devotion to Outer means faith and respect in your teacher, in the Buddha, dharma and sangha. 


2. Inner relates to the knowledge and experiences--meanings of symbols, rituals, and ceremonies, as well as knowledge that arise in practice. Inner devotion means confidence and trust in what is awakening in you. 


3. Secret relates to the mystical--the direct knowing of mind nature, clarity, non-referential compassion, emptiness. Secret devotion is the direct experience of knowing itself.   



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