by H.E. the late Thuksay Rinpoche Guru of H.H. the Twelfth Gyalwang Drukpa
from Sogyal Rinpoche a long time ago.
There is a short cut in Buddhism. Some of you say you do not need a teacher, you can do it by yourself. There is a way of doing it by yourself. Just take Padmasambhava, sit, and invoke him day and night until you find him. If anyone really wants to go beyond their limits and experience something deeply, instead of trying out understanding and meditaiton, try with the heart of devotion.
This is especially good for those whose hearts are not so open.
Sometimes people are afraid when we talk of the heart.
'What have I landed myself in? I just wanted meditation, this is too close to home'. You hesitate a little, you have heart but it is all bottled up. Sl slowly warm it up by putting on the warmth of Padmasambhava.
Geshe Tönpa answered the dividing line between Dharma and non-Dharma:
If it counteracts negative emotions it is Dharma. If it doesn't, it is non-Dharma.
If it doesnt fit worldly ways it is Dharma, If it fits, it is non-Dharma.
If it fits with the scriptures and your instructions it is Dharma. If it doesn't fit, it is non-Dharma.
If it leaves a positive imprint it is Dharma. If it leaves a negative imprint it is non-Dharma.
Master Chegom says:
To believe in the effects of actions is the right view for those of ordinary faculties. To realize all inner and outer phenomena as the union both of appearance and emtiness, and of awareness and emptiness, is the right view for those of higher faculties. To realize that the view, the one who holds it and realization itself are indivible is the right view for those of the highest faculties.
To keep the mind totally concentrated on its object is the correct meditation for those of ordinary faculties. To rest concentrated on the four unions (the union of appearances and emptiness, awarness and emptiness, bliss and emptiness, and clarity and emptiness) is the right meditation for thoses of higher faculties.A state of non-conceptualization in which there is no object of meditation, no meditator and no meditative experience is the right meditation for those of highest faculties.
To be as wary about the effects of actions as one is careful to protect one's eye is the right action for those of ordinary faculties. To act while experiencing everything as a dream and an illusion is the right action for those of higher faculties. total non-action (acting without conceptualizing, the action and the object are without intrinsic reality') is the right action for those of the highest faculties.
The progressive diminution of ego-clinging, negative emotions and thoughts is the sign of "warmth" for all practioners, be they of ordinary, higher or highest faculties.
The great Longchenpa Says:
Knowledge is as infinite as the stars in the sky;
There is no end to all the subjects one could study.
It is better to grasp straight away the very essence-
The unchanging fortress of the dharmakaya.
Hearing the Dharma, reflecting on it and meditating upon it should go hand in hand. The peerless Dagpo says:
To churn together study, reflection and meditation on the Dharma is an infallible essential point.