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Original Innocence by [Traktung Yeshe Dorje]

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an American born spiritual teacher who has taught in the U.S., Cuba, and Europe since 1990. For 22 years he has guided the Tsogyelgar spiritual community outside Ann Arbor, Michigan. His root guru–Lama Thinley Norbu Rinpoche–encouraged him to write so as to clarify Vajrayana Buddhism for western audiences. He has guided the creation of America's largest mural of Tantric art, and overseen the creation of a Western form of doha songs (celebrations of spiritual teaching), now on several CDs. He is president of Wishing Tree Gardens, a non-profit sustainable-agriculture educational program. --This text refers to the paperback edition.

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Original Innocence is the very essence of your mind. Feel it for a moment. Not suffering, not frustration, hope or fear but Original Innocence. Not original sin but Original Innocence. When great mystics and sages come to discover the deepest essence of reality this is what they discover. Their words may vary, the flowering of this realization may find different expression but the essence remains the same because it is Truth.

The mind's day-to-day conceptual functioning is merely the tip of an iceberg. The sum total of your day-to-day identity, even the whole appearing called "the human realm," is the very tip of an iceberg. Beneath this tiny tip is a vast and deep expanse of spiritual mystery. The tip, the day-to-day conundrum, is like the foam on the edge of a rising wave; but your essence is like the ocean's depth. This truth, and the methods to realize it– to make it real in the continuum of your body, feeling, mind, qualities and actions –is the intent of every Buddha's, every mystic's, communication. It is the sole import of the sage's speech and activity.

Mind's essence, timelessly–right now, always–is an expanse of unchanging Original Innocence. Somewhere, deep within, all beings intuit this, and this intuition is precisely what draws the body, mind and heart toward spiritual seeking. The wave is never separate from the ocean. If the wave forgot its union with the ocean and only felt itself to be a separate movement of water, what anxiety it would suffer! It would feel itself to be so temporary, so momentary and at the whim of rise and fall, birth and death. It would desperately search for meaning within the minute span of its existence, not knowing that its meaning is an expression of the deep, and not found in and of its shortness.

The "search" in its immaturity is for partial, temporary meanings within the momentary dimension of appearing. As maturity grows it becomes a search for direct knowing of mind itself. The search is to discover what has always already been the case.

Although the sky appears grey when covered over with clouds it is still blue above the clouds. The clouds are simply adventitious stains, temporary. If you fly up in a plane you can see that there is always already blueness, a stainless sky ultimately unharmed by temporary clouds. --This text refers to the paperback edition.

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  • Publication date : October 28, 2014
  • File size : 2776 KB
  • Word Wise : Enabled
  • Print length : 160 pages
  • Publisher : Hohm Press (October 28, 2014)
  • Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
  • Text-to-Speech : Enabled
  • Language: : English
  • X-Ray : Not Enabled
  • ASIN : B00OZ57TT6
  • Screen Reader : Supported
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