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Wisdom Meditations

Vimalamitra Sem Dzin (tib.)

Concentration and calming down (skt. shamatha)

Analytical meditation (skt. vipashyana)

Non-meditation (skt. abhavana)

Wisdom Meditations is a 12-part teaching of Vimalamitra, the great dzogchen master. It contains techniques for calming of the body, mind and emotions through concentration and mindfulness (shamatha), and instructions of analytical meditation (vipashyana) that leads to increasing insight of the empty nature of mind. Wisdom Meditations are sutric (sutra) practices that lead to the natural state, or dzogchen. Unlike tantric practices there is no empowerment for Wisdom Meditations but practicing them together with a teacher is beneficial.

Wisdom Meditations are suitable to both beginners as well as to experienced practitioners. In Open Heart, where the main practice is tantric (Open Heart Yoga) Wisdom Meditations are supplementary practices.

The first techniques of the series (1-7) are meditation exercises which are meant to calm one's body and mind. Practices 8-12 are vipashyana exercises that reveal the selfless nature of throughts and emotions. Thanks to Vimalamitra, throughout the series there are certain secrets in the practices that gives them a distinct dzogchen-flavour that not only help the practitioner advance in shamatha and vipashyana but also reveal the natural state more effectively.

Like all other practices, Wisdom Meditations are based on bodhicitta, for the liberation and benefit of all beings, as well as Refuge.

Wisdom Meditations

  1. Following of the breath: 1, shamatha with support

  2. Following of the breath: 2, shamatha with support

  3. Following of the breath: 3, shamatha with support

  4. Following of the breath in the whole body, shamatha with support

  5. Movement of the breath at the heart, constant expansion, shamatha with support

  6. Awareness of the central channel, shamatha with support

  7. Awareness of the wide open space, shamatha with support

  8. Aware of the I-sensation and it's analysis. Vipashyana of the subject-self. Find instructions here.

  9. Unified space, without a reference point, shamatha without support

  10. Analysis of the objects appearing in the bodymind. Vipashyana of the object-selves.

  11. Boundless freedom, nonmeditation, dzogchen meditation (tib. trekcho, skt. abhavana).

  12. Momentary maximization of concentration and relaxation with mere intention

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