Friday, July 04, 2008


The experience of mahamudra is the pinnacle of the tradition of
tantra. Maha means "great," and mudra means "sign" or "gesture." To
experience mahamudra is to realize that the literal truth, the
symbolic truth, and the absolute truth are actually one thing, that
they take place on one dot, one spot. One experiences reality as the
great symbol that stands for itself. The bliss of mahamudra is not so
much great pleasure , but it is the experience of tremendous
spaciousness, freedom from imprisonment, which comes from seeing
through the duality of existence and realizing that the essence of
truth, the essence of space, is available on this very spot. The
freedom of mahamudra is measureless, unspeakable, fathomless. Such
fathomless space and complete freedom produce tremendous joy. This
type of joy is not conditioned by even the experience of freedom
itself; it is self-born, innate.

From "Sacred Outlook," in THE HEART OF THE BUDDHA, pages 168 to 169.

All material by Chogyam Trungpa is copyright Diana J. Mukpo and used
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