Harnessing The Wisdom Of Emptiness (利用空性的智慧)

The practice of Mahamudra (大手印) and Great Perfection (大圆满) are two of main practices in Tibetan Buddhism. Both of the system trained us to harness the essence of emptiness so as to achieve liberation of our mind.

Master Yanggongpa once said:

"So-called Mahamudra is that the master has nothing to pass on while the students has nothing to understand. What you feel cannot be contaminated. Your unchanged mind is in no way confused. The view cannot be separated. The root, path and result cannot be refined. Hence showing this reality and silents all available dharma. Do not create any order, limitations, liberation and corrections. In such a way that you shall realize the truth yourself and hence self-liberated. This is what Mahamudra really is."

On the other hand, the teaching of Great Perfection is as simple as: "As it is."

So said. Not everyone can attain accomplishments with Great Perfection and the Mahamudra way can normally be followed by other people.

Of course, no one can jump and should jump straight to either Mahamudra or Great Perfection. There are other supplementary exercises that we must follow. For example the 'vase breathing' and the 'vajra recitations'.

As described in the 'Collected Works Of Yanggongpa', the practice of Kalachakra is mainly about 'vase breathing'. It is stated in Kalachakra teaching that our human suffering begins since we are still in our mother's wombs. After we are born, we started to chase after worldly lust and desires and this has further increased our pain and sorrow.

It is due to this sorrow that has caused our mind and body to be in a constant imbalance mode and many illnesses. Our body gradually succumbed to this increasing unbearable pressures.

In order to retain our health and save our body, we must practise 'vase breathing' and consume related herbs so as to bring our body and mind back to order.

There are already many literature about how vase breathing should be performed. I will just quickly skim over the method:

First the dirty is expelled 9 times before the practice of vase breathing. After that, fresh air is slowly inhaled through nostrils into the region 4 fingers' width below the belly. Then using one's mind, the air beneath is lifted to the region as well hence causing the airs to be trapped below the belly. 

One should hold this air as long as possible before releasing. This is the fierce type of breathing technique.

Another type is known as 'vajra recitation' which is the soft breathing type. In vajra recitation, there are two types of exhalation: internal and external.

The internal exhalation refers a technique which leads the exhaled air into one's central channel and the heart center. This karmic air will be transformed into the luminous wisdom air in the central channel.

One the other hand, the external discharge is discharging the air through the whole body.

Generally speaking, the 'vase breathing' purifies the body while the 'vajra recitations' purifies the mind. Only when our body and mind is purified and healthy that we can proceed to a higher level of practices.

I am not trying to preach about Tibetan Buddhism, but to pointout that both 'space/emptiness' and 'air' are two vital ingredients in Buddhist medicine to liberate our troubled mind as well.