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Luminosity (Vajrayana)

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Luminosity or clear light (Tibetan od gsal, Sanskrit prabhāsvara), in Vajrayana, Tibetan Buddhism and Bon, refers to the nature of mind experienced in deep sleep and death.[1][2] This is one of the Six Yogas of Naropa. In his commentary, Pema Karpo says that the clear light is experienced briefly by all human beings at the very first moment of death, by advanced yogic practitioners in the highest states of meditation, and unceasingly by all Buddhas.[3]

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DefinitionsEdit

Patrul Rinpoche defines ground luminosity as the:

...luminosity that occurs during deep sleep, union and death.[4]

PracticeEdit

The practitioner trains to consciously enter the deep sleep state.[5] If one has the ability to remain conscious during deep sleep, one will be able to recognize the luminosity of death and gain Buddhahood.[6] This is called the meeting of mother and child luminosities, resulting in the state of thuktam at death.[7]

The 14th Dalai Lama has quoted texts which say that "between the arisal of different instances of conceptual thought, the clear light nature of mind arises uninterruptedly.’'"[8]

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Buswell, Robert E.; Lopez, Jr., Donald S. (2013). The Princeton dictionary of Buddhism. Princeton: Princeton University Press. ISBN 9781400848058. Entry on "prabhāsvara".
  2. ^ Dharmachakra Translation Committee (2006). Deity, Mantra, and Wisdom. Ithaca, N.Y.: Snow Lion Publications. p. 192. ISBN 978-1-55939-300-3. 
  3. ^ http://explore.lib.virginia.edu/exhibits/show/dead/texts/artofdying
  4. ^ Dharmachakra Translation Committee (2006). Deity, Mantra, and Wisdom. Ithaca, N.Y.: Snow Lion Publications. p. 192. ISBN 978-1-55939-300-3. 
  5. ^ Ponlop, Dzogchen (2008). Mind beyond death. Ithaca, N.Y.: Snow Lion Publications. pp. 86–7. ISBN 1-55939-301-7. 
  6. ^ Ponlop, Dzogchen (2008). Mind beyond death. Ithaca, N.Y.: Snow Lion Publications. pp. 86–7. ISBN 1-55939-301-7. 
  7. ^ Rinpoche, Dudjom (2001). Counsels from My Heart. Boston: Shambhala. pp. 59–76. ISBN 1-57062-844-0. 
  8. ^ https://buddhismnow.com/2009/11/28/luminosity-mind-dalai-lama/