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Masters of Mahamudra

By Mondup Sherab

Translated by Keith Dowman with Modup Sherab's name only appearing in an obscure footnote, each section of translation is followed by extensive commentaries. Deep meaning and inspiration thrive but often buried under mounds of words, cultural filters, and superstition.

Quotes from Masters of Mahamudra

“A mere glimpse… of pure light form destroys mental fiction like an elephant berserk.”

Chapters: 63. Easy as Hard

Themes: Enlightenment

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“A wild dog with honey rubbed on its nose madly devours whatever it sees.”

Chapters: 53. Shameless Thieves

Themes: Desire

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“All abstract labeling is futile, the cause of anxiety.”

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“Armed with the sword of undying awareness, I conquer my enemies, the demons of the 3 realms.”

Chapters: 12. This Over That

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“Attend to the nature of your mind.”

Chapters: 33. Know Yourself

Themes: Know Yourself

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“Cultivate the mountain of mind and realize the pure pleasure of mind’s nature.”

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Themes: Mind

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“From time immemorial I have washed out stains but I cannot make charcoal white.”

Chapters: 43. No Effort, No Trace

Themes: Law and Order

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“I am unable to wander from place to place as you do but if you could teach me how to meditate while remaining here on my throne in my palace...”

Chapters: 17. True Leaders

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“I beat giving and taking into a unity.”

Chapters: 8. Like Water

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“I have come to see these bones as the very nature of all things completely freeing all activity.”

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“I realized the value of all things - what joy to be free of pleasure and pain!”

Chapters: 56. One with the Dust

Themes: Pleasure

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“If you would be free of this suffering, see the workings of your mind as but a single thought.”

Chapters: 39. Oneness

Themes: Suffering

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“Innocence is the way to realize non-duality.”

Chapters: 22. Heaven's Door

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“Like a rainbow dissolving into the sky, birth, life and death have no hold”

Chapters: 50. Claws and Swords

Themes: Desire

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“May they realize that the real nature of poison is the essential medicine.”

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“mind itself is like a blazing jewel”

Chapters: 22. Heaven's Door

Themes: Mind

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“Put your trust in the man who feeds the people after finishing his work.”

Chapters: 67. Three Treasures

Themes: Integrity

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“Regard… your future as the effect of your present state of mind.”

Chapters: 40. Returning

Themes: Karma

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“The innate purity that is the nature of mind… exists within, so do not look elsewhere.”

Chapters: 6. The Source

Themes: Travel Mind

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“The intrinsic nature of all things is infinite space.”

Chapters: 35. The Power of Goodness

Themes: Emptiness

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“The malaise of belief in ‘I’ and ‘mine’ is instantly cured…”

Chapters: 13. Honor and Disgrace

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“The sage who knows all as pure potential leaves the material world for Buddhafields of Bliss.”

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Themes: Buddhism Taoism

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“The supreme vow of all the buddhas is nothng but self-realization.”

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Themes: Know Yourself

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“The wise create enlightened vision with modesty and grace.”

Chapters: 80. A Golden Age

Themes: Skillful Means

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“The world within worlds within it dissolved.”

Chapters: 21. Following Empty Heart

Themes: Emptiness

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“These people are deluded from the first and yet it is such fools that call me mad.”

Chapters: 41. Distilled Life

Themes: Crazy Wisdom

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“Today I cut down the tree of unknowing.”

Chapters: 24. Unnecessary Baggage

Themes: Wisdom

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“We grow afraid but look again… an unreal, reflected image is all we find.”

Chapters: 50. Claws and Swords

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“Wrap the leather of preconception around the mold of emptiness and compassion”

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Themes: Openness

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“Realization of mind’s nature is the king.”

Chapters: 25. The Mother of All Things

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