Weekly Words of Wisdom - Khenchen Thrangu Rinpoche
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Khenchen Thrangu Rinpoche

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February 22, 2015

Clarity, Purity and Stability,
the three elements of creation stage practice


CLARITY
In practicing visualization you are not using the eye consciousness but rather the mental consciousness, and the mental consciousness is conceptual.  Unlike the eye consciousness, which experiences the individual characteristics of forms, the mental consciousness produces an abstraction or a generalization; therefore, the visualization will tend to remain something vague.  However, if you continue the practice with a relaxed mind, then gradually the image will increase in stability and in clarity or vividness.  To rest within this continued clear visualization of the deity … is the practice of the first element of the creation stage, the clarity of image or clear visualization.
Excerpt from: Creation and Completion, Essential Points of Tantric Meditation (Wisdom Publications)

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