Weekly Words of Wisdom - Khenchen Thrangu Rinpoche
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Khenchen Thrangu Rinpoche

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March 1, 2015

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

The second element of creation-stage practice is purity, or the recollection of purity.  This is often explained as the enumeration in your mind of the symbolic significance of each aspect of the deity’s appearance, i.e. what each aspect of the appearance represents.  But … if you do this, it may become too conceptual and can actually disturb your mind and harm the meditation.  What is recommended, practically, to implement the recollection of purity is to keep in mind that this appearance of the deity is a vivid or clear appearance without any existence, that it is the unity of clarity and emptiness, like the appearance of a rainbow in its vividness and insubstantiality.
Excerpt from: Creation and Completion, Essential Points of Tantric Meditation (Wisdom Publications)

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