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"Sky-Gazing Meditation" By Lama Surya Das

1 March 2010

Find a comfortable seat outside, preferably
With a view.
Close your eyes.
Inhale deeply, and exhale fully,
Letting go totally.
Now do it again, twice more.
(Thrice is the magic number.)
Let go, let it all come and go;
Just be,
As you are.
Rest naturally and at ease
In your body and mind, heart and soul,
And enjoy the natural state—
or whatever state you seem to be in.

Let body and mind settle in its own place,
Its own way,
Its own time,
As it is.
Natural breath and energy,
Natural flow
Let it go,
Free from interference, evaluation or manipulation...
and enjoy the joy
of Natural Meditation

Don’t be deceived or seduced by momentary
thoughts and experiences.
Allow all experiences to pass freely, like clouds
In a vast, open sky.
Simply Observe, Allow and Accept.
Embrace and surrender.
Letting go means letting come and go,
letting be.
This is the essence of inner freedom
and autonomy.

Be still.
All is right here, right now—
this very moment, the only moment;
Don’t stray elsewhere.
Nothing to figure out, understand,
Achieve, track or remember.
No need to fabricate or contrive.
No need to even meditate.
Simply present, undistracted, at home
And at ease
In the natural state
Of natural perfection.
Buddha's not pretending.
Sitting Buddha is being

Now slowly, open your eyes.
Gently raise your gaze.
Elevate the scope of global,
Three hundred and sixty degree
Sensitive, receptive awareness.
Gaze evenly into the infinite, open sky;
Skygazing, space-mingling,
An exercise of intrinsic openness and awareness,
Transparency and lucidity
Let go and relax into the vastness of sky—
spacious, nonreactive,
fearless and agendaless,

Space like mind has no beginning or end,
no inside or outside,
No actual form, color, size,
Shape, center or periphery
This is the gateless gate
Opening into the infinite, magical way of awakefulness.

Let go and relax naturally into spacious openness
And clarity, this pristine awareness
Like a transparent eyeball,
Allowing thoughts and feelings
To come and go freely,
Releasing all experience
Into the infinitely fertile
Womb of emptiness
from which it never strayed.

Resting at home and at ease
in the sky-like nature
Of Buddha Mind,
Everything is fine
Just as it is
In the lawful unfolding of things:
Let go and let be,
At home and at ease
In the natural great perfection,
The nirvanic peace and bliss
Of things left just
As they are.

Lama Surya Das is a Buddhist teacher and authorized Dzogchen lineage holder in the Tibetan tradition. He is the bestselling author of many books, including Awakening the Buddha Within, Buddha Is as Buddha Does, and Letting Go of the Person You Used to Be; founder of the Western Buddhist Teachers Network with the Dalai Lama; a poet and translator; and has twice completed the traditional three year meditation retreat. As Spiritual Director of the Dzogchen Center in Massachusetts and Austin, Texas, he leads retreats and seminars year round and has long been active in charitable third world causes. His websites are www.surya.org and www.dzogchen.org.


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