THERE ARE TWO TYPES OF SPIRITUAL PATHS

There Are Two Types Of Spiritual Paths
– one ‘loose’ and the other ‘tight’

In this context, ‘loose’ means relaxed, and ‘tight’ means having little room to manoeuvre. One could say that ‘loose’ is accuracy in skilful practice, and ‘tight’ is accuracy in liberation.

We could even say that ‘loose’ is the beginning of the book, and ‘tight’ is the realisation of the end of the book.

Starting from the beginning of the book, we gradually build a firm foundation.
Starting from the end of the book, the realisation is pointed out and we use skilful practice to sustain it.

Here we have to remember the Buddha’s words, “Not too tight and not too loose.” The path that happens to come our way – or the path that we lean towards – will be dictated by our temperament and background ie karma, including the practices we engaged upon in previous lives.

In Buddhism, the ‘loose’ path is the Mahamudra; it is safe, steady and gradual, and builds a firm foundation (although if one is fortunate enough to meet a precise teacher, that path can be swift). The ‘tight’ path is Dzogchen; it is direct and clear, but is only for a certain type of student as the onus is on us to sustain it.

The aphorism, “Not too tight and not too loose” is extremely important in order that we avoid becoming too fixated on either of these paths: we have to know how to adjust our practice according to whether we feel sleepy or speedy.

All spiritual traditions have their exoteric and esoteric aspects (and this can, unfortunately, create misunderstandings).

Both Mahamudra and Dzogchen lead to the same point of pure consciousness.
The methods are just different.

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2 Responses to THERE ARE TWO TYPES OF SPIRITUAL PATHS

  1. crestedduck says:

    “The path that happens to come our way – or the path that we lean towards – will be dictated by our temperament and background ie karma, including the practices we engaged upon in previous lives.” ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
    I absolutely can relate to this . And also starting at front and back of book, so I could complete the outside edge of the puzzle first to get better understanding of what the picture that is forming inside actually is . I have pondered upon the past lives connection with, and now re-membering. But I do not actually know or remember if it’s that, or something put directly into my conscious awareness by God/Source at time of my creation, perhaps it has always been there in my DNA ever since the beginning.

    • tony says:

      We all have an inner longing, so we all ‘know’ something! When we recognise something
      we are re-knowing, re-cognising it, as that is our essence. A memory, even though faint, is triggered.

      The more we meditate, the more space and clarity is available to join up the dots that reveals the picture in the puzzle.

      Oh, but wait! The picture is our own reflection,
      which is that space and clarity! Space and clarity-pure consciousness are timeless with no beginning and no end.
      We have been what we seek along. Pure consciousness is our Source.

      If we wish to say “I and my Father are one” so be it. In unity there is no duality. In non-duality there are no names.

      Tony

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