This meditation on emptiness is used as a preparation for Tantra. It deals with the integral relationship between the dependent origination of things and their emptiness – the fact that everything
we see around us is only a projection, and the fact that it never could have been any other way.
In order to properly prepare your mind for this meditation, you should first do a short meditation on tong len.
This mediation can be done with any one of the senses: sight, sound, smell, taste, or touch. However, it is most commonly practiced with things we see, because we tend to rely more heavily on our visual sense than any other to give us information about our surroundings.
The Four Parts of Kedrup Je’s Meditation
1. Just Looking:
In your mind, without opening your eyes, scan the objects in the room around you. Pick one of those objects and focus upon it, just looking at it like a child would, with no analysis.
Now become aware of your feelings that this object is existing outside, from its own side; that it is existing towards you. Watch the feeling you have about that object — that it would still be there if you left the room. This is our ignorance of the object.
3. Dependent Origination:
Now shift your mind to a correct view of the object. This object is just an image you are projecting. It comes from you, it is a part of you – a child of your own mind.
Drop everything that you are projecting about that object, just cancel it, and see what’s left. Then stay in that space of there being nothing else.*
*Note: Step #4 is difficult to hold onto for any long period of time. If you find yourself losing it, simply go back and repeat the process of going from #3 to 4
An Example of Kedrup Je’s Meditation
In my mind I see the table that’s in front of me. I think it’s out there because Ican use it – I can put my book on it. Actually, I’m just projecting an image ofa table onto that yellow rectangle – there is nothing about that yellowrectangle that says “table” from its own side. If I drop my conception of it asa table, the table is gone, and I am left with only the yellow rectangle. I thinkthe yellow rectangle must be out there because I can see it. But actually therectangle of yellow is really only a bunch of spots of yellow picked up by myeye and then turned into a rectangle by my mind. The yellow rectangle isalso just a projection onto many pieces of sense data. If I cancel thisprojection, the yellow rectangle is no long there.