What is Mind?

Six Words of Advice by Tilopa:

Don’t recall.
Don’t imagine.
Don’t think.
Don’t examine.
Don’t control.
Rest.

This advice consists of only six words in Tibetan. The above translation was developed to capture its brevity and directness. Some years ago, I also developed the translation shown below, which some people prefer:

Let go of what has passed.
Let go of what may come.
Let go of what is happening now.
Don’t try to figure anything out.
Don’t try to make anything happen.
Relax, right now, and rest.

Michael K. Nisch has kindly prepared a .pdf file showing the Tibetan, the transliteration, and both translations. It can be downloaded by clicking this link. Courtesy of Unfettered Mind.

Tilopa (Prakrit; Sanskrit: Talika or Tilopada) (988–1069) was born in either Chativavo (Chittagong), Bengal or Jagora, Bengal. He was a tantric practitioner and mahasiddha. He developed the mahamudra (Tibetan: phyag rgya chen po) method, a set of spiritual practices that greatly accelerates the process of attaining bodhi (enlightenment). He is regarded as the human founder of the Kagyu lineage of Tibetan Buddhism.

One of the most famous and important statements attributed to Tilopa is: “The problem is not enjoyment; the problem is attachment.”

From Wikipedia. Image via. Thank you to my friend Jordan who brought this to my attention in an exchange together about: What is Mind?