Mindfulness and alertness ~ Thrangu Rinpoche

Without mindfulness (Tib. dranpa), there can be no samadhi. If mindfulness fails, the mind wanders. What is it that knows whether or not the mind has wandered? It is the quality of alertness (Tib. shezhin), which has the sense of knowing what is occurring in the mind in the present. These two are of great importance to the practice of meditation.

Thrangu Rinpoche

from the book Essentials of Mahamudra: Looking Directly at the Mind

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