Sky Gazing as a Buddhist Meditation Technique: The Great Perfection (Dzogchen)

Sunny Skies, 2015.Our mind is like a cloudy sky, in essence clear and pure but overcast by the clouds of delusions. Just as the thickest clouds eventually disperse, so too even the heaviest delusions can be removed from our mind (…), and we shall experience the supreme happiness of full enlightenment.”
Geshe Kelsang Gyatso, Eight Steps to Happiness: The Buddhist Way of Loving Kindness, 2000, p. 1

I’ve said before that I am absolutely fascinated by all sorts of skies and could spend hours watching clouds. I know that I am not alone with that and now a friend told me that in Buddhism, the sky plays an important role as well.

Within Tibetan Buddhism for example, there exists a meditation technique called sky gazing where you look into a preferably blue sky with open eyes allowing your thoughts to pass by like clouds. Gazing into the skies, you become aware of the vast open space and can reconnect with the natural state of existence, and can eventually—according to Buddhist teachings—achieve enlightenment.

So, go out there and (re)discover all the beauty that is in the skies… <!–and on a grey day, maybe come back to this website and watch a slideshow to find enlightenment here here :-)–>