The Four Yogas of Mahamudra

Tib., rnal 'byor bzhi: Four Yogas
Tib., phyag rgya chen po'i rnal 'byor bzhi: Four Yogas of Mahamudra

A phrase referring to the four distinct stages in Mahamudra teaching and practice:

  1. one-pointedness (rtse gcig).
  2. simplicity (spros bral). Literally, this term means "free from complexity" or "not elaborate".
  3. one taste (ro gcig).
  4. non-meditation (sgom med). The state of not holding on to an object meditated upon nor to a subject who meditates. At this stage, nothing further needs to be 'meditated upon' or 'cultivated'; i.e. no 'essence to be sustained' (ngo bo skyong ba). Also spelled sgom med kyi rnal 'byor, sgom med rnal 'byor.