“When we meditate on Mahamudra or Dzogchen, this is not analytic meditation, but primarily it’s resting meditation. We practice resting without altering the mind in any way, as a way to allow the wisdom of the luminosity which is present within us to manifest.
When we meditate on ourselves as the deity, the essence is the innate luminous wisdom, but the aspect is the deity. It is the essence of our mind, the innate luminous wisdom, which takes the form of the deity.
The main point is that there is profound emptiness and then the vast way in which things appear.
Emptiness is not the same as nothingness, but neither should we see appearances as real, solid things. Rather it’s that while things appear they are empty, and while they are empty they appear.”
~His Holiness, 17th Karmapa, Spring Teaching, 2011