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As such, it can be very effective. Nevertheless, for attaining liberation and enlightenment, dzogchen practice is only undertaken on the basis of extensive study and practice of:. After completion of all that, it is necessary to receive tantric empowerment initiation and strictly keep all the vows we take. On that basis, further required are:.
Without a strong build-up of positive force merit and deep awareness from all these practices and the inspiration and close guidance of a qualified master, it is not possible to achieve success in dzogchen practice; it is simply too subtle and difficult to do. By maintaining mindfulness of this simultaneous arising, abiding and ceasing, there is no need for conscious effort: Next, we need to distinguish the simultaneous arising, abiding and ceasing of the microseconds of our non-conceptual sensory cognition.
When we are able to settle into the level of mental activity in between even those microseconds, we have accessed the alaya for habits. This is still a type of limited awareness, however, because it is still mixed with the factor of dumbfoundedness. We need to go deeper and subtler, so that we experience and recognize the cognitive in-between space that has deep awareness of its own threefold nature primal purity, spontaneously establishing and responsiveness. We do this with the help of our dzogchen master employing special methods enabling us to recognize the nature of our mind.
With the ceasing of dumbfoundedness, our alaya for habits becomes effulgent rigpa — that is, rigpa in its aspect of actively giving rise to cognitive appearances mental holograms and actively cognizing them, with the former more prominent. But we need to go even deeper than that.
Agitation happens when thoughts take us for a ride. When these happen, it is best to take a break, refresh oneself, and start over again. The Dzogchen teachings are often structured threefold: Usually a realized master introduce the Natural State to the student. He is able to directly transfer that state of awareness to his student. The student who now has experienced his Natural State of being, even if it is only briefly, then has to practice in order to enter the natural state again and again.
This constitutes the Path. But first the student has to have had a direct experience of the Natural State. The Base is the experience of identity with the Natural State. It is the fundamental ground of existence, both at the universal level and at the level of the individual. The base has always been there, has always been pure and perfect. It is present in every living being.
Once the being enters duality the experience of the Natural State is lost. This means that is temporary obscured by attachment and aversion arisen from ignorance of dualistic vision. A normal person is ignorant and thus his Natural State is only latent; but for a realized person it is manifest. The goal of practice is to make the Natural State manifest again. From the moment we enter into dualistic vision, we leave the primordial Base, and transmigration begins. Transmigration is the continuous movement of going from one body to the next because of karmic causes.
One has become subject to cause and effect. The primordial state is beyond space and time, beyond creation and destruction.
But its nature is to manifest itself as light, as the elements, as energy and all the interactions that end up what we experience and enjoy as the cosmos. Entering into duality we become caught up with all these projections which we mistakenly take as external reality. Thus we perceive the individual as made up of Body, Voice and Mind.
The Body is the entire physical manifestation of the person. Voice is the vital energy prana of the Body. The Mind is that what reasons. The Natural state is permanent, all the rest is impermanent or temporal. Why is everything we experience, including ourselves impermanent and temporal? All phenomena lack inherent existence; nothing exists by itself as a permanent something. If something existed permanently, it would have its own inherent existence, and nothing else could affect or change it.
It would be immutable and unchanging. There would be no causality, no cause would be able to change it into something else.
Experience tells us otherwise. Everything is changing all the time, thus everything lacks inherent existence. It is our perception that makes us think that phenomena are somehow solid and permanent. The Base, or Natural State, has a threefold condition: Essence, Nature and Energy. The Essence of the Base is fundamental voidness. Voidness means that when one examine thoughts, one will find that they come and go, but do not have any real, independent existence. It is a phenomenon that only temporarily exists. Before and after a thought there is only emptiness, voidness.
This emptiness is fundamentally pure and clear, and it is compared to a mirror. A mirror reflects whatever is put in front of it, but the mirror itself is never changed, nor made impure or obscured. It always remains empty and clear. Thoughts come and go, but they are just reflections, they do not change the purity and emptiness of the Natural State. The Nature of the Base is the manifest phenomena. Although phenomena coma and go, and at their essence they are void and empty, nevertheless phenomena do exist and continue to manifest.
This is compared to the nature of a mirror. Although the mirror remains empty and pure, it is its nature to continuously reflect what is in front of it. This is compared to the reflections themselves in the mirror. Essence, Nature and Energy are all interdependent. One cannot exist without the other two. The last one, Energy, manifests itself threefold: Zal , Rolba and Dan untranslatable terms.
Zal the appearance of a seemingly external world: The individual sees himself as a separate entity that lives in outer world of objects. This compared to a crystal. Light energy enters the crystal the individual and projects into rays and patterns of colors which are seen as separate from the crystal, but in fact they are functions of the crystal's nature. In reality there are no external independent or separate phenomena; they are manifestations of the energy of the individual.
Rolba the way in which the energy of an individual manifests: In the individual the energy is experienced as an internal image. The image might appear as very vivid and real. But it is just a manifestation of his energy. This is compared to the image of an object that is seen inside a crystal ball.
Dan infinite and formless quality of the energy: Because of the individual karmic vision, its energy will shape itself into a Body, Voice and Mind with an external environment; life after life. This is compared to a crystal ball that will take the color of whatever colored cloth it is put on. After the student has been introduced to the Natural State of being, he need to practice the Path in order to get out of his dualistic view and condition, and to realize again his true Natural state. The Path has three aspects: View , Practice and Attitude. View means that one has to observe oneself and discover what one's own condition is in regards to his body, voice and mind.
In this way one will find that one is conditioned by a lot of things, and stuck in many 'programs'. The body is conditioned by its living conditions, external influences, nutrients and so on. The vital body has problems with energy being stuck, not flowing freely, causing both emotional problems and physical ailments over time. The mental body has its own imbalances, like a distorted view of the world, mental fixations, unhealthy thought processes Here we have the image of the mirror again: Practice strictly means contemplation, that is, one strives to enter the state of non-duality, the Natural State, and tries to stay in it for longer and longer periods.
Thoughts can come and go, but when properly centered in the Natural State, the practitioner will not be affected by those thoughts. The mind itself is not engaged in doing any effort or work, as it is the case in meditation. Meditation engages the mind to do something with for example visualization to bring about a state of calm that is inductive to enter contemplation. Once in contemplation one is totally present ad aware, and one neither rejects nor follows any thought.
Meditation techniques are a help to overcome one's problems, but they should not be a goal by itself. The focus in Dzogchen is always on contemplation. Attitude means that once the practitioner is able to stay in contemplation, in the Natural State of clear awareness, during his practice, then he needs to continue, being in this Natural State, into his daily life. Then he brings his present clear awareness into every moment of his life. This fixation inhibits the arising of extraneous thoughts [ Symbolically, the two parts of the syllable indicate the two aspects of enlightenment, that is, PHA signifies Means thabs and TA signifies Wisdom shes rab.
According to Reynolds, it is this specific Semdzin practice which was used by Patrul Rinpoche to provide a direct introduction to the knowledge of rigpa.
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It temporarily blocks the flow of thought, and brings us temporarily in a state of emptiness and clarity. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. For the monastery, see Dzogchen Monastery. History Timeline Outline Culture Index of articles. Menri Monastery Triten Norbutse. Generation stage Completion stage Phowa Tantric techniques: Kriyayoga Charyayoga Yogatantra Anuttarayogatantra Twofold division: Inner Tantras Outer Tantras Thought forms and visualisation: Pointing-out instruction Samaya Vajracharya.
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Four Stages Arhat Buddha Bodhisattva. Then come the three vehicles of "outer" yoga, and then the three vehicles of "inner" yoga. The Dzogchen teachings are part of Atiyoga.
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Kathang Zanglingma , a terma with the biography of Padmasambhava, revealed and transmitted by Nyangrel Nyima Ozer, narrates the "events: This translation was popularized as "the Tibetan Book of the Dead", but contains many mistakes in translation and interpretation. In the famous scholar Dolpopa visited Tsurphu Monastery for the first time and had extensive discussions with Rangjung Dorje about doctrinal issues.
It appears that Rangjung Dorje almost certainly influenced the development of some of Dolpopa's theories, possibly including his Zhentong gzhan stong method. This practice is unusual by any standard, Tibetan or Western, except perhaps for those who have experimented with Stanislav Grof 's Holotropic Breathwork or Primal Scream Therapy. See also Ego death. In the exercise, a practitioner jumps, prowls, and howls like a wolf and imitates its thought patterns, or pretends to be a mass murderer and then suddenly switches to the outlook of a self-sacrificing saint.
So the past thought has ceased, the future thought hasn't yet arisen, and the knife is cutting through this stream of present thought. But one doesn't keep hold of this knife either; one lets the knife go, so there is a gap. When you cut through again and again in this way, the string of thought falls to pieces. If you cut a rosary in a few places, at some point it doesn't work any longer. The awakened state of rigpa had been pointed out, and I had a lukewarm certainty about what it was. But the ngondro helped me progress. If one observes the mind and searches for where a thought rnam-rtog arises, where it remains, and where it goes, no matter how much one researches and investigates this, one will find nothing.
It is this very "unfindability" mi rnyed of the arising, the abiding, and the passing away of thoughts which is the greatest of all finds. Thoughts do not arise from anywhere byung sa med , they do not remain anywhere gnas sa med , and they do not go anywhere ' gro sa med. They do not arise from within the body, nor do they arise from outside the body. They are truly without any root or source ghzi med rsta bral. Like the clouds in the sky, they arise only to dissolve again. Thoughts arise out of the state of emptiness and return again into this state of emptiness, which represents pure potentiality.
We only have to observe our mind to discover this for ourselves. And this shunyata, this state of emptiness, is in fact the very essence of the mind sems kyi ngo-bo stong-pa nyid. During all that time, they were almost inseparable. Nyoshul Lungtok studied and practiced extremely diligently, and accumulated a wealth of purification, merit, and practice; he was ready to recognize the Rigpa, but had not yet had the final introduction. Then, one famous evening, Patrul Rinpoche gave him the introduction.
It happened when they were staying together in one of the hermitages high up in the mountains above Dzogchen Monastery. It was a very beautiful night. The dark blue sky was clear and the stars shone brilliantly. The sound of their solitude was heightened by the distant barking of a dog from the monastery below. Patrul Rinpoche was lying stretched out on the ground, doing a special Dzogchen practice. He called Nyoshul Lungtok over to him, saying: Then Patrul Rinpoche asked him, "Do you see the stars up there in the sky?
I had been liberated from the fetters of 'it is' and 'it is not. I was introduced to this realization by his blessing, as the great Indian master Saraha said: He in whose heart the words of the master have entered, Sees the truth like a treasure in his own palm. The Essential Chogyam Trungpa. Heart Essence of the Great Perfection , p. The Buddha from Dolpo: State University of New York Press. A Commentary on Rangjung Dorje's Treatise , p.
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