Don’t Fake It
..and get trapped in the process

Sometimes (often) we are taught in a way that makes us feel that we are never good enough. That we don’t know enough, and that we should keep coming back for more. We find ourselves desperately trying to fit in to another culture, or to others’ idea of spirituality. This creates a false longing, and so we buy books – lots of books!

Do teachings need to be so complex, when all we want is “The Plain Truth”? To be happy?

Although we are told to “Tame the Mind,” it’s not necessary to assume that this means having a blank, vacant mind. Such an idea only serves to bind us in knots, when all we are looking for is clarity! You may not agree, but it seems that the dharma is broken down so much as to sound truly complicated. This breaking down isn’t wrong, but it’s only necessary if one wants to be a scholar – a know-it-all! 😀 As an example, I find that a lot of time on retreat is taken up by scholarly students comparing technical points of translation (if you want to see the kind of thing that goes on, just browse through any Dharma forum 😉 )

Dzogchen is about pure experience. About being a simple non-practitioner; there is no need to fake it.

It’s simple.

Awareness is aware whether the mind is still or moving.
Stillness, Occurrence and Awareness are all one.
Awareness merely notes.
Noting and not reacting when stillness or movement occur,
awareness remains in non duality.
There is no difference.

That is taming the mind!

Holding on to either stillness or occurrence
is exhausting and unnecessary,
and we stay confused.

Here is the trap.
For ‘stillness’, read ‘desire’, and for ‘occurrence’ read ‘aversion’.

Awareness merely notes, and so there is no reacting; no creation of a duality. Gradually, through appreciating that the mind has occurrences, by merely being aware, a change happens naturally. Stillness and movement both become merely abstract occurrences that are not fully formed. By not holding on to either, desire and aversion lessen – they are just duly noted.

There is no need for complex analysis, conclusions or meditation; just rest in awareness. Then you are never mistaken. You are no longer in ignorance. You are no longer faking it. Scholars may say you need to understand this or that – just smile 😉

I’ve been on retreats where students have told me they are going on another retreat immediately after this one, and reel off the Tibetan names of lamas they are going to see.

One day, they might find what they are looking for. Until then, they just have to fake it.

But there is no need to fake it, because the awareness that we are faking it is already present!

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