WHEN THE LIGHT’S ON, THE LIGHT’S ON!

When The Light’s On, The Light’s On!

Terminology can be, and is, confusing. The realisation of this can be, and is, a shock.
Mipham Rinpoche explains shamata and vipashyana perfectly.

From A Lamp to Dispel Darkness by Mipham Jampal Dorje:
At some point you will reach a more stable familiarity
with shamata and vipashyana as a natural unity.

Shamata is a ongoing steadiness in remembering to
settle in the natural state.
Vipashyana is the recognition of your essence as natural
cognisance.

Attaining this stability, in which shamata of primordial
abiding in the natural state and vipashyana of natural
luminosity are basically indivisible, is the dawn of self-
existing wakefulness. The realisation of the great perfection.”

…Dzogchen! It’s what we are.

Now here’s the thing:
Shamata is recognising, revealing the clarity of vipashyana.
Trekcho is recognising, revealing the clarity of togal.

“Attaining this stability, in which trekcho of primordial
abiding in the natural state and togal of natural
luminosity are basically indivisible, is the dawn of self-
existing wakefulness. The realisation of the great perfection.”

…Dzogchen! It’s what we are.

One is a Sanskrit description, and the other is Tibetan:
Shamata is awareness. Trekcho is awareness
Vipashyana is clarity. Togal is clarity.

Dzogchen is awareness that is empty: it is pure awareness.
The words ‘light’, ‘luminosity’ and ‘bliss’ are other words for clarity.
And clarity can be, and is, a shock!!!

What else is there?
Call it what you want!
You don’t have to turn the light on, when the light’s ON!

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