Tag Archives: Dzogchen

THERE IS NO SPIRITUAL MYSTERY

There Is No Spiritual Mystery There never was. A ‘mystery’ occurs to a confused mind when it assumes that it does not know. Confusion arises when our mind is full of concepts and assumptions: these concepts and assumptions obscure pure … Continue reading

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THE KABBALAH AND DZOGCHEN

The Kabbalah And Dzogchen All religions have their esoteric side and their exoteric side. Esoteric – understood by the few (within) Exoteric – intended for the general public (outside) Why? This might relate to interest and capacity, or it could … Continue reading

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DZOGCHEN AND THE GREAT MUD

Dzogchen And The Great Mud The word ‘Dzogchen’ sounds pretty exotic, doesn’t it? I thought so when I first heard it … “Dzogchen!” If we look it up, we enter the world of the Tibetan Nyingma tradition. However, all words … Continue reading

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BEGUILED BY STILLNESS AND BY OCCURRENCES

Beguiled* By Stillness And By Occurrences Meditators can be blinded by stillness. Ordinary people are blinded by occurrences. In both cases, we become stuck and fixated. When lost in stillness, we become meditation gods. When lost in occurrences, we become … Continue reading

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WAKING, DOZING, AND … ZZZ …

Waking, Dozing, and …zzz….. When introduced to the nature of mind, which is pure awareness, we might say, “It’s wow! This is great!” … a….n…d … back to sleep … 😀 In the Tibetan Nyingma tradition, the approach to reality … Continue reading

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DZOGCHEN, MAHAMUDRA, SHUNYATA, DHARMAKAYA, ADVAITA … ?

Dzogchen, Mahamudra, Shunyata, Dharmakaya, Advaita … ? These are either attractive and mystical-sounding words, or they represent most ordinary aspect of reality in the infinite universe. These are simply Tibetan and Sanskrit terms for non-duality. The pure, uncontaminated emptiness of … Continue reading

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I WANT TO BE CONNECTED TO DZOGCHEN…

I Want To Be Connected To Dzogchen… …what a joke! You are Dzogchen! Shabkar Tsokdrug Rangdrol. “Some people put their hope into the view of mental fabrication. Though they have learning, it is only of dead words. Though they have … Continue reading

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TSOKNYI RINPOCHE III

Tsoknyi Rinpoche III For authentic teachings, go to: http://www.tsoknyirinpoche.org Tsoknyi Rinpoche Ngawang Tsoknyi Gyatso (b. 13 March 1966) the third Tsoknyi Rinpoche was recognized by His Holiness the sixteenth Gyalwang Karmapa as the reincarnation of Drubwang Tsoknyi Rinpoche. He is … Continue reading

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FITTING THE RIGHT TEACHING TO THE RIGHT STUDENT

Fitting The Right Teaching To The Right Student It is said that a teacher must not give high teachings to low students, and low teachings to high students, as this may cause them to step off the path: one will … Continue reading

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THE TEACHER OF EXPERIENCES

The Teacher Of Experiences “Once we attain stability in the correct body posture, it does not matter how we sit. In fact, we should try to seek out what is difficult. Go to a scary place, or an uncomfortable place, … Continue reading

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WE LIVE IN TWO PARALLEL UNIVERSES

We Live In Two Parallel Universes at the same time. Scepticism in an open mind It is interesting that, when one takes a step into the mind, another step presents itself; this is how one evolves. It is we who … Continue reading

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BUDDHA OR TEACHER OR TEACHINGS?

Buddha or Teacher or Teachings? Which is the most important? It’s an vital question. In Tibetan Buddhism, the human teacher is all important as it’s an oral tradition*; without the teacher, the teachings of the Buddha would not be available … Continue reading

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CONFUSING TRADITIONS

Confusing Traditions Confusing metaphors Confusing confusion It isn’t easy to find a tradition that supports one’s temperament. Neither it is easy to find a teacher with whom one can connect, or find a teaching that will clarify one’s confusion, and … Continue reading

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YOU DON’T HAVE TO BE CLEVER AND WEALTHY

You Don’t Have To Be Clever And Wealthy to realise the Dharma. Repeating what you have learned isn’t the Dharma. Real Dharma is genuine, empathetic experience; it is beyond both cleverness and wealth. In genuine Dharma, there are no words, … Continue reading

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RECONSIDERING WORDS

Reconsidering Words As a student of spirituality, I chose the path of Buddhism – and within that, the Nyingma Dzogchen tradition. As a student, I write a blog of experience that might help others. A path is designated or signified … Continue reading

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THE HEART OF DZOGCHEN

The Heart of Dzogchen The pointing out instruction is letting go. Awareness looks, sees and drops. Traditionally, the gesture (non-verbal) for the pointing out instruction is: the teacher holds his/her palms up to show looking out. They then turn the … Continue reading

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MAKING SENSE OF DZOGCHEN

Making Sense Of Dzogchen is nonsense 😀 Dzogchen is a Tibetan word for a style of experiencing the essence of compassionate, primordial purity of luminous awareness. It’s what we actually are; the reality of being. Other styles have other names: … Continue reading

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POINTLESS LIFE?

Pointless Life? The human potential is complete enlightenment – to be a Buddha. This is one who has awakened to inner clarity and dissolved all confusion through the continuity of clarity at every moment, which is the practice of purification. … Continue reading

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ABLE TO MEDITATE BUT NOT LIBERATE

Able To Meditate But Not Liberate Meditation is not liberation: it is the path to liberation. Meditation is a wonderful method to focus the untamed mind (the flibbertigibbet, the idle chattering), and so tame it. But meditation practice itself can … Continue reading

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NO MORE LEARNING…

No More Learning… only recognition There comes a point when we recognise that it is time to just practise. To hope for more and more deeper teachings is like chasing rainbows. A rainbow needs sunlight and rainy cloud, and is … Continue reading

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BUDDHISM FOR THE GRITTY

Buddhism For The Gritty “True Grit” 😉 Gritty: showing courage, resolve, tenacity. Being aware of the unpleasant, and unwaveringly seeing it as it really is; uncompromising. There are many ways to obtain peace of mind – a mind that is … Continue reading

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TRAINING IN TAMING THE MIND

Training in Taming the Mind Some things aren’t easy to explain…they have to be experienced The Dharma, if not practised, is…I was going to say “pointless”, but there is a point to not practising. Not training has its consequences. If … Continue reading

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FIXATING

Fixating “To fix upon” To fix upon obsessively Fixation is revealed from the very very subtle to the gross. Awareness, having forgotten its pure nature (emptiness), fixes on a point, focuses on a point, holds to a point of view. … Continue reading

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LETTING GO…?

Letting go..? We use this phrase quite a lot, but in Dzogchen there is no ‘letting go’ of thoughts. In recognition, thoughts naturally dissolve. We don’t have to do anything. When rigpa is present, grasping isn’t. When grasping is present, … Continue reading

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CLARIFYING STILLNESS AND EMPTINESS

Clarifying Stillness and Emptiness There’s been a lot of interest on the topic of stillness and emptiness. The nature of mind and mind consciousness are not the same thing, and neither are they separate. The nature of mind – our … Continue reading

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OTHERS’ SPIRITUALITY: HELL OR REALISATION?

Others’ Spirituality: Hell or Realisation? When we were young and wondering what life was all about, there were plenty of people to talk to – we speculated. When some of us moved into the realm of spirituality, there were fewer … Continue reading

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ALL WE NEED TO KNOW

All We Need To Know is Knowing Awareness There are two aspects to knowing awareness – knowing of awareness, and knowing-awareness itself. This is the difference between Alaya-vijnana and Rigpa. They are very close. Knowing of awareness; there is still … Continue reading

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DEALING WITH MENTAL TURMOIL

Dealing With Mental Turmoil There are many approaches to this problem, and we have to find the one that suits us – or rather, suits that moment. For example, exercise or chanting can channel energy; channeling energy is the key, … Continue reading

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ESSENTIAL DZOGCHEN

Essential Dzogchen Essentially, we are Dzogchen bliss These teachings are principally about clarifying confusion. Tulku Urgyen wrote about Dzogchen; “It is what a spiritual practitioner needs to reach complete enlightenment in a single lifetime.” Padmasambhava explains: “You must make sure … Continue reading

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“THE LIGHT’S ON AND NO ONE’S HOME!”

“The Light’s On and No One’s Home!” “The Light’s On but No One’s Home!” The common usage of the saying, “The light’s on but no one’s home” can be defined as: “… a person lacks intelligence or awareness.” “…someone is … Continue reading

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COMING DOWN TO EARTH

Coming down to earth The following may sound a little controversial but is meant kindly, in order to clarify: you may not see this the same way, but that’s ok… Realisations can be a shock in their obvious simplicity. Before … Continue reading

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NOT GETTING IT – GETTING IT

Not Getting It – Getting It Sometimes we might find that we are not ‘getting’ the teachings, that they don’t make complete sense to us. Those around us seem to be happy enough, and we might be feeling left out. … Continue reading

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THE NEXT STEP UP

The Next Step Up (getting smarter) We all have the potential of the omniscient understanding of a Buddha. The less the cloudiness in the mind, the more the clarity, and the smarter we get. Ultimate clarity is Buddhahood. It is … Continue reading

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WHY DO WE DENY OUR AWAKENED NATURE?

Why do we deny our awakened nature?  We assume that we are wake, because we know this and this and that. We count the things we know, and forget that pure knowing is taking place, and so continue to count. … Continue reading

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I AM IN THE MIDDLE OF A MUDDLE IN A MUDDY MIND!

I am in the middle of a muddle in a muddy mind!  There are: mud-pie mud-baths mud-bricks mud-flats mud-guards mud-packs mud-fever mud-skippers mud-slingers mud-banks mud-larks mud-worts and muddlers… …all getting in a mood in the mud.  Instead of* we become … Continue reading

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DZOGCHEN IS US

Dzogchen is us.  All teachings and practices culminate in Dzogchen-Maha Ati. Dzogchen is just a word for our true nature – emptiness, awareness and unconfined compassion. There is no description, no rules, no meditation, nothing to do but recognise. This, … Continue reading

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DZOGCHEN v MAHAMUDRA

Dzogchen v Mahamudra.  These are two approaches to realisation: one starts at the front of the book, and the other, at the end. Dzogchen is direct, starting at the end of book, whereas Mahamudra is gradual, from the front. Which … Continue reading

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DO NOT BE IN AWE OF THE DHARMA

Do not be in awe of the Dharma.   Do not be in awe of the Dharma.Don’t make Dharma separate from you.You are Dzogchen*.  Demons and the Dharmaare the path and the obstacle……and the inspiration…to get to reality’s shore.  We … Continue reading

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THE END IS THE BEGINNING

The end is the beginning.  In this blog, everything that needs to be said, has been said! The only point in writing now is to refine understanding. The way of Dzogchen (also known as Maha Ati, the great prefection), as … Continue reading

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DZOGCHEN-OUR REAL NATURE

Dzogchen is our real nature…we are Dzogchen! We cannot get it from a books or teachings, this is not Dzogchen, but they can introduce us to Dzogchen…our real nature.

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