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Anapanasati Retreat 2005 - Introduction to Dzogchen

by Viveka

Introduction to Dzogchen

Dzogchen (Natural Great Perfection):

 A direct experiencing of the nature of mind which is intrinsically pure
(symbolized by Vajrasattva or Samantabhadra, “All Good”, the naked blue
primordial Buddha).
 Dzogchen meditation is non-doing, non-interfering, non-fabrication. Simply,
thoroughly experiencing or dropping into the mind, its nature, its activity as it is.
 Dzogchen teaches the “View” providing a conceptual framework that is then
realized through direct experience.
 Dzogchen meditation is called “resting in the View”

The View: Rigpa, innate awareness…

1. Its essence is:
2. Its nature is:
3. Its activity is:
• sunya
• knowingness
• responsiveness
• empty of color,
• luminosity
• compassionate
shape, solidity
• cognizance
• creative
• not fixed
• vividness
• uninhibited
• without center,
• radiance
• unobstructed
edge or limit

Rigpa is a reality that is beyond conception. There is a mysteriousness that cannot be pinned
down in words.

How do we practice Dzogchen?

o Meditation is emphasized (training in many shorter sits, ≈30 min., then refresh the
body/posture and start over)
o Letting go of controlling and dualistic conceptual mind (namtok) takes great curiosity,
courage and faith. Encourage faith in the teaching from the enlightened ones to generate
the energy to explore our direct experience. Initial faith gets fortified with direct
experience and becomes inner certainty as to the nature of mind.
o Don’t try to stop thinking. Let thinking (everything) arise from and dissolve into empty
awareness. See if it does. Be very clear and mindful about this.
o If we don’t allow the sense of “I” to go out to and attach to an object (like a thought) then
there’s nowhere else for mind to go but back to where it came from, the ground/rigpa

Be actively open to blessings from the Dzogchen lineage: Padmasambhava is a central Dzogchen
figure and much of the practice is supported by developing faith in him as a guide, pointing out
the nature of mind.

Total Immersion 2005, Viveka

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