Our natural condition is self-perfected from the very beginning. What is necessary is that we reawaken and remain in our true nature. Through understanding and practice, we can rediscover the effortless knowledge of the self-perfected state that lies beyond our habitual anguish and confusion, and remain in this uninterrupted flow of contemplation, completely relaxed but fuOur natural condition is self-perfected from the very beginning. What is necessary is that we reawaken and remain in our true nature. Through understanding and practice, we can rediscover the effortless knowledge of the self-perfected state that lies beyond our habitual anguish and confusion, and remain in this uninterrupted flow of contemplation, completely relaxed but fully present through all activities....
|Title||:||Dzogchen: The Self-Perfected State|
|Number of Pages||:||152 Pages|
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Dzogchen: The Self-Perfected State Reviews
"If the master finds the stinking body of a dead rat and shows it to the disciple saying, 'Smell this stench!'--this might be the means he has chosen to transmit knowledge of the state of contemplation." (p. 129)Contemplation is every moment! Awakening is everywhere!Nice introduction to Dzogchen, the heretical method of direct knowledge for the Buddhist and non-Buddhist alike. The translation is a little clunky with its terminology (translated from Tibetan to Italian, then from Italian to English) so I am going to read it again right away and surely understand it much better the second time around. Norbu advises us that all the many hundreds of original texts of Dzogchen could be considered as an explanation of these three verses from Garab Dorje, the originator of Dzogchen:Directly discover your state.Don't remain in doubt.Gain confidence in self-liberation.Not a practice for the ethically challenged or those without a "higher level of capacity," as Norbu puts it.(Read 2nd time May 2015)
Clear and concise book on the basics of Dzogchen. Dzogchen is a practice of calming the mind and returning to the relaxed primal state of being, calm awareness. It contrasts the way of Dzogchen from the approach of the Sutras (renunciation) and Tantra (transformation). Some of the details about doctrinal difference went over my head, but were clear nonetheless.
ok, the mediocre review probably has more to do with me than the book. I find I experience a distance from the material when I read straight-on Dzogchen texts (as opposed to sutra-level work or Zen or Vipassana related texts). Either I'm trying too hard or I have other nuts to crack right now. To paraphrase Surya Das, perhaps I have more "schlepping" to do before I can "scoop" Namaste.
"In the Dzogchen teachings the term "knowledge" or "state of knowledge" denotes a state of consciousness which is like a mirror in that its nature cannot be stained by whatever images are reflected in it."
A good introduction into the self perfected state of Dzogchen explained by a true master of these teachings.
If the whole spectacle that's in front of you is no longer wholly believable to you; here's your man.